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Mavericks open season with sweep at Merrimack

Minnesota State University's women's hockey team is flying high after sweeping Merrimack College on the road to start the season. MSU capped the series sweep with an emphatic 9-3 win on Saturday.

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Minnesota State University's Kennedy Bobyck, left, battles for the puck with Merrimack's Courtney Maud during Saturday's non-conference women's hockey game at Lawler Rink in North Andover, Mass. Contributed / Merrimack Athletics

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. — The Minnesota State University returned home from Massachusetts Saturday night flying high after a 9-3 victory against Merrimack College at Lawler Rink.

The win gives the Mavericks (2-0-0 overall) a sweep of the season-opening series and a boost of confidence heading into next weekend's home opener and WCHA opener against national power Minnesota Duluth.

Minnesota State led 3-1 after one period and broke the game open with four goals in the second period to bring a 7-2 lead into the third.

The Mavericks' nine goals marked their most in a game in nearly a decade, since defeating Lindenwood 10-2 on Oct. 1, 2011.

Three MSU players led the way offensively: Senior forwards Brooke Bryant, Brittyn Fleming and Claire Butorac. Bryant and Fleming recorded two goals and an assist each, while Butorac had a goal and two assists.


Merrimack actually scored the game's first goal, when Courtney Maud scored 2:52 into the game. It was all MSU after that, as Sydney Langseth, Kennedy Bobyck and Bryant scored once each for a 3-1 lead. MSU pulled away in the second, as Fleming scored twice, while Kelsey King added a short-handed goal and Butorac scored once.

Byrant and Danielle England added third-period insurance goals for the Mavericks, who received 27 saves from sophomore goalie Lauren Barbro in her first start of the year.

MSU faces a tall task next week when it plays at home against No. 5-ranked Minnesota Duluth. Friday's game is set for a 6:01 p.m. start, while Saturday's game is a scheduled 3:01 p.m. start.

BOX SCORE: Minnesota State University 9, Merrimack College 3

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