MANKATO, Minn. - Minnesota State earned its tenth victory of the season Friday night behind four third-period goals, two each by senior Tracy McCann and junior Kathleen Rogan, as the Mavericks topped St. Cloud State 4-2 in Western Collegiate Hockey Association action at All Seasons Arena.
With the win, MSU regains sole possession of seventh place in the league with a 10-19-0 overall record and 5-18-0 mark in conference competition. SCSU slips to 4-23-3 on the season and 3-20-2 in league play.
St. Cloud State jumped out to a 1-0 lead after the first period on an even-strength goal from freshman Lauren Hespenheide. After a breakout pass from freshman Paige Pena, Hespenheide had her initial shot saved by MSU sophomore netminder Erin Krichiver (Chicago, Ill.) but regained the puck and beat Krichiver high on the blocker side at 14:08.
Minnesota State controlled the entire second period outshooting the Huskies 19-7 in the frame to hold a 26-23 advantage through two periods. However, the period's lone goal came with 13 seconds remaining when Hespenheide notched her second marker of the contest. Senior Molli Mott led a rush down the left side and fired a cross ice pass to Pena who found Hespenheide in front at the 19:47 mark extending SCSU a two-goal margin after 40 minutes. Huskie junior Julie Friend played outstanding in the stanza stopping consecutive shots on multiple occasions to keep MSU off the scoreboard.
The Mavericks cut the deficit in half at 9:20 of the third period when junior Kathleen Rogan (Vancouver, B.C.) scored unassisted on a shot near the goal. Senior Tracy McCann (Lakewood, Ohio) notched an unassisted marker of her own at 12:10 with a slap shot that beat Friend between the pads tying the contest at two apiece. Rogan gave MSU its first lead of the night at 16:40 with perfect wrist shot into the upper left-hand corner, before McCann collected an empty-net goal with a shot from the neutral zone at 19:28 to complete the 4-2 final.
Senior Nicole Germaine (Mississauga, Ont.) assisted each of MSU's final two goals to tie a career-best with two helpers. McCann added an assist of her own giving her three points on the evening and matching her season-high.
Friend registered a game-high 33 saves for the Huskies who were unable to convert on a pair of power-play chances. Krichiver made 29 saves and improved to 4-2 for the Mavericks who outshot SCSU 37-31 and did not score on their lone chance with the advantage.
Minnesota State looks to capture a series sweep tomorrow as the two teams wrap up the two-game set at 3:07 p.m. back inside All Seasons Arena.