MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Fourth-rated Minnesota State never trailed in skating to a 5-1 win at the University of Minnesota in nonconference men's hockey action in Minneapolis Friday.
Senior forward Marc Michaelis scored twice and had two assists in the contest as the Mavericks downed the Golden Gophers for the fifth time in the last seven meetings between the two schools.
Minnesota State started quickly, getting a goal from sophomore winger Dallas Gerads at the 5:56 mark of the opening period. Gerads walked in off of the right wall and beat Mat Robson with a shot to the shortside for his third goal of the year. The Golden Gophers, who are rated #8 in one poll and #10 in another this week, responded at 14:33 on the power play with Brent Gates, Jr., evening the score. Junior Charlie Gerard shoveled a pass from Parker Tuomie into the net at 15:41 and the Mavericks owned a 2-1 advantage after 20 minutes of action.
Junior winger Nick Rivera slid the puck underneath Robson's pads for his second goal of the season to give Minnesota State a 3-1 lead just 32 seconds into the second period and after 40 minutes, the Mavericks owned a 3-1 lead.
After a great job by Gerads on the forecheck, Gerard found Marc Michaelis in front of the Gopher net and the junior center from Mannheim, Germany made no mistake from right in front to give the Mavericks a 4-1 lead.
Minnesota State senior netminder Mathias Israelsson, who started for the third straight game, stopped 24 shots in the contest and now stands 3-0-0 for the year.
Junior forward Charlie Gerard enjoyed a three-point night in the contest with a goal and a pair of helpers.
With the win, Minnesota State ups its record to 6-1-0 on the year, while Minnesota drops to 1-2-0.
The two teams close out the two-game series Saturday with a 7:07 p.m. CST face-off scheduled for Verizon Center in Mankato.