Mankato, Minn.- Minnesota State (3-0-0) forward Nicole Germaine's first goal of the season couldn't have came at a better time as she put a rebound away with 0:49 left in overtime, giving MSU the 3-2 win over eighth-ranked Mercyhurst.
MSU senior forward Emmi Leinonen scored the first two Maverick goals in the overtime win over #8 Mercyhurst Friday night. After its first three games of the season, Minnesota State has scored first in all three games.
In the first period, the Mavericks jumped out to a 1-0 lead as senior Leinonen hit the twine for her first goal of the season 16:45 into the period. Leinonen put her own rebound away but junior Lauren Smith was credited with the assist from the prior shot. MSU outshot the Lakers 11-9 after the first 20 minutes of play.
Things began to get a bit more physical on both ends of the ice in the second period. MSU shutdown the Mercyhurst power-play twice in the second period as it went 0-for-4 on the night.
On its third power-play opportunity of the game, Minnesota State's Leinonen scored her second goal of the game at 9:07 into the third period to put the Mavericks up 2-0. Lauren Smith and Lauren Barnes got the assists on the power-play goal.
The Lakers didn't go easy because with 4:32 left in the game Gina Buquet scored. Then 13 seconds later, the Lakers knotted the game at two goals a piece when Kristine Grenier scored through the five-hole ofAlli Altmann.
Tonight's hero, Nicole Germaine, put a puck away with 49 seconds left in overtime to end the game with a 3-2 MSU victory.
Between the pipes Minnesota State senior goaltender Alli Altmann turned away 27 of the Laker shots. Mercyhurst's Hillary Pattenden made 24 saves in the game.
The schools will meet again tomorrow at 1:07 at All Seasons Arena to close-out the MSU's homestand.