MANKATO, Minn. – Three different players contributed goals as Minnesota State earned a trip to St. Paul, Minn., for the WCHA Final Five as the Mavericks clinched the best-of-three series with a 3-1 victory against Nebraska Omaha on Sunday at the Verizon Wireless Center.
MSU, which won Friday 4-3 in overtime and lost 2-1 on Saturday, will make its third trip to the Final Five and first since 2002-03.
MSU got off two a 2-0 first-period lead and never trailed in Sunday’s contest.
Forward Bryce Gervais took a pass from forward Chase Grant and beat Nebraska Omaha goaltender John Faulkner high over the glove side at 8:23 of the first period to get things started. It became a 2-0 lead when forward Max Gaede slipped a shot past Faulkner at 13:45 for his first goal of the year.
UNO got on the board in the second period on a goal by forward Dominic Zombo, who tipped the puck off a shot by forward Josh Archibald that bounced in low between the pads of MSU goaltender Stephon Williams at 18:43.
The dagger came at 4:30 in the third period on a power-play goal scored by forward Matt Leitner, MSU’s top point-producer this year and one of the top power-play performers in the country.
Minnesota State (24-12-3) outshot Nebraska 34-27 in the game. MSU was 1-for-3 on the power play, while Nebraska Omaha went 0-for-2.