In a game that must have seemed eerily similar to Friday night's series opener, Nebraska-Omaha defeated Minnesota State 2-1 in overtime and took back the "Spirit of the Maverick" Trophy on Saturday in Omaha.
Like Friday's game, each team scored once in the first period, and the game remained scoreless through regulation. Friday's game ended in a tie, but, on Saturday, Omaha's Rich Purslow scored 43 seconds into the extra period.
It was MSU's first nonconference loss of the season. They are now 4-1-1 against teams outside the WCHA and will play two more games against RIT on Jan. 1-2.
Back to Saturday's game, goalie Austin Lee was back between the pipes and stopped 38 shots. Omaha outshot MSU 40-24, and the purple team's Kurt Davis scored the game's first goal at 6:12 on assists from Adam Mueller and Michael Dorr.
Omaha's Nick Fanto tied the game five minutes later.
Minnesota State (9-9-2) finished 0 for 7 on the power play and, for the weekend, was 0 for 11 with the man advantage. There were some fisticuffs at the end of the first period, and MSU's Tyler Thompson and UNO's Brandon Richardson each got a five-minute fighting penalty, meaning they will have to miss their next game. Thompson has been the right win on the Mavs' top line over the last few weeks.
The Omaha World-Herald story on the game can be found here.