Mankato, Minn. --- Minnesota State thrived at home Friday night at All Seasons Arena as the Mavericks used two third-period goals to topple seventh-rated Mercyhurst 4-2 in non-conference action.
Mercyhurst jumped out to an early 1-0 lead over the Mavericks in the first period when senior forward Christine Bestland directed a rebound past MSU senior goaltender Danielle Butters at the 10:32 mark.
MSU battled back in the second however, scoring their first power play goal of the year at the 6:30 mark when junior defenseman Shelby Moteyunas beat Mercyhurst junior goaltender Amanda Makela to tie the game 1-1.
Junior Natalie Stoltz scored her first career goal midway through the second, giving the Mavericks their first lead of the night. However, Laker senior forward Kaleigh Chippy answered back at the 17:41 mark with a goal off a deflection in front, tying the game 2-2.
The goal of the night came early in the third when MSU senior winger Tracy McCann delivered a beautiful across ice pass right on the tape of sophomore Katie Johnson who found twine to give the Mavericks the lead, 3-2. It was Johnson's first career goal as an Maverick.
Vancouver native senior Kathleen Rogan added to the Maverick lead at the 13:05 mark of the third period, scoring her 24th career goal and leading Minnesota State to a 4-2 victory on home ice.
Senior forward Nicole Germaine led all Mavericks with two points - both off assists - in the game, while senior forward Lauren Barnes and Melissa Klippenstein also tallied helpers in the win
Butters was solid throughout the contest recording a game-high 39 saves, while Makela turned in 26 for MU. Penalties plagued the Mavericks throughout the evening, but they were able to overcome the eight penalties with a solid penalty kill that held the Lakers to one-of-six on the man advantage. MSU finished one-for-three on the power-play and was outshot 41-30.
The two teams are back at it tomorrow afternoon at All Seasons Arena. Drop of the puck in the series finale is slated for 1:07 p.m.