This time, overtime belonged to Minnesota.
A night after losing a double-overtime game, No. 15 Minnesota defeated No. 10 Minnesota State, Mankato 2-1 in overtime, winning on Mike Carman's goal 7:33 into the extra session. The win forced a decisive third game in the best-of-three playoff series.
Mankato (19-15-4) won Friday's game 1-0 after more than 97 minutes of scoreless hockey.
On Saturday, Minnesota (16-15-9) wasted little time starting Saturday's scoring, as Justin Bostrom gave the Gophers a 1-0 lead at 6:07 of the first period.
Both Mankato goalie Mike Zacharias (35 saves) and Minnesota's Alex Kangas (26 saves) continued their stellar play from the series opener. The two goalies have stopped 140 of 144 shots for a .972 save percentage.
Mavericks freshman forward Andrew Sackrison finally tied the game with a power-play goal at 11:09 of the third period to send the game to overtime, the third extra session of the weekend.
Notes: Minnesota State will be playing its first Game 3 at home. The Mavericks are 0-3 in third games. They lost 10-0 to North Dakota in 1999 when they were an affiliate member of the WCHA, 6-5 to Minnesota Duluth in 2004 and 3-0 to North Dakota in 2006. In all three instances, the Mavericks won Game 1. ... The two teams ended up tied for 11th in the Pairwise rankings at the end of the night. ... Game 3 will be at 7:07 p.m. Sunday. Tickets went on sale immediately after the game. The Alltel Center box office will open at noon Sunday.