The No. 1-ranked Minnesota State Mavericks men’s hockey team has done it once again, taking the weekend series against Alaska Anchorage and moving on to 10-1-1 overall and 7-1-0 in WCHA for the season.
MSU dominated on Nov. 22, with a score of 7-1.
The Mavericks scored right away with less than two minutes into the game on the power play, as seniors Charlie Gerard and Marc Michaelis assisted senior Parker Tuomie’s first goal of the night.
Assisted by freshman Nathan Smith, junior Jared Jaremko then extended the MSU lead in the seventh minute.
Gerard then netted his seventh goal of the year to start the second period, followed by a goal from Smith.
The third period saw a lot of action, with three MSU goals and one by UAA. Tuomie made his fifth goal of the season after a face-off win by Michaelis, who had a total of three assists throughout the game.
Senior captain Nick Rivera then scored his first goal of the season, followed by junior Reggie Lutz who closed out the scoring when he cashed in on a two-on-one odd-man rush by taking a pass from Josh French.
MSU outshot the Seawolves by a 34-20 margin in the game and went one-for-three in power plays
Moving on to Saturday, UAA presented a better defensive effort, as the Mavericks were unable to score until late in the second period when Michaelis pulled through and moved the puck into the net at the 19:19 minute mark.
MSU scored two more times during the last period, with junior Connor Mackey scoring his third goal of the season. Junior center Jared Spooner closed out the game with a goal and put the Mavericks up 3-0 with 19 seconds remaining in the game.
Sophomore goalie Dryden McKay finished the weekend with a total of 38 stops, improving his record to 9-1-1, as well as tallying his third shutout of the season.
The team will travel to Duluth to face their rivals, the UMD Bulldogs, this weekend.
Header photo: Minnesota State forward Charlie Gerard (9) shoots the puck against Alaska Anchorage at the Mankato Civic Center Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019 in Mankato, Minn. (Kjerstin Hall/MSU Reporter)