Mankato, Minn. --- The Minnesota State women's hockey team won its fourth consecutive game after completing the sweep over Merrimack 5-3 on Saturday afternoon at the Mankato Civic Center.
The Mavericks improved their record to 6-4-2 (2-4-2-2 WCHA) and extended their unbeaten streak to six games after going 4-0-2 the last three weekends. The most recent previous time Minnesota State had a six-game unbeaten streak was Nov. 5-20, 2004 when the team went 3-0-3. The longest unbeaten streak in Minnesota State women's hockey history is seven games from Dec. 9, 2006-Jan. 20, 2007 when the team went 7-0-0.
Four goals were scored in the first 20 minutes of action in game two after the first period went scoreless the day before. The Warriors scored first as senior forward Mikyla Grant-Mentis scored on a breakaway, two minutes into the game for the second straight day. The Mavericks answered at the 5:45 mark as sophomore winger Madison Oelkers picked up the puck deep in the defensive zone, went end-to-end and deked the defenseman to beat senior netminder Lea-Kristine Demers to her stick side for her second goal of the season. Minnesota State took the 2-1 lead at the 8:07 mark as sophomore blueliner Anna Wilgren received the puck in the slot and skated around Demers for her second goal of the season. The Warriors evened the score on a five-on-three opportunity with senior blueliner Chloe Cook scoring the power play goal at the 17:23 mark.
The Mavericks regained the lead at the 11:34 mark in the second period as sophomore winger Claire Butorac fired a wrister from the right dot, going top shelf on Demers for her fourth goal of the season.
Minnesota State extended the lead to 4-2 at the 10:36 mark in the third period as Wilgren scored her second goal of the game and third of the season after hitting the crossbar and the back of the net. Merrimack pulled within a goal again as freshman winger Katie Kaufman scored an unassisted goal after a Maverick turnover. The Mavericks scored the final goal on an empty net with less than two minutes remaining in the game with freshman winger Kelsey King scoring her second goal of the season.
Freshman netminder Calla Frank (3-2-1) made 20 saves in her second consecutive win in net. The Mavericks outshot the Warriors by a 27-23 margin in the game. Minnesota State went zero-for-two on the power play and killed off five out of six penalties against Merrimack.
Wilgren led the way with two goals, including the game winner, and two assists for the Mavericks for four points. King had three points after scoring the empty net goal and collecting two assists. Gardner finished with two points after two collecting apples in the game.
The Mavericks will enjoy an off week before traveling to play #1 Wisconsin on Nov. 16-17 in Madison, Wis.