Senior forward Emily West scores hat trick for Gophers

Emily West scored a hat trick for the Gophers

MANKATO, Minn. - Minnesota State (7-20-0, 3-18-0 WCHA) lost in a back and forth game in game one of the weekend to in-state riva University of Minnesota (21-4-2, 15-4-2-1 WCHA). Minnesota State's three-goal second period wasn't enough to lift the Mavericks to victory.

The Mavericks outshot the Gophers 5-1 in the first moments of the game before Gopher senior Sarah Erickson scored at 8:28 into the first period, beating MSU's Danielle Butters top shelf gloveside.

The Gophers went up 2-0 at 16:20 in the first period with a power-play goal by sophomore Kelly Terry. Terry tipped a shot from freshman Rachel Ramsey as Kelly Seeler also added an assist. Minnesota's Bethany Brausen scored its third goal of the first period with 32 seconds left by sophomore Bethany Brausen. The period ended with the Gophers up 3-0 and outshooting MSU 14-7.

The Mavericks came out with fire in the second period with a goal at the 1:47 into the period when sophomore Tracy McCann tipped a puck in off junior Erika Magnusson's ripper from the blue line. Junior Lauren Zrust tallied the second assist on the goal.

That line wasn't done yet as sophomore Kari Lundberg scored her eighth goal of the season on their ensuing shift at 3:58 to bring the Mavericks within one goal. Zrust and McCann marked the assists on the goal.

The Mavericks' fire was put out when Emily West scored for the Golden Gophers at the 5:53 mark of the period. The West goal was assisted by sophomore Amanda Kessel and senior Jen Schoullis.

Minnesota State tightened the gap to bring itself within one again when sophomore Tracy McCann tapped her second goal of the night away at 16:33 of the second period. Multiple players for the Mavericks were banging around the puck in the crease but senior captain senior Ariel Mackley and junior Emilia Andersson were credited with the assists. The Mavericks scored three goals in the second period as it marked the first time Minnesota has let up three goals in a period all season. MSU outshot the Gophers 12-10 in the period to head into the third down 4-3.

In the third, it was all Gophers as they quickly brought back its two-goal lead at 1:57 into the third period when Emily West put a rebound past Butters. Emily West scored the final goal of the game as she completed the hat trick at 9:18 into the period, giving Minnesota the 6-3 win.

In a physical game, only three penalties were called with Minnesota State going 0-for-1 and Minnesota going 1-for-2 on the advantage. The Gophers outshot the Mavericks 34-23 in total. Gopher goaltender Noora Raty made 20 saves and Minnesota State's Danielle Butters made 28 saves.

The Mavericks and Gophers return to action tomorrow afternoon in a matinee matchup at 3:07 p.m. inside All Seasons Arena.