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Minn. St., Mankato Beats Minnesota 5-3

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MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Freshman Dylan Margonari scored late in the third period to snap a 3-3 tie and lead Minnesota State, Mankato to a 5-3 win over second-ranked Minnesota on Saturday.

Margonari’s goal — the first game-winner of his collegiate career — came with 3:41 left in the third period of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association game. The Mavericks (3-3-0, 1-3-0) added an empty-net goal by Jean-Paul Lafontaine in the closing seconds to seal the win.

Margonari said the Mavericks didn’t get too excited with the lead late.

“We were just sticking to the game plan and pulled out the win,” Margonari said. “We were looking for this win and we finally got it.”

Minnesota got three power-play goals in a 3-2 win on Friday. MSUM set the tone early with 19 shots on goal in the first period on Saturday.

“We gave up (19) shots and a 2-0 lead in first,” said Minnesota junior forward Erik Haula, who had a goal and two assists. “You’re not going to win like that.”

Josh Nelson and Zach Lehrke stake MSUM to an early lead.

The Mavericks took 35 shots on goal to just 28 by Minnesota (5-2-0, 2-2-0).

The Golden Gophers tied the game on goals by Haula late in the first and a power play by Nick Bjugstad in the second.

After an exchange of goals, Margonari, playing on the fourth line, took a feed and beat Minnesota goalie Adam Wilcox, who had 30 saves.

MSUM goalie Phil Cook made 25 saves.

The Golden Gophers beat the Mavericks 3-2 Friday in Minneapolis.

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