“We were playing a little bit on our heels (in the third), and Minnesota showed why they’re No. 1 in the country,” Hastings said. “They put their foot to the floor and came after us in the third period. We handled it OK.
“I thought (Williams) was really good tonight, especially at the end and through the third period.”
The first two periods were pretty even, with MSU outshooting Minnesota 24-18 but neither team was getting many quality shots. The Mavericks blocked eight shots in the first period alone and finished with 16.
“Getting into a rhythm was huge,” Williams said.
Minnesota defenseman Nate Schmidt broke a scoreless tie at 7:48 of the second period, getting deep into the zone behind MSU’s defenders and cashing in on a cross-ice pass from Nate Condon.
The Mavericks (16-8-3, 10-8-1 in WCHA) tied the game on the power play with 3:18 remaining in the second period. Johnny McInnis parked himself in front of Wilcox and tapped in a pretty pass from Matt Leitner, who worked to retrieve the puck behind the net. Chase Grant also assisted on the play.
The series now moves to Mankato, where the two teams will play at 7:07 p.m. tonight.
Minnesota State 0-1-1—2
Penalties: Leitner, MSU (roughing) :30; Bjugstad, UM (roughing) :30
Scoring: 1. UM-Schmidt 5 (Condon 15, Serratore 1) 7:48; 2. MSU-McInnis 11 (Leitner 20, Grant 8) ppg 16:42
Penalties: Bjugstad, UM (interference) :39; Hayes, MSU (elbowing) 9:13; Grant, MSU (roughing) 12:11; Alt, UM (roughing) 12:11; Ambroz, UM (checking from behind) 15:02; Leitner, MSU (tripping) 19:51
Scoring: 3. MSU-Knowles 2 (Zuck 9, Palmquist 14) 19:16
Penalties: Nelson, MSU (holding) 16:38; Rau, UM (diving) 16:38
Shots on goal: MSU 12-12-9—33. UM 8-10-20—38. Penalties: MSU 5 for 10 minutes; UM 5 for 10 minutes. Power-play opportunities. MSU 1 for 3; UM 0 for 2. Goalie saves: MSU Williams 8-9-20—37 (1 GA); UM Wilcox 12-11-8—31 (2 GA)
Referees: Brad Shepherd, C.J. Beaurline. Linesemen: Tony Czech, Sterling Egan.