The Free Press, Mankato, MN


November 24, 2012

Mavericks sweep Badgers



Mersch, the Badgers’ top goal score, made it a 3-2 game just 49 seconds into the second period, but the Mavericks held Wisconsin to just four other shots in the period.

Hayes made it a two-goal game again at 3:54 of the third period, firing a perfect goal-mouth feed from Jean-Paul LaFontaine behind goalie Landon Peterson, who had replaced Rumple after the first period.

LaFontaine finished with two assists and had a three-point weekend.

“We need our veteran leadership to step up, which it did,” Hastings said.

The Mavericks (5-5-2, 3-5-0 in WCHA) will host Bemidji State on Friday and Saturday at the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato.

Minnesota State  3-0-1—4

Wisconsin           1-1-0—2

First period

Scoring: 1. MSU-Leitner 3 (Margonari 3, Lehrke 4) 4:33; 2. UW-McCabe 2 (Simonelli 2, Lee 7) ppg 6:45; 3. MSU-Hayes 6 (Leitner 11, LaFontaine 7) ppg 13:29; 4. MSU-Gervais 2 (Gaede 3, Zuck 2) 15:10

Penalties: Knowles, MSU (boarding) 5:14; Zuck, MSU (interference) 5:20; Woods, UW (hooking) 12:03

Second period

Scoring: 5. UW-Mersch 8 (McCabe 4, Lee 8) :49

Penalties: Knowles, MSU (holding) 6:15; McCabe, UW (slashing) 14:19; MSU bench (too many on ice) 15:04; Mersch, UW (interference) 19:25

Third period

Scoring: 6. MSU-Hayes 7 (LaFontaine 8, Leitner 12) ppg 3:54

Penalties: R.Little, UW (elbowing) 3:32; Zuck, MSU, double-minor (roughing) 11:25; Mosey, MSU (roughing) 11:25; S.Little, UW (roughing) 11:25; Dahl, UW (roughing) 11:25; Simonelli, UW (goaltender interference) 12:02; Woods, UW (goaltender interference) 13:53; Williams, MSU (roughing) 19:35


Shots on goal: MSU 12-8-9—29. UW 18-5-12—35. Penalties: MSU 8 for 16 minutes; UW 8 for 16 minutes. Power-play opportunities. MSU 2 for 6; UW 1 for 6. Goalie saves: MSU Williams 17-4-12—33 (2 GA); UW Rumpel 9-x-x—9 (3 GA), Peterson x-8-8—16 (1 GA).

MSU used its timeout at 5:54 of the second period. UW used its timeout at 18:40 of the third period.

Referees: Don Adam, Craig Welker. Linesmen: Dan Carey, Ed Moberg..

Attendance: 10,133

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