MENDOTA HEIGHTS, Minn. - The Minnesota State women's hockey team cruised to a 3-0 victory over St. Thomas in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association game played at St. Thomas Ice Arena, Saturday afternoon.
The Mavericks now stand with a 5-9 overall record as well as a 3-9 mark in WCHA action. With this weekend's home-and-home series sweep of the Tommies, MSU has jumped up to fifth in the conference standings.
The opening period of Saturday's contest was a scoreless one between MSU and UST as the Mavericks dominated the first period and carried a 17-4 advantage in shots on goal into the first intermission.
The Mavericks took the first lead in the second period when junior forward Kennedy Bobyck scored on the power play for her fifth goal of the season at the 13:57 mark. MSU was maintaining the shots advantage, 30-5, at the second break.
The Mavericks got an insurance goal from senior forward Brittyn Fleming 36 seconds into the third period to take a 2-0 lead. Fleming scored her fifth goal of the season while attempting to complete a cross-crease pass from the left-side dasher to junior Kelsey King, who was in front of the net. Instead of gathering her second assist, she scored her second point of the afternoon when the puck deflected off a defender and into the goal. Then, at the 6:55 mark, Fleming was able to complete an assist to King on an long pass from the Mavericks' defensive zone to find a streaking King who snuck the puck underneath the UST netminder, Alexa Dobchuk, on the breakaway to put MSU up 3-0.
Fleming led the way for the Mavericks as they collected their second straight victory, 3-0. The Oregon, Wis., native had points on each MSU goal with a goal and a pair of assists for three points.
Junior netminder Calla Frank stopped all 12 shots she faced en route to the victory. Now sporting a 5-7 record this season, Frank picked up her second shutout of the year and the sixth of her career in the contest.
Minnesota State (7-9-0, 3-9-0 WCHA) returns home to play host to St. Cloud State next weekend, Dec. 10-11, at the Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center in Mankato, Minn.