Third period update ... MSU 7, Lethbridge 1 (final)
First a note from the second period: Margonari, who played so well in the second period left the ice in a lot of pain and with some assistance and did not return to the game. Will try to update. ... Johnny McInnis made it a 5-1 game with a power-play goal in the third; he took a nice no-look pass down low from freshman Teddy Blueger for the goal. Leitner also assisted on the play for a three-point game. ... Leitner scored his fourth point by assisting on Gervais' second goal at 13:28 to make it 6-1 and total domination by the Mavericks. ... Senior defenseman Evan Mosey poured it on with a hard-working goal with 8.6 seconds to play. ... Freshman goalie Stephon Williams played in goal for the third period and didn't see a shot until late in the period. Final shots ended up 65-10 for the game, 29-1 in that frame.
Second period update ... MSU 4 Lethbridge 1
The Mavericks started scoring in the second, getting a remarkable wrist shot from senior captain Eriah Hayes just 39 seconds into the frame. The goal was unassisted. ... Less than 4 minutes later, freshman center Dylan Margonari worked hard to get to a loose puck and scored to make it 3-1. Fellow rookie Brett Knowles assisted on the play. Later, Leitner and Gervais hooked up again, this time with Gervais sending a pretty backhand pass across the goal mouth to Leitner to make it 4-1. ... Evan Karambelas played in goal, and it was a yawner as he saw just three shots. The Mavericks had a 20-3 shot advantage that period.
First period update ... MSU 1, Lethbridge 1
Lethbridge got on the board first, scoring at 6:34, after getting shut out 7-0 on Saturday night at Minnesota. ... The Mavericks tied the game on a rebound goal by freshman forward Bryce Gervais at 6:34. Matt Leitner and Chase Grant had assists. ... The Mavericks' first power play group included Leitner, Grant, Gervais, Zach Palmquist and Zach Lehrke. The second group was Jean-Paul LaFontaine, Teddy Blueger, Johnny McInnis, Jon Jutzi and Eriah Hayes. ... Phil Cook was in goal for the first period and stopped five shots. The Mavericks outshot the Pronghorns 15-6.
Pregame notes (5:03 p.m.)
Former Minnesota State player Matt Tyree is making his debut as a WCHA linesman tonight. The St. Peter resident has been officiating in professional hockey for awhile, including in the American Hockey League. ... Talked to MSU's scratches before the game. Burkemper said he could have played if it was a regular-season game. Sounds like Hastings is being cautious with a tweaked hip. ... As for Knoll, he said he could be out for awhile. He has had surgery on one eye for a detached retina and has another eye surgery (the other eye) scheduled for next month. Tough to be down a veteran defenseman right away. ... Former MSU player Jon Kalkinski's brother Devon plays for Lethbridge.
We're still a few hours from game time, but Minnesota State put out its linechart for tonight's exhibition game this afternoon. Since it's an exhibition, there are no limitations on how many players can dress, so the Mavericks have five lines of forwards, seven defensemen and two scratches. Defenseman Mat Knoll is out with an eye injury, but I'm not sure what's up with J.P. Burkemper yet.
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21-Grant 18-Leitner 9-Gervais
12-LaFontaine 19-Lehrke 25-Hayes
24-Knowles 23-Blueger 22-McInnis
29-Zuck 26-Margonari 8-Gaede
11-Leivermann 14-Herndon 20-Thauwald
Scratches: Knoll, Burkemper