Saturday, December 29, 2012

Mavericks 3, Bears 1

Jean-Paul LaFontaine scored two third-period goals, and Minnesota State defeated Brown 3-1 in the first game of the UConn Hockey Classic on Saturday in Storrs, Conn.

The Mavericks led 1-0 through two periods after Zach Palmquist's first-period goal. LaFontaine made it 2-0 at 9:02 of the third period with a power-play goal from Matt Leitner and Zach Lehrke.

After Brown scored a short-handed goal to make it 2-1 with 6:44 to play, the Mavericks held off the Bears the rest of the way before LaFontaine's empty-netter with 4 seconds to go.

Freshman goalie Stephon Williams won his eighth game of the season, stopping 18 shots, including 11 in the first period. MSU outshot Brown 27-19 and controlled play in the third period with a 9-4 shot advantage.

The first assist on Palmquist's goal was by Taylor Herndon, the freshman from Oklahoma City who was playing in his first career game.

Minnesota State (11-6-2) will play Connecticut at 6:15 p.m. on Sunday. UConn defeated American International 7-2 in Saturday's second game.

The MSU-Brown boxscore can be found here.

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