Women's Hockey Drops Series Finale to Mavs

Women's Hockey Drops Series Finale to Mavs

Junior Mariah Gardner scored two goals to lead the Minnesota State-Mankato women's hockey team to a 3-0 victory over Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), on Saturday afternoon at the Houston Field House. With the win, the Mavericks improve to 2-0, while the Engineers drop to 0-2.

After a scoreless first period, Gardner (Eagle Lake, ON/Warroad High School) gave the visitors a 1-0 lead at 4:08 of the second, burying a back door feed from freshman Kelsey King (Elk River, MN/Elk River River) at the right side of the cage. Senior McKenzie Sederberg (Adonver, MN/Andover High School) earned the secondary assist on the play.

The Mavericks outshot RPI, 20-4, in the second period, but Engineers freshman goaltender Ena Nystrøm (Stavanger, Norway/Ontario Hockey Academy) stood tall in goal, despite the barrage.

Minnesota State doubled its lead early in the third, when Gardner slide home a rebound from the slow slot. King and Sederberg once again delivered the assists her second goal of the day.

Sophomore Claire Butorac (Andover, MN/Andover High School) then delivered a shorthanded goal with just under seven minutes to play to cap the scoring. Taking a short pass at center ice from senior Sofia Poinar (Chaska, MN/Chanhassen), she skated in on a breakaway and beat Nystrøm low, stick side, for her first goal of the year.

The Engineers had their opportunities to score, including five power play chances, but were unable to get a puck past Mankato freshman goalie Calla Frank (Hugo, MN/White Bear Lake High School), who made 13 saves on the night. Nystrøm finished with 46 stops in her collegiate debut.

RPI is back in action next weekend, when it travels to Merrimack College for a two game series, beginning on Friday at 4pm. The Mavericks open WCHA play at home against No. 2 University of Minnesota.