Minnesota State senior forward Brett Knowles might want to change his number to 44. It continues to serve him and the Mavericks well at Mariucci Arena.
Knowles scored his second big game-changing goal in the building Saturday. Both coincidentally came with 44 seconds remaining in regulation.
"We actually talked about it in the third period with him," Minnesota State head coach Mike Hastings said. "That's special."
As a freshman in 2012-13, Knowles' second goal of the season broke Minnesota's 10 game unbeaten streak with the go-ahead goal with 44.9 seconds remaining. Minnesota State held on for a 2-1 win against a Gopher team that was ranked number one at the time.
This time, in front of his brother who was in town, the Vanderhoof, BC native completed a third period two goal comeback for Minnesota State with his second goal of his senior season. With the extra attacker out, Casey Nelson kept the puck in the Minnesota zone and Knowles made the Gophers pay.
Minnesota State went on to win 3-2 in overtime on a goal by fellow senior Teddy Blueger. Unfortunately for Blueger he was a couple seconds off. The Latvia native scored his with just 42.7 seconds remaining.
Nathan Wells is a college hockey columnist for SB Nation mostly covering both the University of Minnesota and Big Ten. You can also follow him on Twitter -- Follow @gopherstate