Minneapolis, Minn.— Senior Striker by Ryan Sandelin goal late in the third period broke a 2-2 tie and lifted Minnesota State to a 3-2 victory over second-seeded Minnesota on Saturday at the Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center in downtown by Mankato.
The Mavericks trailed 1-0 late in the first period, but bounced back to tie the game in the second before beating visiting Gopher 2-1 in the third to claim the victory.
Minnesota freshman forward Jimmy Snuggerud connected on a shot from the left circle that beat goalkeeper Maverick Keenan Rancier high shortside at 15:31 from the first for the first goal of the game.
First-year defenseman Maverick Campbell Cichosz shot down the ice from the point found the back of the net at 14:38 of the second period with his first career goal to tie the score at 1-1.
Minnesota State broke the tie at 4:17 of the third when junior forward Josh Groll scored his first goal of the year, and the goal gave Minnesota State its first lead of the game. The Gophers responded soon after on a Mason Nevers score at 5:18, but senior striker Ryan Sandelin took a diet of Sam Morton and wired a past shot at 1:57 to close the scoring in the game.The goal, Sandelin’s first of the season, is the sixth winning goal of his career.
Rancier, making his third career start tonight, finished with 25 saves and earned his first career win with tonight’s win.
The loss is Minnesota’s first of the season and puts them 3-1-0 for the year.
The Mavericks, now 1-1-0 for the season, will continue non-conference action next weekend with Minnesota visiting Duluth for a pair of games.