Minnesota State Splits Weekend Series With 2-1 Win At Bemidji State
Senior forward Zach Stepan scores game-winning goal for Mavericks

Senior forward Zach Stepan scored the game-winning goal for the Mavericks
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 13:33  BMJ1-0 PP Gerry Fitzgerald (12)Phillip Marinaccio/16, Zach Whitecloud/13
2nd 13:06  MNS1-1 PP Zeb Knutson (13)Marc Michaelis/22, Daniel Brickley/20
2nd 16:37  MNS2-1 EV GW Zach Stepan (6)Brad McClure/14, Michael Huntebrinker/17
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Minnesota State  0202
Bemidji State  1001
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Minnesota State  512219
Bemidji State  1251128
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Minnesota State (19-11-4)  1/5 5/21 0
Bemidji State (20-13-3)  1/4 5/10 0
Minnesota State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Jason Pawloski (W, 5-3-2)60:001 1151127
Bemidji State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Jesse Wilkins (L, 0-2-0)58:462 510217
Empty Net1:140     

BEMIDJI, Minn. (Sanford Center) - Minnesota State University, Mankato took advantage of four second-period penalties to swing momentum and score a pair of goals Saturday in a 2-1 victory over Bemidji State University.

Gerry Fitzgerald was responsible for the Beavers' lone goal, accounting for his second power-play strike of the weekend and his team-leading 12 goal of the season, while senior Jesse Wilkins got his second start of the season and made 17 saves, including 12 during the second-period alone, in the loss.

After a back-and-fourth first period, Minnesota State was whistled for a pair of penalties at the 12:50 mark when Nate Arentz led a rush and pushed for a scoring chance. Sean Flanagan was escorted to the box for a holding minor, while Carter Foguth saw his night end early due to a five-minute major, both in en effort to keep Arentz from scoring. The Beavers and G. Fitzgerald took advantage 43 seconds later with help from Phil Marinaccio and Zach Whitecloud.

The Beavers' 1-0 lead would stretch into the second period.

The second period belonged to the Mavericks. BSU took four penalties, which set MSU up with four power-play chances, including a 1:28 of 3-on-5 play. Zeb Knutson scored the equalizer at the 13:06 mark. Zach Stepan and gave MSU the lead at the 16:37 mark with help from Brad McClure and Michael Huntebrinker.

Bemidji State pushed back in the third, out shooting MSU 11-2 but the Minnesota State goaltender, Jason Pawloski stood tall turning aside all 11 in the frame for a total of 27 in the victory.

Prior to the game, the Beavers recognized their seven seniors as Arentz, Brendan Harms, Marinaccio, Reid Mimmack, Charlie O'Connor, Carter Struthers and Wilkins all skated in their final regular-season home game. The class is responsible for a North Star College Cup title, securing BSU's first WCHA home playoff series, a MacNaughton Cup championship and Bemidji State's 22nd conference title.

The Beavers, the 2016-17 WCHA regular-season champions and owners of the WCHA playoffs No. 1 seed, will host eighth-seeded Northern Michigan University (12-20-4) at Sanford Center March 3, 4 and 5, if needed, in a best-of-three series. Opening face-off is set for 7:07 p.m. Friday and Saturday. If a third game is needed, Sunday's start is set for 5:07 p.m.