Mav hockey stays hot, sweeps Ferris State at home

The team is now 9-2-0 on the season, making them one of the top teams in the WCHA

Brady Olson
Staff Writer

The Minnesota State men’s hockey team continued their early dominance this season, scoring 12 times in two games, as they sweep Ferris State by scores of 7-1 and 5-2.

The Friday game was never a close affair, as the Mavs scored early and often. 

Junior forward Nick Rivera scored first at the 7:30 mark in the 1st period. 

He was followed up with goals from sophomore forward Dallas Gerads and junior forward Parker Tuomie, ending the period at 3-0.

The 2nd period started where the first ended, as junior forward Marc Michaelis extended the Mavs’ lead just 40 seconds into the period. 

After that goal, the scoring would go quiet until the final minute of the period when sophomore defenseman Jack McNeely poured in his for the Mavs, padding the Mavericks’ lead at that point, 5-0.

The first score in the third period would go to Ferris State’s Jacob Hetz, ensuring that Ferris would avoid the shutout. 

Their scoring ended there, as Michaelis would score on a power play. 

At the 14:08 mark in the period, sophomore forward Jared Spooner would score the last goal of the night, as Connor Mackey would record his third assist of the night on the play.

The Saturday game was somewhat quiet compared to the one on Friday, especially in terms of power plays. 

While 10 power plays occurred on Friday, Saturday’s match only saw three, with all of them coming in the 3rd period. Scoring also started quietly, as the 1st period ended in a scoreless tie.

The goals started to arrive in the 2nd, as Jared Spooner scored a pair of goals to give the Mavericks a 2-0 lead. 

Soon after Spooner’s second goal, FSU’s Corey Mackin cut the lead to one with a goal of his own.

Both teams would open up the 3rd by trading goals, with MSU’s Max Coatta striking first before a response from FSU’s Frankie Melton. 

However, Ferris State would not score again, and MSU would end the game with a pair of goals from Coatta and Rivera, giving the Mavs the 5-2 victory.

With the victories, the Mavericks advance to 9-1-0 overall and 4-0-0 in WCHA play. Their 12 points are tied for the conference lead with Michigan Tech (4-0-0) and Northern Michigan (4-2-0). The Mavericks will be on the road next week as they face Bemidji State. Both games will be broadcast live on KTOE 1420.

Feature photo by Kjerstin Hall | MSU Reporter.

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