MEN'S HOCKEY: Four-goal third period leads Minnesota State past BSU
MANKATO — It was only a matter of time before Bemidji State’s top-ranked penalty kill and Minnesota State’s top-ranked power play would clash Friday night.
The Beavers, who came into Friday night’s game as the Western Collegiate Hockey Association’s top penalty kill and No. 4 in the nation, didn’t have to kill a penalty until midway through the second period.
BSU killed the first two of its penalties but in the third period the Mavericks showed why their power play was also No. 1 in the league (and also top-five nationally).
MSU scored four times in the final frame — including twice on the man-advantage — to defeat the Beavers 5-2.
With the loss BSU drops to 8-14-7 overall and 8-9-4 in league play.The teams were tied 1-1 going into the third before Michael Huntebrinker broke the tie with his first goal of the season at the 2:30 mark.The Mavs (16-13-0, 14-7-0 WCHA) added another one — the first of their two power play tallies in the period — following a James Hansen elbowing penalty three minutes into the period.Right before Hansen stepped out of the box, MSU’s Zach Stepan scored what turned out to be the game-winner, getting a big rebound off a shot Jon Jutzi and burying it on the empty net left vacant by BSU goaltender Andrew Walsh.MSU made it 4-1 on Zach Lehrke’s goal at the 13:44 mark, but BSU’s Cory Ward pulled BSU back to within two goals three minutes later.Ward won the faceoff, pushed it back to defenseman Matt Prapavessis then got it back and scored a quick shot to beat MSU goalie Cole Huggins for his 17th goal of the season. Ward and JP Lafontaine, who had scored the game-tying goal earlier in the night, are tied for the WCHA lead in goals.But MSU put the game away later in the period during a 4-on-3 power play with just over two minutes to go. Zach Palmquist netted a goal — assisted by LaFontaine and Leitner — to make it 5-2.Walsh made 43 saves for BSU while Huggins stopped 26 shots for MSU.
Minnesota State 5, Bemidji State 2BSU 1 0 1 — 2MSU 0 1 4 — 5First Period — 1, BSU, Harms (Arentz), 12:46. Penalties — MSU, Lehrke (Boarding), 14:33.Second Period — 2, MSU, LaFontaine (Stern, Stepan), 3:14. Penalties — MSU, Leitner (Slashing), 6:29; MSU, Palmquist (Holding), 13:21; BSU, Illo (High Sticking), 14:43; MSU, Team (Too Many Men), 17:00; BSU, O’Connor (Holding), 19:58.Third Period — 3, MSU, Huntebrinker (Knowles, Gaede), 2:30; 4, MSU, Stepan (Jutzi, Palmquist), 5:00, PP; 5, MSU, Lehrke (Gervais, Leitner), 13:44; 6, BSU, Ward (Prapavessis), 16:45; 7, MSU, Palmquist (LaFontaine, Leitner), 17:56, PP. Penalties — BSU, Hansen (Elbowing), 3:00; MSU, Grant (Cross-Checking), 16:40; BSU, Marinaccio (Roughing), 16:40; BSU, Pedan (High Sticking), 17:39.Shots On Goal — BSU, 10-9-9—28; MSU — 14-17-17—48. Goalies (Shots-Saves) — BSU, Walsh (48-43); MSU, Huggins (28-26). Penalties-Minutes — BSU, 5-10; MSU 5-10. Power Plays-Opportunities — BSU, 0-for-4; MSU, 2-for-4.