CC senior Scott Winkler ended an 8-game pointless streak when he banged in a rebound off a hard shot by Mike Boivin during a major penalty on Minnesota State with 7:17 left in the second period to tie the game at 1-1. It was Winkler’s first point since two goals at North Dakota on Jan. 12.
The power play was set up by a kneeing call against Matt Leitner and a 5-minute contact to the head and game misconduct (available Saturday) against Zach Lehrke.
CC had two more great chances to score but was unable to connect on some meaty rebounds from the usually sound goalie Stephon Williams.
MSU freshman Dylan Margonari picked up an easy tap-in goal after Johnny McInnis’ pass from behind the net was bobbled by center Matt Leitner. But the puck went off a CC defender’s skate and slid slowly across the crease to the far post where Margonari reached in and poked the puck in for the 1-0 lead.
CC senior goalie Joe Howehas 15 saves, including 11 in the opening period.
Minnesota State’s 1-2-2 defensive formation proved sound in the first period, limiting CC to one shot through the first few minutes and keeping the puck below the Tigers’ goal line early.
CC handled the forecheck better after the first few minutes and started to develop better scoring chances, prompting MSU to take a timeout with 5:49 left in the opening stanza after its fourth icing call.
An opening goal by Rylan Schwartz was immediately waved off after the referee ruled the senior knocked the puck in with his hand after a scramble and rebound in front of the MSU net.
Goalies – Williams, Cook
Goalies – Howe, Thorimbert, Lockwood