Minnesota State Tops Bowling Green, 5-3, to Split Weekend Series
Junior forward C.J. Franklin posts two goals and assist for Mavericks

Junior forward C.J. Franklin scored two goals and an assist for the Mavericks
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 2:16  MNS1-0 PP Daniel Brickley (5)Ian Scheid/10, C.J. Franklin/13
1st 4:46  BGS1-1 EV Sean Walker (7)Mitchell McLain/11, Lukas Craggs/3
1st 15:03  BGS2-1 EV Matt Pohlkamp (8)Tyler Spezia/15, Kevin Dufour/10
2nd 4:26  BGS3-1 PP Sean Walker (8)Tyler Spezia/16, Pierre-Luc Mercier/6
2nd 14:29  MNS2-3 EV C.J. Franklin (8)Zeb Knutson/8, Zach Stepan/3
3rd 7:54  MNS3-3 PP Zeb Knutson (6)Zach Stepan/4, Sean Flanagan/6
3rd 9:20  MNS4-3 EV GW C.J. Franklin (9) -
3rd 19:23  MNS5-3 EV EN DP Marc Michaelis (11)Brad McClure/11, Carter Foguth/2
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Bowling Green  2103
Minnesota State  1135
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Bowling Green  146525
Minnesota State  117927
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Bowling Green (12-13-2)  1/3 4/8 0
Minnesota State (14-8-2)  2/3 4/19 0
Bowling Green Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Ryan Bednard (L, 4-3-0)59:344 106622
Empty Net0:261     
Minnesota State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Aaron Nelson (W, 3-1-0)60:003 125522

Mankato, Minn. --- --- #18th-rated Minnesota State scored three unanswered goals in the third period to grab a come-from-behind 5-3 victory over visiting Bowling Green in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association contest played in Mankato Saturday night.

For the 15th time this year Minnesota State got the game's first goal, this time when sophomore defenseman Daniel Brickley received a pass from Ian Scheid off an offensive zone face-off win by C.J. Franklin, then snapped a shot top shelf over netminder Ryan Bednard's right shoulder at the 2:16 mark for a power play goal. The goal is Brinkley's fifth of the year. Sean Walker countered for the Falcons after ripping a shot from forty feet out over goaltender Aaron Nelson's left shoulder at the 4:46 mark to tie the game at 1-1. BGSU forward Matt Pohlkamp made it a 2-1 Falcons' lead, pouncing on a loose puck in front of the net at the 15:03 mark and BGSU headed into the locker room after 20 minutes of play maintaining a 2-1 lead.

After a checking from behind penalty on Max Coatta was enforced at the start of the second period, Walker extended the Falcon lead to 3-1 on a power play goal (his second goal of the contest) that deflected in net off a Maverick defenseman from a shot from the point. The Mavericks cut the lead in half late in the period after junior forward C.J. Franklin hammered home a rebound at 14:29 of the period to bring the Mavericks within one goal going into the final frame.

After forward Zach Stepan dumped the puck into the offensive zone, Zeb Knutson snuck a sharp angled shot under the left pad of Bednard at 7:56 of the third period to tie the game 3-3. Just over a minute later Franklin came off the far wall and went five-hole and scored his second goal of the contest, giving the Mavericks a 4-3 advantage. Freshman winger Marc Michaelis solidified the win with an empty net goal to seal the win with 37 seconds left in the game.

Franklin finished with a three-point night on two goals and an assist.

Minnesota State, which was two-for-three on the power play, put 27 shots on goal in the contest. The Falcons went one-for-two with the man advantage.

Maverick netminder Aaron Nelson, who started for the fourth game in a row, made 22 stops and now stands 3-1-0 on the year.

The Mavericks, who fell to the Falcons Friday night in splitting the home league series, are 14-8-2 on the season with tonight's win. Bowling Green now stands at 12-13-2 with tonight's result.

The Mavericks continue WCHA action next weekend with a road series at Michigan Tech scheduled for Friday and Saturday in Houghton.