SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich.- Lake Superior fell to Minnesota State Mankota Friday evening by a score of 5-0. The match-up between Western Collegiate Hockey Association foes was the first ever between the two programs.
Minnesota State jumped out to a 2-0 lead early in the first period, getting goals from Max Gaede 2:41 minutes into the game and Dylan Margonari 8:05 minutes into the first frame. The Mavericks (20-13-0, 18-7-0 WCHA) outshot the Lakers (16-16-1, 12-13-0 WCHA) 15-2 in the first period.
Margoni picked up his second goal of the evening 3:27 into the second period. The second tally from Margoni was the lone goal of the period, sending the Lakers in to the the second intermission trailing 3-0. The Lakers were again outshot by the Mavericks in the second period, this time by a 13-4 margin.
Josh Nelson picked up his first goal of the season for the Mavericks, a power-play goal, with 5:30 minutes remaining in regulation. Less than a minute later the Mavericks got their fifth goal from Chase Grant at the 15:27 mark.
The Lakers were out shot 40-14 by the Mavericks. In net for the Lakers was Kevin Kapalka (9-6-1), who made 35 saves on the night.
Saturday night is Senior Night and the Lakers will honor their seniors following the match-up with Minnesota State. Adult and children tickets are $5. The game will be available on 99.5 YES FM and America One Sports.