Line of Kathleen Rogan, Lauren Barnes and Nicole Germaine combines for four goals and six assists for Mavericks

Senior forward Lauren Barnes had two goals and an assist for the Mavericks

Wentzville, Mo. --- Minnesota State used five first period goals, including four on the power-play, to take a commanding lead as it ultimately bested Lindenwood 7-1 in non-conference action Friday evening at the Lindenwood Ice Arena.

The win elevates the Mavericks to 2-3-0 overall as they remain 0-2-0 in Western Collegiate Hockey Association play. Lindenwood drops to 0-4-1 on the year.

MSU and senior Lauren Barnes (Burnsville, Minn.) capitalized on their first power-play of the evening - which would become a trend for the Mavericks - when Barnes beat sophomore goaltender Nicole Hensley at the 6:59 mark of the first period. Junior Kathleen Rogan (Vancouver, B.C.) and senior Nicole Germaine (Mississauga, Ont.) both earned assists on the play. The Mavericks made it 4-0 at 14:15 as Rogan, Germaine and senior Melissa Klippenstein (Neubergthal, Man.) scored just 30 seconds apart signaling the end of Hensley's night with Rogan and Germaine's markers both coming on the power-play. Just over a minute after Klippenstein's goal, Barnes produced her second power-play goal of the period besting relief netminder freshman Sarah McGall to give the Mavericks a five-goal lead, but Lady Lion junior Kendra Broad netted a power-play marker for LU at 19:12 to make it 5-1 in favor of MSU at the first intermission.

Through 20 minutes of play, MSU was four-of-four on the man advantage and held an 18-9 edge in shots.

Senior captain Kari Lundberg (Woodbury, Minn.) continued the scoring barrage at the 5:17 mark of the second stanza when she scored an even-strength goal - unassisted - to snap a 16-game goal scoring drought and extend the Maverick lead to 6-1.

The offensive parade kept on rolling in the third period when senior Kelsie Scott (Souris, Man.) sniped McGall at the 6:13 mark for the first Maverick short-handed goal of the season to complete the 7-1 final.

After all was said and done, Germaine finished with a career-high four points off a goal and a trio of helpers, also a career-high, while Barnes' pair of goals were also a career-best. Juniors Natalie Stoltz (St. Paul, Minn.) and Shelby Moteyunas (Cicero, N.Y.) also collected assists in the victory.

The Mavericks converted four-of-six power play opportunities on the evening and outshot the Lady Lions 37-31. Lindenwood finished one-for-eight on the man advantage. Senior netminder Danielle Butters (London, Ontario) recorded a game-high 30 saves for MSU, while McGall stopped 23 shots in relief for LU.

Minnesota State looks to pick up a sweep in tomorrow's series finale. The contest is slated to begin at 12:00 p.m. back at the Lindenwood Ice Arena.