ERIE, Pa. -- Fifth-ranked Mercyhurst scored five goals in eight minutes during the first period and cruised to an 8-1 victory against No. 10 Minnesota State-Mankato on Friday at the Mercyhurst Ice Center. The Lakers improved to 7-1-1 in the season while the Mavericks dropped to 4-3-2.

Senior Stephanie DeSutter opened scoring five minutes into play when she shot the puck past Maverick goaltender Danielle Butters. Sophomore Shelby Bram and freshman Emily Janiga had the assists.

Senior Lauren Jones scored her first goal of the season at 9:11 with Bram and junior Christine Bestland collecting the assists. Sophomore Molly Byrne scored a power-play goal just 36 seconds later to extend the lead to three. Bestland and freshman Jenna Dingledein had the assists.

Junior Christie Cicero scored her fifth goal of the season at 13:08, with freshmen Lauren Kilroy and Kathy Donohue picking up the assists. That prompted the Mavericks to make a change in goal with Erin Krichiver taking over for Butters, who stopped just six-of-ten shots in just over 13 minutes. Janiga scored 34 seconds after the switch was made. Bestland and Bram had the assists.

In the first period the Lakers outshot the Mavericks 17-9. Mercyhurst was one for six on the power play, scoring the only goal in the first.

Cicero scored her second goal of the night at the 6:19 mark of the second period. Seniors Jenna Hendrikx and Gina Buquet had the assists. Jones came back and scored three minutes later, her second goal of the game, to extend the lead to seven goals. Dingledein and Kilroy had the assists.

Bram ended the scoring at the 18:22 mark of the second period with her third goal of the season. Janiga and Dingeldein had the assists.

Bram finished the night with a goal and three assists while Janiga had a goal and two assists. Dingledein and Bestland had three assists in the victory.

The Lakers outshot the Mavericks 42-18 for the contest. The Mavericks were 1-for-4 on their power-play opportunities, while the Lakers went 1-for-6.

Sophomore Amanda Makela (3-1-1) played the entire 60:00 in net, making 17 saves and allowing one goal. Butters (4-3-2) made six saves and allowed four. Krichiver made 28 saves in 46:52, allowing four goals.