|March 01, 2019||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|1||09:33||BSU||Harris, Brendan (Cardelli, Nick , Baudry, Justin)|
|1||15:00||MINNST||Rivera, Nick (Napravnik, Julian , McKay, Dryden)|
|1||19:02||MINNST||Coatta, Max (Jaremko, Jake , Van Os-Shaw, Chris)|
|2||16:08||MINNST||Spooner, Jared (Rivera, Nick , Gerads, Dallas)|
|2||18:53||MINNST||Tuomie, Parker (Michaelis, Marc , Gerard, Charlie)|
|Shots on Goal||32||28|
MANKATO, Minn. (Verizon Wireless Center) -- Brendan Harris put the Bemidji State University men's hockey team ahead early, but No. 4 Minnesota State University, Mankato scored four unanswered goals to take the opening game of the series, 4-1, Friday in Mankato, Minn.
Eleven different Mavericks recorded at least a point, led by Nicholas Rivera, who posted a goal and an assist, while Dryden McKay stopped 31-of-32 of the shots he faced to power the regular-season champion Mavericks to their 26th victory of the season.
The Beavers put the Mavericks on their heels when Brendan Harris scored his fourth goal of the season to give BSU a 1-0 lead just 9:33 after the opening face off. Justin Baudry and Nick Cardelli were credited with assists on the scoring play.
The BSU lead would last 5:27 before Rivera beat the BSU goaltender, Zach Driscoll, to tie the game. With seconds left in the first period (19:02), Max Coatta found the back of the net to give the Mavericks their first lead of the game. It was a lead they would not relinquish.
At the 16:08 mark of the second period, Jared Spooner added to the MSU lead and Parker Tuomie netted the only power-play goal of the evening to give the Mavericks a three-goal cushion at the 18:53 mark.
The Mavericks finished the night 1-for-5 on the power play, while BSU failed to score on any of its three attempts.
Bemidji State, now 15-14-6 overall and 13-10-4-2 in WCHA play, remains fifth in the WCHA standings, five points behind Lake Superior State University for the final home playoff berth position, two points ahead of Michigan Technological University with just one game to go. A win tomorrow and the Beavers will lock up fifth place and will travel to the No. 4 seed for the opening round of the playoffs. With three points separating fourth and second, BSU could end up playing at Northern Michigan University, Bowling Green State University or Lake Superior State.
The Beavers and Mavericks will wrap up the 2018-19 regular season tomorrow with a 7:07 p.m. opening face off back at the Verizon Wireless Center.
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