Mankato, Minn. --- #5 Minnesota State picked up a 5-4 nonconference men's hockey win over Bemidji State in a wild offensive game at the Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center Friday night.
With the win the Mavericks improve to 3-1-0 on the season while the Beavers fall to 1-3-0.
Sophomore forward Cade Borchardt, who finished with two goals and two assists for a four-point night, put the Mavericks up at 5:44 of the first period when he snuck a wrist shot by Zach Driscoll during the team's first power play opportunity. The goal was Borchardt's second on the season and drawing assists wer Brendan Furry and Nathan Smith.
Minnesota State continued its success on the power play when Julian Napravnik drilled home a shot from the right circle for his second goal of the season at the 19-minute mark. The Napravnik's goal came off of a nice pass from freshman blueliner Akito Hirose and Borchardt also added a helper on the play.
The Beavers cut the Maverick lead to 2-1 after scoring on a power play goal at the 5:56 mark of the second period. The Mavericks again went up by two goals when Ryan Sandelin tallied his first goal of the season during four-on-four play at the 10:07 mark. But Bemidji State responded, capitalizing on a loose puck in the crease that got tipped in by a Maverick player for an own goal at 12:20 and three minutes later it became a tie game at 3-3 when BSU Ethan Somoza scored on a breakaway. The Mavericks scored twice more before the end of the middle stanza. Borchardt netted his second goal of the game to give the Mavericks a 4-3 lead at the 17:19 mark of the second after a prolonged possession in the Beavers zone and then Napravnik added his second goal of the game after dropping in as the third man on a three-on-two and drilling home a slap shot from just outside the left circle.
At the 15:29 mark of the third period Bemidji State once again cut the Minnesota State lead to one when they scored a goal with an extra attacker on a delayed penalty call for the Mavericks. Despite the Beavers pulling the goaltender with 1:11, the Mavericks were able to block a couple of shots late and hold on for the 5-4 victory.
Dryden McKay finished the game with 23 saves to pick up the win while Mavericks maintained a 40-27 advantage in shots on goal. Napravnik finished with two goals and assist and Hirose had a pair of assists.
The Mavericks finished the game going a perfect two-for-two in power play chances, while Bemidji State was one-for-three with the man advantage.
Minnesota State (3-1-0 overall) and Bemidji State close out the two-game nonconference series Saturday with a 5:07 p.m. face-off scheduled.