Minnesota State, Mankato extended its unbeaten streak to 11 games with a pair of ties against Minnesota in a hard-fought Western Collegiate Hockey Association matchup this weekend.
Mavericks coach Troy Jutting said he was satisfied with Saturday's 4-4 stalemate.
"This was a good tie," Jutting said. "It's frustrating in the sense that you're only a goal away from winning, but we had to battle to get this one, so we're satisfied with a tie."
Gophers coach Don Lucia did not see it the same way.
"We had our opportunities," Lucia said. "We had good energy to start the game, but we couldn't get a lead by a couple of goals so we felt in control. I'm disappointed to get two ties at home."
Minnesota (12-6-7, 7-4-5 WCHA) controlled much of Friday's game, outshooting the Mavericks 18-4. Jerrid Reinholz scored with 2:57 left in the third period to give Minnesota a 2-2 tie and the motivation to snap the Mavericks (10-7-9, 8-5-7) unbeaten streak in Saturday's game.
But failed power plays and minor errors cost the Gophers their chance for redemption.
"We don't have a large margin for error," Lucia said. "We don't have that talent like we did last year that can take over a game. We need everything to go well."
In other WCHA action, Colorado College swept Wisconsin, St. Cloud State and Minnesota-Duluth split and Michigan Tech swept Alaska-Anchorage.
Peter Sejna, Noah Clarke and Andrew Canzanello each had a goal and an assist as Colorado defeated Wisconsin 4-2 on Friday.
The Tigers (19-2-5, 12-1-5) got the game-winner when Clarke scored 50 seconds into the final period, making it 3-1.
Wisconsin (8-15-3, 2-11-3) closed to within 3-2 when Ryan MacMurchy scored at 1:19 into the third.
Brett Sterling sealed the victory with a power-play goal with 2:34 left in the game, making it 4-2.
Colorado scored two goals in a 40-second span of the first period Saturday and then rolled to a 5-0 win over Wisconsin.
Sejna led the Tigers with a goal and three assists.
Joe Jensen scored two goals to lift St. Cloud State past Minnesota-Duluth 3-2 Friday night.
Duluth pulled goalie Isaac Reichmuth with 1:21 left in the third, but couldn't turn the offensive advantage into another goal.
Reichmuth made 27 saves for the Bulldogs (11-9-4, 7-6-3), while Jake Moreland turned away 28 shots on goal for the Huskies (12-9-3, 8-7-3).
Reichmuth made 26 saves in Saturday's game as Duluth beat St. Cloud State 3-1.
The win snaps a six-game home losing streak for Duluth against the Huskies, and marks the Bulldogs' first win over St. Cloud since Jan. 17, 1998.
In Houghton, Michigan, Chris Durno scored the game-winning goal to lead Michigan Tech to a 4-2 win over Alaska-Anchorage Friday night.
Colin Murphy, Frank Werner and Justin Brown also scored for the Huskies (7-13-4, 4-9-3).
Brad Sullivan had a goal and an assist to lead Tech past the Seawolves 3-1 Saturday night.
The Seawolves (1-16-7, 0-14-6) pulled goalie Kevin Reigter for the extra attacker with less than a minute to go, but Durno notched an empty net goal with one second left to seal the win.
Cam Ellsworth got the win in net for Michigan Tech, stopping 35 shots. Reigter also stopped 35 shot for the Seawolves.
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