Freshman netminder Stephon Williams posts second shutout of season with 16 saves for Mavericks

Stephon Williams made 16 saves for the Mavericks

Mankato, Minn. --- Minnesota State got goals from three different players in claiming its sixth straight win Saturday in Mankato.

The Mavericks rolled to a 3-0 Western Collegiate Hockey Association win over visiting Alaska Anchorage in front of 3,348 fans at Verizon Wireless Center.

After a scoreless first period in which the Mavericks outshot the Seawolves 13-4, the Mavericks got on the board first in the second period on a goal scored by sophomore forward Chase Grant, who took a centering pass from Josh Nelson and wristed a shot that went through a maze of defenders in front of the net and got by UAA goaltender Chris Kamal at 01:51. It became 2-0 lead at 7:26 when senior forward Eriah Hayes skated into the offensive zone and took a shot that deflected off a UAA defenseman past Kamal. The goal is a team-best tenth of the year for Hayes and extends his point-scoring streak to eight games during which he's racked up 8-3--11.

The nail in the coffin was a power play goal from junior forward Zack Lehrke, whose rebound effort at 7:06 gives him three tallies on the season.

Freshman netminder Stephon Williams stopped all 16 shots he faced in the game in recording his second shut-out of the season.

Now 8-5-2 overall and 6-5-2 in WCHA games on the season, the Mavericks outshot Alaska Anchorage 35-16 in the game and went one for four on power play opportunities. Alaska Anchorage was held scoreless on two power play chances.

MSU takes on Nebraska-Omaha next Friday at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb. with the game scheduled for a 7:37 p.m. start.