MANKATO, Minn. (UND Athletics) -- Second-ranked Minnesota State escaped with a 2-1 win over No. 16 North Dakota Saturday evening at Mankato Civic Center.
Jacob Bernard-Docker wound up for a blast from the blueline and after the initial stop, the puck found its way to Dryden McKay's stick which was lying on the ice to his left. Shane Pinto scooped it up and fired it past McKay for his second goal of his young career and a 1-0 UND lead at 10:59.
It stayed that way until early in the second when Marc Michaelis jammed one home from the doorstep just 26 seconds into the frame for a tie score.
MSU grabbed the lead at the 5:21 mark of the third as a shot from the point found its way past Scheel and the Mavs slipped ahead, 2-1.
UND (2-1-1) pulled its goalie in the final minute and got another man advantage after a scrum, playing the final 45 seconds 6-on-4. The Hawks got off a few shots but the Maverick's defense blocked some chances with MSU avoiding any late-game damage.
North Dakota will return home for three consecutive weekends, beginning next Friday with a two-game series against another WCHA opponent, Bemidji State.