The Mavericks exploded for a season-high eight goals to break their five-game winless streak and four-game losing streak on Friday night at UMass-Lowell.
Junior forward Justin Jokinen had a hat trick in the second period, and senior captain Rylan Galiardi scored his first two goals of the season in the victory. Ben Youds, Michael Dorr and Andrew Sackrison also had goals for Minnesota State.
Jokinen now has a team-high six goals. Galiardi (one assist) and Dorr (two assists) each finished with three-point games. Eleven players had points for the Mavericks (3-6-4) with Youds (one assist), Eli Zuck (two assists), J.P. Burkemper (two assists) and Zach Lehrke (two assists) each getting two points.
Austin Lee, who was making his first start in goal since Oct. 16 got the win, stopping 23 shots and a penalty shot in the process. The Mavericks outshot the River Hawks 35-26.
The Mavericks were 1 for 3 on the power play. Lowell was 2 for 5.
The series will continue at 3 p.m. Saturday.
Read the box score here.
UPDATE: Read the Lowell Sun account of the game here.