Wentzville, Mo. --- Minnesota State scored once in each period to best host Lindenwood 3-1 and earn its first series sweep of the year in non-conference play Saturday afternoon at the Lindenwood Ice Arena.
The Mavericks now stand 3-3-0 overall and 0-2-0 in Western Collegiate Hockey Association action, while the Lady Lions fall to 0-5-1 on the season.
MSU staked claim to a 1-0 lead 7:00 into the first period courtesy of senior Kari Lundberg (Woodbury, Minn.) who notched her second goal in as many games by beating LU sophomore goaltender Nicole Hensley off assists from senior Tracy McCann (Lakewood, Ohio) and sophomore Katie Johnson (Anoka, Minn.).
Just 1:12 into the second stanza, junior Kathleen Rogan (Vancouver, B.C.) registered her team-leading fourth goal of the year as McCann and Lundberg were each credited with helpers on the play to provide the Mavericks with a two-goal cushion. However, the Lady Lions cut the lead in half a minute and 44 seconds later when junior Alyssa West scored an even-strength marker by beating senior netminder Danielle Butters (London, Ontario). After 40 minutes, MSU owned a 25-14 advantage in shots.
McCann offered Minnesota State some insurance 2:46 into the final frame by registering her first goal of the young season to extend the Mavericks a 3-1 lead they would not relinquish. Lundberg and Johnson each garnered assists on the play marking the third time MSU's top line found twine in the contest.
Lundberg and McCann each used a goal and pair of assists to record a game-high three points which tied Lundberg's career-best, while Johnson's two helpers were also a career-high.
MSU stymied the Lady Lions on all four LU power-plays but was held scoreless on its lone opportunity. The Mavericks outshot Lindenwood 37-18 on the day. Butters registered 17 saves in the victory, while Hensley stopped a game-high 34 shots for LU.
Minnesota State will enjoy a bye next week before sinking its teeth into WCHA play on Friday, October 25 at 7:07 p.m. against Minnesota Duluth at All Seasons Arena.