|November 30, 2012||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|1||04:22||MSU||Dylan Margonari (Matt Leitner , Zach Lehrke)|
|2||16:00||MSU||Zach Lehrke (Eriah Hayes , Matt Leitner)|
|3||15:45||MSU||Bryce Gervais (Eli Zuck , Max Gaede)|
|Shots on Goal||20||40|
MANKATO, Minn. (Verizon Wireless Center) – Stephon Williams posted his first collegiate shutout and Park Rapids, Minn. native Zach Lehrke posted a goal and an assist to power the Minnesota State University men’s ice hockey team to a 3-0 victory over Bemidji State University Friday at Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato, Minn.
BSU’s record dips to 3-6-2 overall and 2-5-3 in league play following the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) loss, while MSU improves to 6-5-2 on the season and 4-5-0 in the WCHA.
Out shot 40-20 in the game, the Beavers failed to score a goal for the second time this season, snapping a streak of nine games with at least one goal.
The Mavericks struck just 4:22 into the game. Following a shot by Zach Palmquist, the Beavers were unable to clear the puck and although the team blocked four shots and BSU goaltender Mathieu Dugas (Sr., L’Assomption, Quebec) made one of his 37 saves, Dylan Marginari collected a rebound and shoved the puck out of a scrum in front of the net and past Dugas. His fourth goal of the season put Minnesota State up 1-0.
Despite being outshot 17-9 and taking a pair of penalties in the period, the BSU penalty-kill held the Mavericks scoreless and the score stuck at 1-0 through 20 minutes of play.
The second period was more of the same for the Beavers.
Minnesota State outshot BSU 13-8 in the frame and spent four minutes on the man advantage. Bemidji State snuffed out both MSU power-play chances, but just 20 seconds after the second opportunity expired; Zach Lehrke gave the Mavericks a two-goal lead, 2-0, with four minutes left in the second.
BSU played a more spirited third period and got its first shot on the power play, but was unable to solve the MSU goaltender and following a Bryce Gervais tally with 4:15 to play, dropped the league matchup 3-0.
Whistled for five penalties in the game, a BSU penalty-kill unit that has struggled recently was tested tonight and answered each time it was called upon, holding MSU scoreless on five power-play chances.
The Beavers finished the night 0-for-1 on the power play.
Bemidji State and Minnesota State will settle the league series tomorrow at 7:07 p.m. from Verizon Wireless Center.
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).