OMAHA, Neb. — No. 20 Minnesota State continued its torrid pace, earning a 6-3 win against No. 13 Nebraska-Omaha in conference action on Friday. The win is the seventh in a row for the Mavericks.
Nebraska-Omaha scored on its first chance in the game, on a goal by Matt White. Minnesota State responded at 12:11 after junior forward Johnny McInnis took a feed from sophomore winger Chase Grant to beat UNO’s John Faulkner on the power play. McInnis now has seven goals on the year.
The two teams combined to score five times in the second period, with MSU owning a 4-3 advantage overall. Freshman forward Dylan Margonari got his fifth goal of the season three minutes into the period on a one-timer, but UNO responded quickly, with a power-play goal by Zahn Raubenheimer at 8:26. Sophomore forward Jean-Paul Lafontaine scored a power play at 10:03 and McInnis scored his second of the game at 11:34. UNO drew within one again on a goal by Ryan Walters, who scored on a backdoor play at 12:04.
Then with the Mavericks shorthanded, freshman forward Bryce Gervais took a pass from Eli Zuck and beat Stolarz on a breakaway for his fourth goal of the year at 1:40 of the third period. Freshman defenseman Jon Jutzi converted on a two-on-one with Teddy Blueger to notch his first career goal at the 18-minute mark. The assist was Blueger’s third of the game.
Now 10-5-2 overall and 8-5-0 in WCHA games on the season, Minnesota State trailed in shots on goal 28-27.
Stephon Williams, who stands 7-3-1 on the season and won for the seventh consecutive time, turned aside 25 shots in getting the decision. The Mavericks finished 2-for-5 on the power play in the game, while Nebraska Omaha was 1-for-6 with the man advantage.