Grand Rapids, Mich. --- 15th-rated Minnesota State skated past Bowling Green 4-0 in semi-final action Friday at the 2014 Western College Hockey Association Final Five being played at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Freshman goaltender Cole Huggins recorded his sixth shut-out of the season to establish a school record and sophomore forward Bryce Gervais stayed hot with a three-point game in the victory.
With the win, Minnesota State advances to the championship game of the Final Five, which is scheduled for Saturday night. After a scoreless opening frame, the Mavericks scored first when junior forward Chase Grant finished off a series of passes between himself and linemates Matt Leitner and Bryce Gervais at 3:52. The goal in the ninth of the year for Grant. Sophomore forward Bryce Gervais then stole the puck behind the BGSU net and scored on a wrap-around attempt with the Mavericks shorthanded at 12:47. The goal gives Gervais 16 tallies on the year.
Minnesota State then put the game away with two goals in the third, the first of which came at 10:47 after sophomore Teddy Blueger took the puck away from a BGSU player in the neutral zone and found Johnn McInnis in the slot. McInnis roofed the puck into the net for his 21 goal of the season. The Mavericks sealed the win at 18:28 with an empty net goal by Leitner at 18:28. The goal is Leitner's 12th of the season and Gervais drew the lone assist for this third point of the game.
Huggins, who has started 18 of the last 20 games for the Mavericks, had 36 saves in backstopping the Mavericks.
MSU, which had 36 shots on goal and held the Falcons scoreless in six power play chances, extended its unbeaten streak to 12 games with the win.
MSU now stands 25-13-1 with tonight's victory. Bowling Green completes its season with a 15-21-2 record.
With the win MSU advances to the 2014 WCHA Final Five championship game and will face the winner of tonight's other semi-final game between Ferris State and Alaska Anchorage tomorrow night.