MANKATO, Minn. - The Minnesota State Maverick women's hockey team upset the #5/6 rated Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs, 4-2, in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association matchup, Saturday afternoon at Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center.
For the Mavericks (3-1-0, 1-1-0 WCHA), it marked their first victory over a Top-25 ranked opponent since they defeated the nation's best team, Wisconsin, 3-1 on Feb. 8, 2019, in Mankato. It also marked MSU's first victory over the Bulldogs (1-1-0, 1-1-0 WCHA) dating back to the 2016-17 season when the Mavericks defeated UMD 2-1 on Dec. 10, 2016, in Mankato.
Earning first-star honors in a massive offensive afternoon for the Mavericks was senior forward Brittyn Fleming. Fleming provided helpers on three of the Mavericks' four goals to move into a tie for the team lead in assists after recording her third, fourth and fifth assists of the season. Now, with seven points in four games this season, Fleming is Mavericks' new scoring leader this season.
After one period of play, the Bulldogs went into the intermission with the game's first lead, 1-0, thanks to a goal at 12:04 of the opening period scored by Lizi Norton with an assist to Anneke Linser.
In the second period, MSU grabbed a 2-1 lead after getting a game-tying goal from sophomore forward Madison Mashuga on an assist from Fleming at the 6:21 mark before sophomore forward Jamie Nelson gave the Mavericks the lead with help from Charlotte Akervik and Claire Butorac's assists. MSU carried a 2-1 lead into the break.
The final period of action saw MSU take a 3-1 lead just 37 seconds into the period when junior Kelsey King scored her third goal of the season on assists from Fleming and Mashuga. After the Bulldogs answered to cut the deficit to one with 5:04 remaining, junior forward Kennedy Bobyck scored an empty-net goal from the opposite end of the ice off a face-off win from Fleming. The Mavericks ultimately moved to 1-1 in WCHA action with a 4-2 win over the Bulldogs, Saturday.
Junior goaltender Calla Frank was solid between the pipes for MSU. Now sporting a 2-1 record this season, Frank stopped 24-of-26 Bulldogs' shots faced. On the other end, senior Emma Soderberg, who is now 1-1 to open the 2021-22 season, stopped 17 shots for the Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs outshot the Mavericks 26-21 in the contest. With the man advantage, UMD finished the game 0-for-1 on the power play. The Mavericks scored each of their goals with a man advantage on Saturday, going 3-for-5 on the power play before adding the one empty-net goal in the waning seconds of the game.
The Mavericks play host to the Lindenwood Lions in a nonconference series next weekend at the Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center.