Mankato, Minn. --- Minnesota State senior forward Reggie Lutz scored twice in helping lead fourth-rated Minnesota State to a 5-1 win over eighth-rated Bowling Green in Western Collegiate Hockey Association action in Mankato Saturday.
After leading 1-0 through the first 20 minutes, the Mavericks scored three times in the last 3:15 of the second period in taking control of the game.
Sophomore forward Shane McMahan circled around the net before rifling a shot from the slot that beat Zack Rose over his right shoulder at 4:56 of the opening stanza to give the Mavericks a 1-0 lead. The goal is the first of the year for McMahan, while rookie center Ondrei Pavel, who picked up his first career point on the play, and senior defenseman Riese Zmolek were credited with assists.
It became a 2-0 Minnesota State lead at 16:45 of the second period after sophomore forward Ryan Sandelin wired a shot from the off-wing past Rose for his third goal of the season. Sophomore center Nathan Smith assisted on the goal. Then at 17:51, Jared Spooner took a pass from Smith, who was positioned below the goal line and put the puck between Rose's pad and the pipe to register his second goal of the season. Right before the end of the period, senior winger Reggie Lutz took a pass from senior center Jake Jaremko on an odd-man rush and scored his sixth goal of the season and the Mavericks entered the locker room at the end of the period owning a 4-0 lead.
Lutz tallied his second goal of the game at the 3:00-minute mark of the final period, forcing a turnover in the slot and ripping a shot by Eric Dop for his team-best seventh goal of the year. Dop had replaced Rose at the beginning of the third period. BGSU got a power play goal at 12:38 with Connor Ford capitalizing on a chance from in front of the Minnesota State net.
Smith and Pavel both finished with two assists in the contest.
Junior netminder Dryden McKay stopped 20 of 21 shots in getting the win and now stands 11-1-0 on the year.
The Mavericks stand 11-2-1 overall and sit atop the league standings with an 8-0-0 WCHA mark tonight's with tonight's win. Bowling Green goes to 16-6-0 overall, 5-3-0 WCHA.
Minnesota State continues WCHA play next week with a road series at Alabama Huntsville scheduled for Thursday and Friday.