|1st||1:37||MNS||1-0||EV GW||Bryce Gervais (13)||Zeb Knutson/9, Jaden Schmeisser/3|
|2nd||9:26||MNS||2-0||EV||Dylan Margonari (4)||Teddy Blueger/21, Jimmy Mullin/7|
|2nd||17:32||MNS||3-0||EV||C.J. Franklin (14)||-|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Minnesota State (16-10-7)||0/3||3/6||0|
|Alaska Anchorage (11-17-3)||0/3||3/9||0|
|Minnesota State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Cole Huggins (W, 8-8-2)||59:40||0||3||5||7||15|
|Alaska Anchorage Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Olivier Mantha (L, 10-15-3)||60:00||3||6||15||9||30|
ANCHORAGE - The nationally-ranked No. 18 Minnesota State Mavericks handed the Alaska Anchorage Seawolves a 3-0 shutout Friday night in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association game at the Sullivan Arena.
Despite the loss, the Seawolves (18 points) remain in eighth place in the WCHA standings following in-state rival Alaska Fairbanks' loss at Michigan Tech. UAF remains behind UAA by two points in the standings at No. 9, as the Seawolves (11-17-3, 8-15-2) cling to the remaining spot that advances to the WCHA First Round. The two Alaska teams meet March 4-5 in Fairbanks for the final two games of the Alaska Airlines Governor's Cup, with the series likely to determine who claims the final playoff berth.
Meanwhile, the Mavericks regained sole possession of the No. 1 position with 35 points, two points ahead of Michigan Tech and Bowling Green.
Tonight's game saw a disparaging gap for shots on goal. After leading 7-3 in the first period, the Mavericks (16-10-7, 14-4-7 WCHA) took a commanding 17-5 lead for shots on target in the second before a 9-7 advantage in the third. Overall, MSU peppered the Green & Gold goal with 33 shots to UAA's 15.
MSU scored early in the opening stanza, taking a 1-0 lead at 1:37 when senior Bryce Gervais capitalized on a breakaway. Gervais beat netminder Olivier Mantha, on just the second shot of the night with assists going to Zeb Knutson and Jaden Schmeisser.
Following a lengthy review of a goal waived off, the Mavericks' Dylan Margonari made it 2-0 at 9:26 of the second. Margonari, with help from Teddy Blueger and Jimmy Mullin, jammed it in for his fourth of the season.
Making it 3-0 for the Mavericks was sophomore C.J. Franklin at 17:32 of the middle frame. Franklin went end-to-end and fired a wrister of the rush from the left circle, unassisted. The teams headed into the locker rooms for second intermission with MSU leading, 3-0.
The final frame was scoreless and saw the Seawolves kill off a 5-minute major penalty called on junior Dylan Hubbs for facemasking. Both teams were scoreless on the man advantage, each going 0-for-3.
Mantha made 30 saves, while Cole Huggins made 15 stops with the win to improve to 8-8-2.
The Seawolves and Mavericks square off tomorrow night at 7:07 p.m. The night also doubles as Senior Night, where Blake Leask, Blake Tatchell, Austin Sevalrud and Chris Williams will be honored before puck drop.