WCHA Game Recap

Freshman Kelsey King registered four goals and an assist for the Mavericks
King's Five Points Send Minnesota State Past Lindenwood, 6-2
Freshman Kelsey King registered four goals and an assist for the Mavericks

Box Score

MANKATO, Minn. - The Minnesota State Maverick women's hockey team scored six consecutive goals en route to a 6-2 victory over the Lindenwood Lions, Friday afternoon at Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center.

The Mavericks, who now stand 4-1 overall with the nonconference victory, overcame the Lions, who remain in the hunt for their first win with an 0-5 overall record, in the four-goal victory thanks to junior forward Kelsey King's superior offensive effort. King tied the Mavericks' single-game record for points in a game with five in Friday's contest. King also scored four goals to tie another MSU single-game record with goals in the game.

After the first period, the Mavericks found themselves trailing the Lions 2-0. Shots were 12-9 in favor of MSU headed into the first intermission.

The Mavericks began to work their way back when King scored her first goal of the game 7:02 into the second period to shrink the deficit to 2-1. King then tied the game five minutes later at the 12:48 mark before waiting another five minutes to give the Mavericks the lead by scoring her third goal of the game at 17:17 of the second period. King's third goal was the eventual game-winner and marked the Mavericks' first natural hat trick since Kim Corona accomplished the feat back on Feb. 26, 1999, vs. Augsburg.

MSU ran away with the game in the third period by scoring three more unanswered goals to win 6-2. Junior defenseman Charlotte Akervik scored the fourth MSU goal off an assist from King. After King scored her fourth goal in the third period to make it 5-2, freshman forward Jessica Boland scored an empty-net goal for the first point of her Maverick career.

Junior goaltender Calla Frank, who now sports a 3-1 record this season, stood tall for MSU in between the pipes with 21 saves on 23 shots. In goal for the Lions, Annika Asplundh stopped 20-of-26 shots faced.

The Mavericks outshot the Lions 26-23 and went 1-for-2 with the man advantage. The Lions were unsuccessful in four attempts on the power play.

The Mavericks and Lions rematch Saturday at the Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center for the series finale. Face-off is scheduled for 2:01 p.m.