ANCHORAGE - Minnesota State's Mike Louwerse scored two goals including the game winner at 9:42 of the third period to lift the Mavericks to a 3-2 win over Alaska Anchorage in a WCHA encounter Friday night at the Sullivan Arena.
MSU improved to 11-19-1 overall and 7-15-1 in WCHA play while the Seawolves are now 7-18-2 overall and 4-18-1 in WCHA action.
UAA's Scott Warner scored a power-play goal at 5:36 of the third on a rocket from the point to tie things at 2-2. Austin Coldwell and Mitch Bruijsten were credited with assists on the tally.
But Louwerse got the game-winner just four minutes later. UAA goalie Rob Gunderson made the initial save, but Louwerse scooped up a loose puck in a scramble in the crease and was able to lift it past the UAA netminder.
The Seawolves were able to carry the play for much of the rest of the way, but were unable to get the equalizer. The end result was a bitter pill to swallow for UAA, which outshot MSU, 24-17, and won the battle of special teams by killing all five Maverick power plays while going 2-for-3 on their own man-advantage situations.
The loss broke a five-game UAA unbeaten streak against the Mavericks dating back to last season.
On the heels of back-to-back first period penalty kills by the Seawolves, UAA's Matt Bailey scored on a Seawolf power play with just 24 seconds remaining in the first. His shot from the right point beat a screened MSU goaltender Phil Cook high to the glove side. Coldwell and Warner were credited with assists.
The Mavericks struck twice in second period to stake a 2-1 lead. A turnover at center ice put MSU's Louwerse and Jean-Paul Lafont into the UAA zone on a two-on-none. Louwerse scored the goal at 8:56 of the period. Just 2:40 later, a knuckleball shot from MSU's Johnny McInnis out in front caromed in off a UAA defenseman for a goal at 11:36 of the second.
UAA's Gunderson finished with 14 saves while MSU's Cook had 22 in victory.
The two teams will meet Saturday night at 7:07 AST in the series ender.