MSU 5-4 UNO (OT): Purple Mavericks salvage split

Minnesota State bounced back from an overtime loss to visiting Nebraska-Omaha on Friday to get one of its own Saturday, with the purple Mavericks earning a 5-4 win to salvage a series split with UNO.

MSU’s Johnny McInnis scored the winner 3:05 into the extra frame at Mankato, Minn.’s Verizon Wireless Center, beating UNO goaltender John Faulkner with a wrist shot from the top of the circles.

Eriah Hayes also shined for MSU Saturday, with the junior forward netting three goals of his own.

The visitors had three one-goal leads on Saturday and leveled the game with 9.5 seconds left through a Jayson Megna goal. MSU held on, though, to raise its record to 8-17-1 and 4-13-1 in the WCHA.

UNO freshman Josh Archibald had two goals and an assist for the red Mavs (12-10-4, 9-6-3).

Bryce Aneloski was UNO’s other scorer on Friday.

UNO now has a week off before facing Bemidji State in Omaha Feb. 3 and 4. BSU features in Minnesota State’s future, too, with MSU traveling to Bemidji, Minn. to face the Beavers Jan. 27 and 28.

Other scores from Saturday’s action around the WCHA:

  • Minnesota 2-1 Colorado College
  • Michigan Tech 2-5 Northern Michigan (NC)
  • Wisconsin 3-2 Alaska-Anchorage
  • Minnesota Duluth 4-3 Alabama-Huntsville
  • St. Cloud State 2-3 North Dakota
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