WCHA Game Recap

Senior forward Brooke Bryant scored two goals for the Mavericks
Minnesota State Sweeps Weekend Series With 9-3 Win At Merrimack
Senior forwards Brooke Bryant and Brittyn Fleming each scored two goals for the Mavericks

Box Score

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. -- The Minnesota State Maverick women's hockey team routed the Merrimack College Warriors in a 9-3 victory to secure a nonconference series sweep, Saturday afternoon at Lawler Rink.

While the Warriors (0-2-0, 0-0-0 HEA) scored one goal in each period, the Mavericks (2-0-0, 0-0-0 WCHA) piled on three goals in the first, four in the second and a pair in the third to win 9-3. The Mavericks' nine goals marked their most in a single game since defeating Lindenwood 10-2 back on Oct. 1, 2011.

Three Mavericks combined for three-point afternoons in the contest. They were senior forwards Brooke Bryant and Brittyn Fleming, who each had a goal and an assist, as well as another senior forward in Claire Butorac, who had one goal and a pair of assists.

Despite dropping the contest by six goals, the Warriors struck first 2:52 into the opening period on a goal scored by Courtney Maud assisted by Alexa Pongo. However, from that moment on it was the Mavericks game to lose. The first period finished with the Mavericks grasping a 3-1 lead. Junior forward Kennedy Bobyck scored the go-ahead and eventual game-winning goal at the 15:44 mark of the first period. Moments after stepping of the box, Bobyck received a pass from Bryant for a breakaway where she beat the MC netminder with a shot to the top-right corner of the net.

In the second period, the Mavericks continued their scoring trend with a pair of unassisted goals from Butorac at 1:01 of the middle period and Fleming at the 10:16 mark. The Warriors got a goal back seconds later at 10:42 on the man advantage to end MSU's surge of five consecutive goals. However, the Mavericks picked up where they left four minutes later with junior forward Kelsey King scoring her second shorthanded goal of the series before Fleming scored her second goal of the afternoon to make it 7-2 after two periods.

The third period saw the Mavericks score two more times with Bryant grabbing one more point and junior forward Danielle England scoring her first goal of the season to make it 9-2. The Warriors scored one more goal at 15:04 of the final period making it 9-3, where it ultimately stood.

In goal for MSU, sophomore Lauren Barbro moved to 1-0 with the victory in her first start of the season. Barbro saw 30 shots and made 27 saves. On the other end for the Warriors, Aries Mustoe got the start and fell to 0-1 to open her campaign. Mustoe made 10 saves in the first period before allowing a fourth goal 1:01 into the middle period. In relief, Emma Gorski made 8 saves from there on out while allowing five goals against.

Despite a lopsided affair, the Warriors came out on top in shots 30-27. With the man advantage, the Mavericks were unsuccessful in their only crack at the power play. However, the MSU penalty kill supplied one goal when King scored her second shorthanded goal of the series during the second period. The Warriors finished the game one-for-five in their chances on the power play.

The Mavericks play host to #4/5 Minnesota Duluth next weekend at the Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center in their first home series of the season. Start times are scheduled for 6:01 p.m., Friday, and 3:01 p.m., Saturday.