MANKATO, Minn. --- Three straight power-play goals by Minnesota Duluth in the first two periods proved fatal for Minnesota State as it dropped a 6-2 decision to the Bulldogs in Western Collegiate Hockey Association action Friday night at All Seasons Arena.
The Mavericks now stand 3-4-0 overall and 0-3-0 in the WCHA, while UMD moves to 3-3-1 overall and 1-3-1 within the league.
MSU and UMD were tied 1-1 after the first period behind goals from a pair of veterans. Senior Kari Lundberg (Woodbury, Minn.) struck for the Mavericks at the 10:45 mark after burying a rebound off a shot by sophomore Katie Johnson (Anoka, Minn.). Senior Jamie Kenyon answered for UMD on the power-play at 13:05 when she tucked a puck by the left pad of senior Danielle Butters (London, Ont.).
The Bulldog power-play connected twice more in the second stanza staking UMD to a 3-1 lead after 40 minutes. Freshman Ashleigh Brykaliuk redirected a shot by junior Zoe Hickel at 5:58, before Kenyon tallied her second of the evening after a scramble in front of the net at 15:31.
Minnesota Duluth cemented the victory with three additional goals in the third period, while the Mavericks mustered one of their own on the man advantage. Hickel lit the lamp at 1:22, and freshman Demi Crossman notched her first of the season at 10:52, both even-strength. Junior Kathleen Rogan (Vancouver, B.C.) scored her team-leading fifth marker of the year on the power-play at 15:46 off an assist by senior Lauren Barnes (Burnsville, Minn.), but Hickel would add an empty-net goal at 18:13 to complete the final.
Senior Danielle Scholzen (Blaine, Minn.) also garnered a helper for her first point of the year in the defeat.
MSU outshot the Bulldogs 31-27 in the affair and finished one-for-five on the power-play, while UMD ended three-of-four on the man advantage. Butters collected 21 saves for the Mavericks, and sophomore Kayla Black stopped a game-high 29 shots for UMD.
The two teams tangle once again tomorrow afternoon in the series finale at All Seasons Arena. Drop of the puck is slated for 3:07 p.m.