December 01, 20121st2nd3rdFinal
Bemidji State0011
Minnesota State2226
Scoring Summary
105:59MSUBrett Stern (Eriah Hayes , JP Lafontaine)
112:21MSUJohnny McInnis (Teddy Blueger , Dylan Margonari)
215:10MSUChase Grant (Teddy Blueger , Dylan Margonari)
217:00MSUMatt Leitner (Tyler Elbrecht , Brett Stern)
303:09MSUJosh Nelson (Teddy Blueger , Johnny McInnis)
307:23MSUEriah Hayes (JP Lafontaine , Brett Knowles)
313:07BSUJordan George (Matt Prapavessis , Danny Mattson)
Goaltender SummaryMinGAENSv
BSUMathieu Dugas60:006026
MSUStephon Williams60:001017
Statistical ComparisonBSUMSU
Shots on Goal1832
Power Plays1-33-7
Penalties-Minutes8-385-32
Minnesota State completes sweep with 6-1 victory over BSU
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Minnesota State completes sweep with 6-1 victory over BSU

MANKATO, Minn. (Verizon Wireless Center) – Minnesota State got three assists from Teddy Blueger and six different Maverick players scored goals in a dominating 6-1 victory over Bemidji State University Saturday at Verizon Wireless Center.

The Mavericks held a 34-18 edge in shots on goal, which included an 18-2 advantage in the first period, and finished the night 3-for-7 on the power play to complete the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) sweep over the Beavers.

For the second consecutive night, the Mavericks were first the light the scoreboard. Despite ripping the first two shots of the game and controlling play for the first three minutes of the period, Minnesota State quickly gained momentum. At the 5:59 mark of the period, Brett Stern netted his first collegiate goal with help from Eriah Hayes and J.P. Lafontaine to spark MSU.

Just a night after being held scoreless on five power-play opportunities, Minnesota State extended its lead to two goals a the 12:21 mark of the period. Johnny McInnis scored a power-play marker with just 21 left in the Mavericks’ first man advantage opportunity of the night. The Beavers were unable to clear the puck and McInnis placed a goal over the shoulder of the BSU goaltender Mathieu Dugas (Sr., L’Assomption, Quebec) after passes from Teddy Blueger and Dylan Margonari.

The Mavericks took a 2-0 lead into the locker room at the end of the first period after dominating play in the final 17 minutes of the frame, out shooting BSU 18-0 during that span of time.

Registering just two shots on goal during the first session stands as the fewest number of shots posted in a period since the second frame of a Nov. 15, 2003 contest versus University of Minnesota Duluth in which BSU also managed just two shots on goal.

The Mavericks’ dominance continued into the second period.  MSU out shot the Beavers 8-4, but capitalized on a power-play opportunity and added another goal to stretch its lead to 4-0.

At the 15:00 minute mark, Corey Ward (Fr., F, Las Vegas, Nev.) was booked for boarding and just 10 seconds later Chase Grant collected a faceoff won by Teddy Blueger and buried the Mavericks’ third goal of the night.

Matt Leitner put the Mavericks up 4-0 at the 17:00 minute mark scoring his fourth goal of the season.

BSU was whistled for its second major penalty of the game when Brady Wacker (Sr., D, Jansen Saskatchewan) was cited for contact to the head at the 2:22 mark of the third period and the Mavericks took advantage. Josh Nelson scored 47 seconds into the opportunity and jsut after major penalty expired, Eriah Hayes gave the Mavericks a six-goal cushion, netting his eighth goal of the season.

The Beavers got a major penalty power-play opportunity to their own; in fact, they got two. At the 8:05 mark, Jon Jutzi was escorted to the locker room and before the penalty would expire, Zach Lehrke saw his night end early after being called for a checking from behind major penalty.  That set the Beavers up with a 5-on-3 for 1:20 and gave the Beavers 7:20 of consecutive power-play time, but BSU would manage only nine shots and a goal.

Jordan George (Sr., F, Madison, Minn.) got the Beavers on the board 1:22 into the Lehrke penalty shoving the puck between MSU goaltender Stephon Williams’ pads with help from Matt Prapavessis (So., D, Oakville, Ontario) and Brad Robbins (Sr., F, Murietta, Calif.). The assist was the first of Robbins' career.

BSU finished the night 1-for-3 on the power play.

Dugas was tagged with the loss, collecting 26 saves and surrendered four MSU goals.  His record dips to 1-3-1 on the season.

The Beavers, now 3-7-2 overall and 2-6-2 in WCHA play, return to action Dec. 7-8 when they travel to Duluth, Minn. to continue its current four-game road swing with a two-game Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) series versus University of Minnesota Duluth (4-7-3; 2-5-3 WCHA).  The series will get underway at 7:07 p.m. Friday, with a 7:07 p.m. opening faceoff set for Saturday at AMSOIL Arena.

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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).

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