Feb. 28, 2009

Courtesy of Minnesota State Mankato

Mankato, Minn. --- Minnesota State overcame two two-goal deficits to claim a 4-3 overtime win over #16 Wisconsin in Western Collegiate Hockey Association action in Mankato Friday.

The two teams battled through a scoreless first frame before the Badgers opened up a 2-0 lead on power play goals in the second period by Brendan Smith and Tom Gorowsky. MSU junior forward Zach Harrison tallied at 16:26, but another Wisconson power play tally at 17:04 by Michael Davis made it a two-goal Badger lead once again. MSU junior forward Trevor Bruess cut the deficit to 3-2 at 19:41 with MSU junior forward Geoff Irwin assisted on the goal to extend his point-scoring streak to seven games during which he’s racked up 4-5—9.

Then, with the Mavericks on the power play in the third period, junior forward Kael Mouillierat beat UW goaltender Shane Connelly with a shot over the shoulder on the glove side at 15:23 to send the game into overtime.

MSU junior forward Jerad Stewart got the game-winner at 3:14 of overtime when he beat Connelly with a wrist shot from 20 feet out. The goal by Stewart is his sixth of the year and the second game-winning tally of the season.

UNO, which is now 16-14-3 overall and 13-10-2 WCHA, outshot MSU by a 35-27 margin.

Minnesota State is now 14-15-4 on the year and 10-13-2 in WCHA games.

The two teams close out the two-game league series Saturday with a 7:07 p.m. face-off at Alltel Center.