MANKATO, Minn. - The Minnesota State University women's hockey team earned their first WCHA victory of the season defeating tenth-ranked Bemidji State 2-1 in a thrilling overtime victory Friday evening.
Senior forward Ariel Mackley scored from the point with just 17 seconds remaining in overtime to give MSU the victory. Mackley's goal was a tick-tack-toe play that was set up by forward Kari Lundberg and defenseman Jackie Otto.
Minnesota State improves to 5-6-0 overall and 1-4-0 in the WCHA, while Bemidji State drops to 6-3-2 overall and 3-3-1 in the WCHA.
The Mavericks led 1-0 after a second period goal by sophomore forward Kari Lundbergwhich marked her fourth goal of the season. Senior forward Emmi Leinonen notched her sixth assist of the year on as sophomore forward Nicole Germaine also earned an assist on the goal.
Bemidji State scored a power play goal tying the game at the 14:14 mark of the third period.
Senior goaltender Alli Altmann stopped 20 pucks for MSU, while the Beavers Zuzana Tomcikova earned 29 saves.
Bemidji State went 1-of-3 with an extra attacker and didn't commit a penalty all game.
Minnesota State and #10 Bemidji State will face-off again tomorrow afternoon at 3:07 p.m. at All Seasons Arena.