The men’s hockey team look to close out the year strong
The men’s hockey team is approaching the season finally at a rapid pace, as they faced off versus the Alaska Anchorage Seawolves on Friday and Saturday.
Both games, the Mavericks lit it up on offense, kicking around the Seawolves’ defense up to the tune of 11 goals in the pair of games. The opening game was a 7-1 rampage for the Mavericks, with the home team outshooting the visitors by a stunning 43-18 margin.
Freshman Dallas Gerads found the net for the second time as a Mav, putting in his first goal of the season. It was quickly followed by Marc Michaelis, as the Mavs found themselves off to the races in the first period up 2-0, with no slowing them down.
After an Austin Azurdia goal put Anchorage up for the first time since Jan. 5, Nick Rivara answered for the Mavericks in under two minutes to tie the game at 1-1, followed by Parker Tuomie grabbing another first-period goal to take the advantage.
During the 2nd period, Gerads found his second goal of the weekend. Zeb Knutson continued his phenomenal season over the weekend by netting his second goal in as many days against the
Seawolves in the second period of game two, giving him 13 this season and 32 points.
With a 4-1 lead headed into the final period of the weekend, the Mavericks seemed to have wrapped up Alaska nicely, but Anchorage came into game two with some fight in them after the six-goal embarrassment from the night before. They made a late-game push that started with Jonah Renouf sliding one past Mavericks goaltender Connor LaCouvee. The Mavericks pushed till the final minutes of the game with a two-goal lead when Azurdia found the net yet again for the Seawolves after they had pulled their goaltender.
The Seawolves fell short in a 4-3 game. Despite the loss, they shot far more efficient than the previous night, with only 18 shots on goal but this time finding three scores. The Mavericks were the ones who stayed consistently dominant on offense and had a winning effect, with 46 shots on goal.
The victories over the weekend not only set the Minnesota winning streak to five games, it also set the Mavericks at 21-7 this season. Now the Mavericks set out on the road to play the Alabama
Huntsville Mustangs in a two-game series over the 9th and 10th.