MANKATO, Minn. - Minnesota State dropped game two of the weekend to No.3 University of Minnesota 4-1 in a Saturday matinee game at All Seasons Arena.
After a scoreless first period, Minnesota scored 29 seconds into the second period as sophomore forward Kelly Terry found the back of the net to put up Minnesota 1-0.
The Mavericks slipped one past Gopher goalie Noora Raty on the power-play to even things up at one. Junior forward Lauren Zrust captured her fourth goal of the season at the 17:48 minute mark of the second period. Assists went to senior's Ariel Mackley and Emmi Leinonen.
One minute and three seconds later, the Golden Gophers returned the favor when senior defenseman Kelly Seelers scored the Golden Gophers second goal past MSU's Alli Altmann at the 18:41 minute mark in the second period 2-1.
For the second night in a row, MSU found itself down just one goal heading to the third period. The U of M broke the game open when freshman blue-liner Rachel Ramsey found the upper right of the net from the point on a power-play goal at the 11:08 minute mark of the third period.
The Gophers earned another power-play goal just two minutes and nine seconds later. Minnesota senior forward Emily West scored Gophers fourth goal at the 13:17 minute mark in the third period that was assisted by senior forward Sarah Erickson finishing with a score of 4-1.
The Golden Gophers outshot the Mavericks 45-17 in the game. Minnesota State's Altmann finished with 41 saves in the game as Noora Raty had 16 saves.
The Mavericks look ahead to another battle next weekend against the first-ranked University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wis.