Minnesota State University, Mankato completes sweep of BSU, 4-0
Saturday, November 6, 2004

MANKATO, Minn. - [box score] Despite only trailing 1-0 after two periods of play, Bemidji State (1-3-0, 0-0-0 CHA) surrendered three goals to Minnesota State (2-5-1, 0-5-1 WCHA) in the final stanza, including two power-play scores, which allowed the Mavericks to record a series sweep of the Beavers at the Midwest Wireless Civice Center Saturday night. MSU outscored BSU 8-0 on the weekend and the loss pushes the Beavers losing streak to three games.

The Mavericks lit up the scoreboard just 1:23 when Austin Sutter scored what proved to be the game-winning tally for the home team. Minnesota State held a one-goal advantage until the beginning of the third frame, at which point the Mavericks erupted for two goals in span of less than two minutes. Ryan Carter made the score 2-0 with a power-play marker at 1:56 of the final period, while David Backes put MSU ahead 3-0 at the 2:30 mark with an even-strength score of his own. Joel Hanson recorded another power-play lamplighter for Minnesota State at the 12:40 mark of the final frame to solidify a 4-0 blanking and two-game sweep of Bemidji State.

MSU outshot BSU 34-21, including a 25-14 mark in the final two periods of play.

The Beavers finished the game 0-for-5 with a man advantage, while the Mavericks staged two goals on five power-play opportunities. BSU finished the weekend with an 0-for-14 clip on the power-play and the Green and White have generated just one goal in their last 25 chances with a man advantage.

Sophomore Layne Sedevie turned away 30 saves in the loss as compared to Chris Clark who secured 21 saves in his first start of the 2004-05 campaign for MSU.

The loss dropped BSU to 37-28-12 all-time against Minnesota State, 1-9-2 since the Beavers made the move to Division I in 1999. The Mavericks are unbeaten in the last seven meetings between the two teams, with ties on Nov. 1, 2002, and Oct. 25, 2003.

The Beavers will look to back on track with at home with a non-conference series with Bentley on Friday, Nov. 5 and Saturday, Nov. 6 at the John S. Glas Fieldshouse. Opening face-off is set for 7:35 p.m. Friday and 7:05 p.m. Saturday.