MANKATO, Minn. --- Minnesota State (6-9-1, 6-9-1 WCHA) took down Bemidji State (2-10-2, 2-10-2 WCHA) with a 3-2 overtime win to secure another series sweep over the Beavers in Western Collegiate Hockey Association action, Saturday.
Senior defenseman Jessica Kondas was the overtime hero on Saturday. Kondas tapped in the game-winning goal after a back-door feed from Jamie Nelson to win the game. Now 5-0-1 against BSU this season, MSU rides a four-game winning streak against the Beavers with a pair of weekend sweeps.
Sophomore forward Kelsey King scored the first goal 11:53 into the opening period. She scored her team-high seventh goal on a breakaway where she beat BSU netminder Kerrigan Dowhy just under her glove with a wrist shot. Brittyn Fleming supplied the primary assist to King with a two-line pass that led her behind the Beaver defense with speed. The Mavericks carried a 1-0 lead in the score column and 9-2 advantage in shots into the first intermission.
In the second, the Beavers tied the game 1-1 12:52 into the period. After MSU's goaltender Calla Frank attempted to clear a loose puck away from the front of the net, BSU's Lindsey Featherstone batted down the airborne puck and dished it across the slot to find Graysen Myers who tied the game. Nelson helped the Mavericks reclaim the lead, 2-1. After she entered the zone down the sidewall, Nelson took a point-blank shot from the right face-off dot that beat Dowhy over her short-side shoulder at the 17:27 mark. After two periods, the Mavericks and Beavers were tied 2-2 with shots 18-10 in favor of MSU.
BSU tied the game 10:47 into the third on a shot from the point by Abby Ecker that deflected off a Maverick player and past Frank into the net.
After winning just 45 seconds into overtime on Friday, the Mavericks used extra time to their advantage again, Saturday, when Kondas netted the game-winner 52 seconds into overtime for her second goal of the season..
In net for the Mavericks, Frank (5-7-1) stopped 15-of-17 shots in the win. The Mavericks sophomore netminder now holds a 4-0-1 record against the Beavers this season. For the Beavers, Dowhy (2-9-2) ended the game at a 28-save mark on 31 shots while be handed the loss.
Both sides finished the afternoon 0-for-2 with the man advantage while being assessed two minor penalties over the course of the game.
The Mavericks travel to St. Cloud State next weekend to take on the Huskies, Feb. 5-6.