MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- Eighth-ranked Benilde-St. Margaret's controlled much of the first two periods but a three-goal third period by 15th-ranked Chaska spelled a 4-2 defeat for the Red Knights.
The Hawks controlled the opening minutes and scored just one minute, seconds into the game when Eithan McDonald converted a Blaine Warnert setup.
That lead led for seven and a half minutes before Adam Marshall took a pass in the right circle from Blake Mesenburg and tied the game with his sixth goal of the season.
The score remained tied until the final minutes of the second period when Nate Schweitzer's shot found its way into the top-left corner of the Chaska goal to send the game into the second intermission with BSM holding a 2-1 lead.
It was a power-play which seemed to wake up the Hawks.
Chaska scoring lead Mike Koster scored on a shot through traffic from the top of the slot to tie the game on the Hawks' third power-play attempt of the evening. It was just their second power-play shot but it seemed to wake a sleeping giant.
The Hawks killed a major penalty and, with 5:55 to play in the game, Koster set up Blaine Warnert for the go ahead goal and, while on a major power play, Chaska sealed the win when Nick Olmscheid scored into an empty net with 2.4 seconds to play in the game.
After outshooting the Hawks, 16-5, in the opening period, BSM outshot its opponent by one shot in each of the final two periods for a 34-21 advantage.
Blake Mesenburg set up both Red Knight goals to give him a team-best 21 assists on the season.
BSM returns to action immediately, playing its second of four games in the final week of the season by hosting St. Michael-Albertville, Tuesday, in its first home game since Jan. 17. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the St. Louis Park Recreation Center.