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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