MANKATO, Minn. --- The Minnesota State women's hockey dropped and 7-3 decision to eighth-rated Minnesota Duluth at the Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center, Saturday.
The Mavericks (0-2-0, 0-2-0 WCHA) and Bulldogs (2-0-0, 2-0-0 WCHA) saw seven lead changes in the contest with UMD finally pulling away with five consecutive goals near the end of the second and into the third period.
Bulldog senior forward Anna Klein scored the game's first goal 9:04 into the opening period off a nice feed from her linemate, Gabbie Hughes and going into the first intermission, UMD held a 1-0 lead.
Scoring ramped up in the second period after MSU sophomore forward Kennedy Bobyck scored the first goal of the season for the Mavericks at the 7:09 mark to tie the game on the power play. The Bulldogs reclaimed the lead shorthanded 43 seconds later after Anneke Linser chipped the puck on net from the neutral zone and Maverick netminder Calla Frank struggled to contain the rebound that Linser followed up on to give UMD a 2-1 advantage. Over a minute later, at 8:58 Madison Oelkers provided the Mavericks with another power-play tally to tie the game, 2-2. Sophomore forward Kelsey King gave the Mavericks their first lead of the season with a goal at the 12:03 mark in making it a 3-2 Minnesota State lead. UMD responded with a goal just 14 seaconds later to tie the game at three and then finished the second period with a 4-3 lead after freshman forward Clara Van Wieren scored in her second-straight game with two minutes left in the middle period.
Minnesota Duluth pulled away in the final period, scoring three more times where Klein and Linser rounded out four-point nights for the Bulldogs en route to a 7-3 win and sweep of Minnesota State.
Frank (0-2-0) saw 47 shots and stopped 40 while opposing goaltender Emma Soderberg (2-0-0) stopped 22-of-25 shots.
Minnesota State was outshot by Minnesota Duluth, 47-25, in the contest. MSU went two-for-six on the power play, while UMD was unable to convert on either of its two chances.
The Mavericks travel to St. Cloud State to take on the Huskies next weekend. Games are scheduled for 6:07 p.m. Friday and 3:07 p.m. Saturday.