Mankato, Minn. --- Minnesota State drew blood first and early, however it was not enough as the Mavericks dropped a 5-4 Western Collegiate Hockey Association tilt to Alaska Anchorage Friday evening at Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato.
The Mavericks jumped out to an early lead, scoring just a minute into the game after a shot by junior forward Eriah Hayes bounced off the Seawolve's defenseman and into the back of the net. Hayes tallied his third goal of the season in extending his scoring streak to five games.
The Seawolves took the momentum going into the first intermission, scoring late in the period after a power play shot by Jordan Kwas soared past Maverick senior goaltender Austin Lee at 18:20.
MSU scored a short-handed goal to open the second period when senior forward Justin Jokinen's shot bounced back into the slot where sophomore forward Zach Lehrke cleaned up the mess to score his second goal of the season. Alaska Anchorage came storming back with a goal of their own when Brett Cameron's break-away shot along the ice beat Lee at 9:45. The Seawolves took the lead just two minutes later, scoring off a give-and-go play with defensman Curtis Leinweber tallying a power play marker at 11:49. The Mavericks responded when Jokinen scored on an unassisted goal at 13:29.
Alaska-Anchorage regained the lead just 2:16 into the third period when Andrew Pettitt scored off a turnover behind the net. MSU evened the game at 4-4 after Lehrke scored his second goal of the game at the 11:12 mark. Alaska-Anchorage poked in a goal from the right side of the net to regain the lead for the final time when Scott Allen tapped the puck in after Lee stopped the initial shot.
The Mavericks outshot the Seawolves 27-24 in the game and went zero-for-three in power play chances.
Alaska Anchorage, which converted on two-of-three power play chances, improves to 2-7-0 in the WCHA and 5-7-1 overall on the season. Tthe Mavericks fall to 2-7-0 in the WCHA and 3-10-0 overall.
The two teams meet again Saturday night to finish out the weekend series with a 7:07(CST) scheduled start time at Verizon Wireless Center in downtown Mankato.