ANCHORAGE - The Minnesota State Mavericks collected the Western Collegiate Hockey Association sweep with a 2-1 win over host Alaska Anchorage at the Sullivan Arena on Saturday evening in front of 2,745 spectatros. The Seawolves lone goal was scored by sophomore forward Matt Bailey.
The Mavericks (12-19-1, 8-15-1 WCHA) scored early in the first before the Seawolves (7-19-2, 4-19-1 WCHA) responded 65 seconds later with their own goal. MSU added the game-winning goal halfway through the third for the WCHA win, keeping the Seawolves in last place in the 12-team league.
The Mavericks' Eriah Hayes opened the scoring, just two minutes, 37 seconds into the game, by picking up a rebound left outside of sophomore Rob Gunderson's crease. Gunderson made the first save on a shot by Jean-Paul LaFont, but the bounce landed in the capable hands of Hayes, who picked up his team-leading 13th of the season.
Bailey, a local of Winnipeg, Manitoba, furnished his fourth goal in three games to knot the game at 1-1 on a pass from senior Curtis Leinweber behind the net. UAA's Rookie of the Year from a year ago, Bailey capitalized and sent a one-timer by MSU neminder Phil Cook.
The Seawolves enjoyed a 5-minute power play in the final minutes of the first and the beginning of the second when MSU's Max Gaede was whistled for checking-from-behind and received a game misconduct. The favor would be returned at the end of the second stanza when sophomore Andrew Pickering picked up the same infraction.
The game remained deadlocked until 13:51 of the third when Michael Dorr broke free from the Seawolf defense in the neutral zone and collected the game-winning tally. Gunderson attempted a stick save and instead ended up flipping the puck over his head and into the goal.
UAA's bench boss Dave Shyiak pulled Gunderson with under two minutes left in regulation, but the Seawolves failed to find the equalizer before time expired. Gunderson (4-9-2) picked up the loss with 14 saves, while Cook improved his record to 7-6-0 with 18 saves. UAA outshot MSU, 19-16.
In addition to Pickering, sophomore defenseman Quinn Sproule was tagged for a 5-minute major and a game misconduct for contact to the head, giving the Seawolves 34 minutes of penalties. MSU was 4-for-19. Both teams went scoreless on the man advantage.
The Seawolves will travel for the first time since Jan. 20-21 when they face St. Cloud State on Feb. 17-18 in their last WCHA road series. The games are scheduled to commence at 4:37 p.m. AST on Friday night and at 4:07 p.m. AST on Saturday.