Mankato, Minn. --- Ninth-rated Minnesota State jumped out to a 1-0 first-period lead and never looked back in rolling to to a 6-1 victory in a men's Western Collegiate Hockey Association game played in Mankato Saturday.
The Mavericks opened up the scoring in the first period on a goal scored by freshman forward Dylan Margonari, who collected a rebound off a shot from senior defenseman Evan Mosey and snapped a shot past Michigan Tech freshman goaltender Phoenix Copley at 13:36.
It became a 2-0 MSU lead in the second period on a shorthanded goal scored by Zach Lehrke, who took a pass from Brett Knowles at the blue line and slipped the puck in between the pads of Copley at 9:33. A power play goal scored from Eriah Hayes at 16:58 made it 3-0 with the tally by Hayes upping his total to a team-high 18.. Sophomore forward Matt Leitner got his 12th of the year when he chipped the puck past Copley at 19:04.
MSU extended its lead in the final period on a goal scored by freshman forward Brett Knowles at 6:51. Michigan Tech got on the board on a breakaway goal scored by freshman C.J. Eick at 14:06. MSU's final goal was a power play goal scored by freshman forward Bryce Gervais, who jammed the puck past Copely at 17:48. Gervias now has a five-game point-scoring streak during which he's totalled 1-4--5.
Minnesota State is now 20-9-3 overall and 14-9-1 in WCHA games on the season. Michigan Tech outshot the Mavericks 38-22. The Mavericks were two-for-four on the power play, while Michigan Tech was zero-for-two on the man advantage.
The game was played in front of 4,363 fans at Verizon Wireless Center in downtown Mankato.
MSU, which has won 16 of its last 21 contests, continues WCHA action March 1 and 2 with a pair of games at Colorado College. The Mavericks' 20 wins this year marks the third time during MSU's DI-era that the program has achieved at least 20 wins. MSU's best record in terms of wins in a season was in 1999-2000 when the Mavericks posted a 21-14-4 mark. MSU also was 20-11-10 in 2002-03.