|March 04, 2016||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|1||01:52||MINNST||Knutson, Zeb (Huntebrinker, M , Gervais, Bryce)|
|1||13:18||MINNST||Blueger, Teddy (Margonari, Dylan , Flanagan, Sean)|
|1||15:51||MINNST||Margonari, Dylan (Blueger, Teddy )|
|2||14:17||MINNST||Foguth, Carter (Franklin, C.J. )|
|2||14:48||BSU||Gerbrandt, Markus (Parker, John )|
|3||05:24||MINNST||Mullin, Jimmy (Blueger, Teddy , Margonari, Dylan)|
|3||09:36||MINNST||Nelson, Jordan (Knowles, Brett , Jutzi, Jon)|
|Shots on Goal||13||46|
MANKATO, Minn. (Verizon Wireless Center) – The Minnesota State University men’s hockey team took a step towards defending its Western Collegiate Hockey Association regular-season crown Friday, posting a 6-1 victory over Bemidji State University at Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato, Minn.
With one game left in the 2015-16 regular season, the Mavericks will secure sole possession of the McNaughton Cup with a tie or a win in tomorrow’s season finale.
The No. 16 Mavericks wasted little time jumping out to a lead in the game, getting a goal off the stick of Zeb Knutson just 1:52 after the opening face off.
Goals from MSU’s Teddy Blueger (13:18) and Dylan Morganari (15:51) put the mavericks up 3-0 before the first period came to an end and ended the night of Bemidji State goaltender Michael Bitzer after 15:51 of play.
The Mavericks stretched their lead to four goals, 4-0, 14:17 into the second period when Carter Foguth netted his first goal of the season. But the Beavers and Markus Gerbrandt would answer 31 seconds later to get on the board and head into the final 20 minutes of play trailing 4-1.
During the final period, MSU continued to control play extending its lead in shots on goal to 45-13, including a pair of goals.
BSU’s penalty-kill unit held the Mavericks off the scoreboard on three opportunities, while its power-play squad was o-for-1 on the night.
Bitzer took the loss (11-14-5) stopping 11-of-14 shots faced. In relief, Reid Mimmack posted 29 saves and surrendered three goals in 44:09 in goal.
The Beavers (15-14-6; 10-12-5 WCHA) and Minnesota State (18-10-7; 16-14-7 WCHA) will wrap up the series and the regular season at 7:07 p.m. tomorrow.
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.