MANKATO, Minn. - Minnesota State and St. Cloud State traded goals for three periods as the Huskies scored with 1:35 remaining in regulation to produce a 3-3 tie in Western Collegiate Hockey Association action Saturday afternoon at All Seasons Arena.
SCSU earned an additional point in the conference standings with a 1-0 shootout victory.
MSU moves to 10-19-1 overall with a 5-18-1 standing in league play, good for 16 points and seventh place. The Huskies stand 4-24-4 on the season with a 3-20-3 mark in the WCHA giving them 14 points and an eighth-place standing.
The Mavericks claimed a one-goal lead after 20 minutes of action courtesy of senior Kelsie Scott's (Souris, Man.) fourth goal of the year. Just as a St. Cloud State penalty expired, junior Shelby Moteyunas (Cicero, N.Y.) fired a shot from the point that was redirected off traffic by junior Natalie Stoltz (St. Paul, Minn.) before Scott buried the rebound into the right side by sprawling SCSU junior goaltender Julie Friend. MSU outshot the Huskies 16-5 in the frame and received three opportunities on the advantage.
Each team lit the lamp on the power-play in the second stanza to produce a 2-1 Maverick lead going into the second intermission. St. Cloud State junior Audrey Hanmer lifted a forehand chance past MSU sophomore Erin Krichiver (Chicago, Ill.) at 8:19 to bring the Huskies even. Minnesota State answered right back at 15:34 on senior Kari Lundberg's (Woodbury, Minn.) 10th marker of the season. Senior Lauren Barnes (Burnsville, Minn.) ripped a shot from the blue line that was saved by Friend, then senior Tracy McCann (Lakewood, Ohio) corralled the loose puck and fed Lundberg who tapped the puck into the left side. SCSU owned a 17-9 advantage in shots in the stanza including 10 on the power-play.
SCSU senior Molli Mott knotted the contest at 2-2 at 4:13 of the third period with a fantastic wrist shot from the slot while laying on one knee as senior Michelle Burke garnered her second assist of the day. Maverick senior Nicole Germaine (Mississauga, Ont.) put MSU back in front at 12:53 when she ripped a wrist shot past Friend high on the blocker side for her ninth goal of the year. However, Mott struck again at 18:25 for her second marker of the contest sending the game to overtime tied 3-3.
The Purple and Gold outshot SCSU 4-0 in the extra frame but could not find the back of net forcing the Mavericks' first shootout of the season. There, Krichiver made a pair of sound saves for MSU, but a five-hole goal by freshman Lauren Hespenheide proved decisive as the Mavericks failed to convert on three chances.
All in all, Krichiver posted 28 saves for MSU which outshot SCSU 39-31 and finished one-of-five on the power-play. The Huskies also ended one-of-five on the advantage as Friend registered a game-high 36 stops.
Minnesota State returns to conference play next weekend with a Saturday-Sunday series against UND at Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks, N.D.