Minnesota State keeps up pressure in 4-1 win over Gophers

Brad McClure scored twice as Minnesota State downed Minnesota by a 4-1 margin Friday (Minnesota State Athletics)

The No. 15 Minnesota State Mavericks (8-4-1 overall, 5-4-1-0 WCHA) never trailed in a 4-1 home win over the No. 7 Minnesota Golden Gophers (4-3-2, 0-0-0-0 Big Ten) in the first game of the weekend series.

Junior Brad McClure found the back of the net twice in the win for his team-high sixth and seventh goals of the season. Parker Tuomie and C.J. Franklin also scored for the Mavericks. Two of Minnesota State’s goals came on the power play.

McClure got the game’s first goal when he walked out from the corner and wristed a shot past Gopher goaltender Eric Schierhorn at 12:26 of the first period. Mavericks captain Franklin made it a 2-0 lead when he deflected a shot past Schierhorn at 16:31.

Tommy Novak, who scored the Gophers’ lone goal, brought them within one early in the second period when scored on the power play at 2:16 in the second period. Freshman forward Tuomie got one back at 15:04 with a shot from the point. Just over two minutes later, McClure recorded his second goal when he pounced on a rebound at 17:47 to send the Mavericks into the second intermission with a 4-1 advantage. Both teams were held scoreless in the third period.

Pawloski stopped 25 shots to pick up the win while Eric Schierhorn took the loss for Minnesota with 23 saves.

The two teams complete the two-game series when they square-off in Minneapolis Saturday. An 8 p.m. face-off is scheduled at Mariucci Arena.