The team got back to their winning ways this past weekend, with help of both sides of the puck
After struggling the previous week against Bemidji State, Minnesota State resumed their winning ways in a road sweep against No. 20 Lake Superior State by scores of 4-2 and 3-0.
MSU wasted little time at the start of the match, as sophomore forward Walker Duehr scored the first goal of the game at the 4:13 mark in the first period.
It was followed up a few minutes later, when sophomore defenseman Connor Mackey struck on a power play.
Then, with under three minutes left in the period, Duehr scored again as the lead stretched to 3-0.
The second period was mainly silent in scoring. Despite a combined five power plays between both squads, neither team could convert on their opportunities.
Lake Superior State finally broke the silence at the 17:53 mark in the period, as Diego Cuglietta found the net to cut the lead to two.
Midway through the third period, junior forward Marc Michaelis found the back of the net, bringing the lead back to three.
Cuglietta would score the final goal of the game on a power play, but there was little time left for any comeback attempt.
Saturday’s affair started much like it did on Friday, as junior forward Charlie Gerard scored early on a power play. But after Gerard’s goal, scoring went silent as the period would end 1-0.
Both sides had problems creating shots, with both teams combining for a total of 11 shots in the period.
Lake Superior State had plenty of chances in the second period but ended up squandering all of their opportunities. Despite having four power plays, the Lakers went 0-for-11 on shot attempts in the period.
Meanwhile, the Mavericks extended the lead, thanks to a goal from junior forward Parker Tuomie.
Despite their best efforts, LSSU again failed to score in the third period, and they were shut out for the first time this season.
They pulled their goalie in hopes of generating some offense late, but the only score that came out of that was a Maverick goal by junior forward Josh French.
In the victory, Dryden McKay recorded his first career shutout in only his sixth start, stopping all 23 shots that came his way.
The Mavericks come back home for next weekend’s series when they play Alaska Anchorage. Those games will both start at 7:07 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Feature photo by Kjerstin Hall | MSU Reporter.