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Minnesota State coming off loss and tie -- just like Gophers

  • Blog Post by: Roman Augustoviz
  • November 28, 2011 - 1:03 AM

Minnesota State Mankato had a rough weekend, similar to the Gophers' -- except the Mavericks played at home.

The Mavericks lost by one goal on Friday to Alaska Anchorage and tied the Seawolves on Saturday.

To get a 5-5 tie, Minnesota State, which plays the Gophers at Mariucci Arena this coming weekend, had to rally from four goals down.

UAA led 2-1 after one period, then opened a 5-1 lead on goals by Jordan Kwas, Mickey Spencer and Curtis Leinweber, according to a Minnesota State news release. After the fifth goal, Minnesota State replaced starting goalie Phil Cook -- who stopped only two of seven shots -- and started scoring goals..

Eriah Hayes and freshman J.P. Lafontaine scored power-play goals at 11:30 and 13:51 to cut the Seawolves' lead to 5-3.  Hayes has four goals and four assists in a six-game points streak/

Lafontaine's second goal of the game -- and seventh of the season --  came on another power play at 2:15 of the third period. Senior defenseman Joe Schiller's shot from the point beat UAA goalie Rob Gunderson at 10:25 to tie the score. It  was Schiller's first goal of the season.

The overtime was scoreless.

The Mavericks had a season-high 46 shots on goal.

Freshman goalie Evan Karambelas, who replaced Cook midway through the second period, stopped all six shots he faced in his first college game.

Now 3-10-1 overall, 2-7-1 WCHA, Minnesota State continues WCHA action with a road series at the University of Minnesota on Friday and Saturday. Alaska Anchorage is now 5-7-2 overall, 2-7-1 WCHA.

UAA WINS SEESAW GAME

On Friday, Hayes gave Minnesota State a 1-0 lead in the first minute but UAA won 5-4. Jordan Kwas' power-play goal for the Seawolves with 1:40 left in the opening period tied the score at 1-1.

The score was 3-3 after two periods. Senior forward Justin Jokinen of the Mavericks scored a short-handed goal and an unassisted goal. In between, the Seawolves got goals from Brett Cameron on a breakaway and defenseman Curtis Leinweber on a give-and-go.

Andrew Pettit put the Seawolves ahead 4-3 early in the second period after a Minnesota State turnover. Zach Lehrke's second goal midway through the period tied the score again at 4-4. UAA countered with Scott Allen's rebound goal at 14:25, which was the game-winner.

The Mavericks outshot the Seawolves 27-24 in the game but went zero-for-three on power-play chances.

Alaska Anchorage converted on two of three chances with a man advantage.

MAVERICKS SWEPT GOPHERS LAST SEASON

Minnesota State beat the Gophers 3-2 and 2-1 on Dec. 3 and 4 in Mankato last season. And, going back two more season, the Mavericks have won five of the past six meetings.

The Mavericks' 2-1 win a year ago was a goaltending duel. Cook stopped 49 of 50 shots; Kent Patterson made 30 saves for the Gophers.

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