Mankato, Minn. -- An ineffective offense spelled doom for Minnesota State in a 4-0 Western Collegiate Hockey League shutout loss to Alaska Anchorage Friday night at the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato.
The Seawolves first lit the lamp late in the first period on a goal from senior Tommy Grant who deflected a shot past MSU junior goaltender Austin Lee on the stick side in the last ten seconds of a UAA 4-on-3 power play at 18:37..
UAA struck again at 2:25 in the second period, when senior Nick Haddad caught a pass off a face-off win from freshman Jordan Kwas and beat Lee from in front. Another UAA goal came from a shot by senior Sean Wiles that senior Craig Parkinson tipped at 7:29. Phil Cook took over the net for MSU following the Parkinson goal.
The final goal of the night came at 13:17 in the third period from UAA senior Nick Haddad who scored on a rebound originally shot by junior Brad Gorham.
The Mavericks outshot the Seawolves 35-27 on the night. Austin Lee made eight saves for the Mavericks while Phil Cook stopped 15 UAA shots; Kamal was perfect for 35 saves.
Tonight's shutout was the second of the season for both Kamal and the Seawolves. The last time MSU was shutout at home was by Joe Howe of Colorado College on October 24th, 2010. This was the first win for UAA against the Mavericks since November 21, 2009 in Anchorage.
The Mavericks fall to 8-15-4 in WCHA play and are 14-15-6 on the season, while the Seawolves improve to 11-14-2 in the WCHA (13-17-3 overall).
The teams will finish out the series Saturday night at the Verizon Wireless Center in downtown Mankato with a start time of 7:00 p.m. (CST).