#12 MSU Hockey scores three unanswered goals to down #16 Michigan Tech

Taking advantage of a pair of late power play markers, 12th-rated Minnesota State pulled out a 5-3 win over #16 Michigan Tech in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association game played Saturday in Mankato, Minn.

The Mavericks trailed twice in the game, but pulled away from the visiting Huskies by scoring three unanswered goals in the third period. 

Jake Jackson, skating in on the off-wing, wristed a shot that beat Maverick netminder Connor LaCouvee on the far side in giving the Huskies a 1-0 lead at the 0:55 mark of the opening period.  The Mavericks responded at 7:08, scoring in transition with freshman forward Reggie Lutz finishing off a nice passing play from Clint Lewis and Max Coatta.  The goal for Lutz is his first career goal.

Senior forward Zeb Knutson extended his point-scoring streak to six games when his goal at 2:44 of the second gave the Mavericks their first lead of the game. C.J. Suess and freshman defenseman Jack McNeely drew assists on Knutson’s goal, with McNeely’s assist serving as his first career point.  Jackson got his second goal of the game with the power play marker at 14:19 evening the score at 2-2.

The Huskies took a 3-2 lead at 18:10 of the second on Joel L’Esperance’s goal, but Connor Mackey’s second goal of the year at 4:16 of the third knotted things up at 3-3.  The Mavericks pulled away with a pair of late five-on-three power play markers in claiming the victory. Junior defenseman Daniel Brickleywired a shot from the high slot past Patrick Munson at 16:07 and senior center C.J. Suess finished it off at 17:04 with his third goal of the season.

Connor LaCouvee kicked out 16 Tech shots and now stands 4-0-0 for the year, while Suess finished with a three-point night on a goal and two assists.

The Mavericks, who are 5-2-0 overall and 3-1-0 WCHA, outshot the Huskies by a 38-19 margin in the contest.  Minnesota State were two-of-seven in power play chances, while MTU finished with a one-for-six in opportunities with the man advantage.

Minnesota State continues WCHA action next weekend with a two-game road series at Northern Michigan Friday and Saturday in Marquette.

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