HOUGHTON, Mich. — Ninth-ranked Minnesota State-Mankato got key third-period goals from seniors Matt Leitner and Jean-Paul Lafontaine in skating to a 3-2 victory against No. 1 Michigan Tech in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association contest on Saturday.
Coming on the heels of Friday’s 2-1 win against the Huskies, Saturday’s win cemented the road sweep for the Mavericks.
Following an opening period in which neither team was able to find the back of the net, the Huskies struck first on a goal by Alex Petan at 5:29. Then, at 7:22, Minnesota State sophomore Jordan Nelson controlled the puck during a scramble in front of the MTU cage, using his right skate to kick it up to his stick before bumping it past Jamie Phillips for his second goal of the season.
Leitner gave the Mavericks their first lead on a backhander from the high slot that appeared to fool Phillips with Minnesota State on the power play at 1:35 of the final period. Lafontaine got MSU’s third goal on a wrap-around attempt at 7:32. The goal proved to be the game-winning marker — Lafontaine’s first such goal of the year and the fourth game-winner of his career. MTU’s Malcolm Gould closed out the scoring when he connected on a power play at 16:48.
Both teams were one-for-six in power play chances on the night, while MTU owned a 27-23 advantage in shots on goal.
Minnesota State junior netminder Stephon Williams, who finished with 25 saves, improved his record to 9-1-0 in 2014-15.
Minnesota State has now won four games in a row and seven of eight.