MANKATO, Minn. --- The Minnesota State women's hockey team scored three times in the third period to earn a come-from-behind 5-3 win over Bemidji State Friday afternoon.
Minnesota State (2-5-1, 2-5-0-1 WCHA) and Bemidji State (1-2-1, 1-2-1-0 WCHA) shared three lead changes before MSU scored the game's final two goals to nail down the victory in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association women's game at Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center.
The Mavericks claimed the game's first lead 15:16 into the game when freshman forward Jamie Nelson scored her team-high fourth goal of the season on the power play. Junior defenseman Anna Wilgren supplied the setup pass following a failed attempt to clear the puck short handed by the Beavers. MSU carried the 1-0 advantage into the first intermission.
The Beavers tied the game at one 1:29 into the second period. BSU's junior winger Ellie Moser recorded the goal to tie the game. BSU took its first lead of the afternoon 9:22 into the middle period on a goal from Paige Beebe to make it 2-1 Beavers. At 14:08 junior forward Claire Butorac tied the game at two after she recieved a hand-off pass from Lyndsey Howard and ripped a shot the defelected off a BSU defender and to the left past Beavers' netminder Kerigan Dowhy BSU reclaimed the lead with 16.2 seconds remaining in the period with Graysen Myers scoring her first goal and second point of the series. The score stood 3-2 in favor of the visiting Beavers going into the second intermission.
The third period scoring started when Maverick sophomore forward Kelsey King notched her second goal of the season 7:06 into the final frame after deflecting a shot from Wilgren on the power play past Dowhy. King continued her tear with a rebound assist at 15:31 of the third on a game-winning goal for freshman forward Maddie Mashuga. The go-ahead goal marked the first collegiate point for Mashuga. With 23 seconds to spare Wilgren sealed the game with an empty-net marker from the other end of the ice to make it 5-3, where it ultimately finished.
For the second straight night, MSU peppered Dowhy (1-2-1) with 29 shots, she stopped 24. BSU had 17 shots against Barbro (1-2-0) who stopped 14 shots for her first collegiate win.
MSU was efficient with the man advantage, going 2-for-3 on the power play while BSU went 0-for-2.