MANKATO, Minn. -- The Minnesota State Maverick women's hockey team overcame the Lindenwood Lions with a 7-6 overtime victory during a contest played at the Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center, Saturday afternoon.
The Mavericks, who now stand 5-1 overall after the nonconference win, dominated the Lions, who continue to hunt for their first win at an 0-6 mark, for most of the game. After MSU carried a 5-1 lead into the second intermission, LWU came out an rattled off five consecutive goals to take a 6-5 lead. Sophomore forward Sydney Langseth stepped up for MSU in the late stages to tie the game with just over three minutes remaining before scoring the overtime winner 1:02 into the extra period.
The Mavericks led 1-0 after one period courtesy of a goal from senior forward Claire Butorac at 5:15 of the first period. MSU had a quick start in the opening 20 minutes of action, dominating the shots effort 14-3.
In the second period, MSU grabbed a commanding 5-1 lead with goals from Jessica Boland, Brooke Bryant, Brittyn Fleming and another from Butorac. The Lions scored one goal in the midst.
The third period belonged to the Lions as LWU scored five consecutive goals. Sydney Rarick led the charge with a pair of goals, including the first mark in the string of five at 4:55 of the third period before scoring the go-ahead goal at 15:21 to give the Lions a 6-5 lead with less than five minutes remaining. Langseth clutched up for MSU in the waning minutes to tie the game 6-6 with 3:25 left in regulation, forcing overtime, before scoring the game-winner in overtime on the power play to give MSU its third straight win by a final score of 7-6 over the LWU.
In net for the Mavericks junior goaltender Calla Frank, now 4-1 this season, stopped 14 of 20 shots in the win. The Lions goalie of record was Julia Maguire, who fell to 0-4 on the season after surrendering the game-tying and winning goals to Langseth. Maguire surrendered two goals in the loss after stopping 19 shots in relief of LWU starting netminder Emily Finach who played the first two periods and amassed 27 saves and five goals against.
The Mavericks outshot the Lions 53-20. It marked the Mavericks' first 50-shot effort since Oct. 1, 2011, when the MSU outshot LWU with 62 shots for another win over the Lions.
With the man advantage, MSU had one goal, the overtime winner, on two cracks at the power play. LWU was 0-for-1 with the power play.
Up next, the Mavericks prepare for a home-and-home series vs. the Minnesota Golden Gophers. The first of two games in the weekend series is slated to take place at Ridder Arena, Friday at 6:07 p.m.