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.