Minnesota State Tops Princeton, 5-4, To Earn Weekend Split
Freshman forward Marc Michaelis has goal and two assists for Mavericks

Freshman forward Marc Michaelis had a goal and two assists for the Mavericks
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 0:54  MNS1-0 EV Nicholas Rivera (4)Max Coatta/4, Jordan Nelson/5
1st 8:47  MNS2-0 EV Marc Michaelis (10)C.J. Franklin/10, Brad McClure/9
2nd 2:32  PRN1-2 EV Jackson Cressey (3)Max Véronneau/14, Matt Nelson/1
2nd 3:04  PRN2-2 EV Ryan Kuffner (9)Max Véronneau/15, Alex Riche/7
2nd 5:57  MNS3-2 PP C.J. Franklin (7)Marc Michaelis/15, Brad McClure/10
2nd 9:13  MNS4-2 EV Daniel Brickley (4)Ian Scheid/9, Marc Michaelis/16
2nd 12:04  PRN3-4 PP Ryan Kuffner (10)Josh Teves/10, David Hallisey/9
2nd 15:35  PRN4-4 PP Josh Teves (1)Jackson Cressey/12, David Hallisey/10
3rd 4:27  MNS5-4 EV GW Michael Huntebrinker (3)Charlie Gerard/1
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Minnesota State  2215
Princeton  0404
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Minnesota State  23111448
Princeton  1018836
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Minnesota State (11-7-2)  1/7 6/12 0
Princeton (7-8-1)  2/6 8/16 0
Minnesota State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Jason Pawloski (W, 4-3-2)60:004 1014832
Princeton Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Colton Phinney (L, 6-8-1)59:145 2191343
Empty Net0:460     

Princeton, N.J. --- 19th-rated Minnesota State jumped out to a 2-0 first period lead and never trailed in downing Princeton 5-4 in a men's college hockey nonconference game Friday.

Minnesota State owned much of the territorial advantage in the first 20 minutes of play and it didn't take long for the visiting Mavericks to score the game's first goal when freshman forward Nick Rivera cashed in on a rebound chance at the 54-second mark for his fourth goal of the season. Then, at 8:47 shortly following a Minnesota State power play, freshman forward Mark Michaelis pounced on the puck after Colton Phinney had initially stopped a shot from C.J. Franklin to score his tenth goal of the year. The Mavericks outshot the Tigers by a 23-10 margin in the first period.

The two teams connected for six goals in the second period with Princeton scoring the first two, the Mavericks the next two and the Tigers the last two. The Minnesota State two-goal lead disappeared in the first three minutes of the middle frame when Jackson Cresse and Ryan Kuffner tallied goals for Princeton to knot the score at 2-2. Franklin rifled a shot from the right dot past Phinney for a power play goal at 5:57 and Daniel Brickley's wrister from far out found the back of the net at 9:13 allowing the Mavericks to regain their two-goal edge. Princeton responded with a pair of power play markers - the first on a five-on-three by Kuffner at 12:04 and the second by defenseman Josh Teves at 15:35 - and the two teams stood tied at 4-4 at the end of 40 minutes of action.

Senior forward Michael Huntebrinker got the game-winner at 4:27 of the final period when he went forehand-backhand to beat Phinney for his third goal of the season. For Huntebrinker, who hadn't scored since Oct. 29 (versus Ferris State), the goal is his first career game-winning tally.

Michaelis, who entered the game as the second-highest scoring freshman in the country, finished with a three-point night on a goal and two assists.

The Mavericks owned a 48-36 advantage in shots on goal and converted on one-of-seven power play chances in the contest. The Tigers, who came into tonight owning a five-game winning streak, finished the game with a two-for-six performance with the man advantage.

Now 11-7-2 overall for the season, the Mavericks are off until resuming action Jan. 6-7 with a Western Collegiate Hockey Association road series at Alabama-Huntsville.