|1st||9:05||MNS||1-0||EV||Bryce Gervais (14)||Zeb Knutson/10, Michael Huntebrinker/11|
|3rd||2:50||MNS||2-0||EV GW||Teddy Blueger (9)||Jimmy Mullin/8|
|3rd||19:22||AKA||1-2||SH||Blake Leask (2)||Nils Rygaard/3|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Minnesota State (17-10-7)||0/6||3/6||0|
|Alaska Anchorage (11-18-3)||0/3||6/12||1|
|Minnesota State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Cole Huggins (W, 9-8-2)||59:55||1||4||2||3||9|
|Alaska Anchorage Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Olivier Mantha (L, 10-16-3)||59:35||2||8||12||8||28|
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Anchorage Seawolves' season at the Sullivan Arena came to an end as visiting No. 18 Minnesota State collected the Western Collegiate Hockey Association sweep with a 2-1 victory on Saturday evening.
With the loss, the battle for the final playoff berth continues in Fairbanks, March 4-5 as the Seawolves (11-18-3, 8-16-2 WCHA) take on in-state rival Alaska Fairbanks. UAA holds a two-point advantage over the Nanooks and will need to win at least one game at the Carlson Center to advance to the WCHA First Round. If UAF wins and ties or sweeps, UAA's season will come to an end.
The Mavericks - who currently hold down No. 1 in the WCHA standings with 37 points - were on their way to their second shutout of the weekend when senior defenseman Blake Leask had other plans. The Seawolves scored with 37.5 seconds left in the third period when Leask collected his second of the season, shorthanded. Freshman Nils Rygaard created a turnover behind the net and found Leask out in front.
With momentum in their favor, the Seawolves - still skating shorthanded with Connor Wright in the sin bin for hooking - pulled netminder Olivier Mantha for the extra attacker, but couldn't find the game-tying strike.
Tonight's game started when the Mavericks (17-10-7, 15-4-7 WCHA) took a 1-0 lead when senior forward Bryce Gervais (14th of season) picked up a blocked shot in front of the net at 9:05 of the opening stanza. Linemates Zeb Knutson and Michael Huntebrinker were credited with the helpers.
Following a scoreless second period, the Mavericks got by Mantha at 2:50 of the third. Senior forward Teddy Blueger furnished his ninth of the season, sliding around Mantha. Jimmy Mullin furnished the only assist.
Much like Friday, the Mavericks produced a commanding lead for shots on goal at 30-10 - a season low for the Seawolves. Mantha made 28 saves in the loss, while Cole Huggins improved to 9-8-2 with nine saves.
The Seawolves wished a home farewell to their four seniors prior to puck drop - Leask, Blake Tatchell, Austin Sevalrud and Chris Williams.
UAA heads North for Game 3 & 4 of the Alaska Airlines Governor's Cup in Fairbanks. Puck drop is 7:07 p.m. both nights. The Nanooks hold a 1-0-1 lead in the Cup standings, following the first series of the season, Dec. 11-12.
Additionally, UAA's and UAF's alumni will faceoff during the afternoon of March 5 at the Carlson Center.