PITTSBURGH, Pa. --- Minnesota State allows three goals in the third period against Robert Morris as the game ends in a 4-4 tie on Friday night at Colonial Arena.
The Mavericks were the first to strike in the contest as they scored their first power-play goal of the season. Freshman Brooke Bryant, who was inserted into the top line and starting lineup before the game, provided the spark for Minnesota State. At the 9:16 mark, Bryant skated down the middle of the ice, past all the defenseman to beat the Colonials' netminder by herself. This was Bryant's first power-play goal of her career and her second goal on the season. Minnesota State extended its lead to 2-0 at the 17:49 mark when sophomore Sofia Poinar found senior Corbin Boyd at the near face-off circle and Boyd beat the goaltender through her legs for her third goal of the season. Less than a minute later, the Colonials cut into the Mavericks' lead before the first intermission as Natalie Marcuzzi scored the goal.
Minnesota State added a third goal in the second period as Bryant scored her second goal of the game. At the 10:03 mark, Boyd found Bryant streaking towards the back pipe and was able to hit her for the goal. This was Bryant's third goal of the season. The Mavericks scored another power-play goal on a 5-on-3 opportunity late in the second period. At the 18:49 mark, Boyd caught the Colonial netminder out of position and scored off sophomore Demi Gardner's missed shot. This was Boyd's fourth goal of the season and the Mavericks took a 4-1 lead into the second intermission.
The Colonials added three goals in the third period to tie the game up at four against the Mavericks. The first came at the 11:02 mark with Emily Curlett picking up the goal. Just under two minutes later, the Mavericks gave up their first power-play goal of the night with Maggie Lague scoring the goal. With less than 30 seconds left, the Colonials put an extra attacker on the ice and it paid off as Kirsten Welsh scored to force overtime.
Neither team was able to put a goal on the board in the overtime period. Boyd did hit a post late in the period, but upon review the call was upheld as a no goal.
On the night, freshman Abigail Levy made 40 saves on 44 attempts and her counterpart, Lauren Bailey, made 20 saves on 24 opportunities. The Mavericks also blocked another 22 shots with freshman Anna Wilgren leading the way with six.
Minnesota State went two-for-five on power-play opportunities, while killing off five of six penalties.
Boyd led the Mavericks with three points while tallying two goals and an assist. Bryant also finished the night with two goals and her first power-play goal of her career. Senior Jordan McLaughlin had two helpers in the game.
The Mavericks (4-5-2) and Colonials will square off again tomorrow afternoon with the puck dropping at 1:05 p.m. (ET) at Colonial Arena.