Mankato, Minn. --- Sophomore forward Bryce Gervais scored twice and freshman netminder Cole Huggins was perfect in leading Minnesota State to a 4-0 home Western Collegiate Hockey Association win over Alabama Huntsville Friday in Mankato.
Junior defenseman Zach Palmquist one-timed a pass from Michael Huntebrinker past UAH netminder Matt Larose at 7:33 of the first period to get things rolling for the Mavericks. Sophomore forward Bryce Gervais got his eighth goal of the season when he tallied with the Mavericks shorthanded at 12:01. The goal by Gervais is the fourth shorthanded goal by Minnesota State in the last seven games. A blast from the point from freshman Sean Flanagan with the Mavericks on the power play at 17:30 made it 3-0.
A scoreless middle frame was followed by a power play goal from Gervais when he finished off a breakaway chance at 12:37 of the third stanza.
Minnesota State freshman goaltender Cole Huggins stopped all 17 UAH shots for his third shutout of the season and now stands 14-7-1 for the year. The game was played in front of 3,127 fans.
MSU, which has won its last four games, now stands 18-13-0, 16-7-0 WCHA for 2013-14. The Chargers fall to 1-29-0, 1-20-1 WCHA.
The two teams close out the two-game league series Saturday with a 7:07 p.m. face-off scheduled at Verizon Wireless Center in downtown Mankato.