Lauren Smith scored a goal for the Mavericks

ERIE, Pa. - The tenth-ranked Minnesota State women's hockey team was unable to contain a Mercyhurst offensive explosion Friday evening at the Mercyhurst Ice Center falling to the Lakers 8-1 in a non-conference collision.

Mercyhurst got into the act offensively early and often tallying five markers in the first stanza as Stephanie Desutter, Lauren Jones, Molly Byrne, Christie Cicero, and Emily Janiga each scored for the Lakers.

The offensive effort continued in the second period as Cicero and Jones hit the back of the net for their second goal a piece just three minutes apart for MU. The Mavericks tallied one of their own at 16:58 when senior Lauren Smith wristed a shot past netminder Amanda Makela on the power-play for her fifth goal of the year. But, the Lakers responded when Shelby Bram found twine at 18:22 to close the frame.

After a scoreless third period, the Maverick power-play finished one-of-four and held Mercyhurst to one-of-six on the advantage. The Lakers owned a 42-18 mark in shots on goal.

The Mavericks (4-3-2, 2-2-1-1 in WCHA) go for the series split tomorrow afternoon with the puck set to drop at 1 p.m. EST in Erie, Pa.