|1st||10:52||MNS||1-0||EV||Dallas Gerads (2)||Clint Lewis/5, Max Coatta/6|
|1st||12:38||MNS||2-0||PP GW||Marc Michaelis (11)||Parker Tuomie/16, Daniel Brickley/18|
|2nd||1:32||MNS||3-0||EV||Reggie Lutz (5)||Zeb Knutson/19, Jake Jaremko/18|
|2nd||4:31||MNS||4-0||PP||Zeb Knutson (11)||Marc Michaelis/15, Daniel Brickley/19|
|2nd||14:30||MNS||5-0||EV||Jake Jaremko (9)||Ian Scheid/10, Zeb Knutson/20|
|3rd||1:07||MNS||6-0||EV||Zeb Knutson (12)||Connor Mackey/5, Riese Zmolek/3|
|3rd||5:55||MNS||7-0||EV||C.J. Suess (15)||Marc Michaelis/16, Connor Mackey/6|
|3rd||12:27||AKA||1-7||PP||Alec Butcher (5)||Nicolas Erb-Ekholm/5, Aaron McPheters/3|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Alaska Anchorage (2-21-4)||1/4||3/6||0|
|Minnesota State (20-7-0)||2/3||4/8||0|
|Alaska Anchorage Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Olivier Mantha (L, 2-21-4)||46:33||7||11||14||3||28|
|Minnesota State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Connor LaCouvee (W, 14-3-0)||59:28||1||4||9||4||17|
MANKATO, Minn. - Seventh-rated Minnesota State got four points from senior forward Zeb Knutson as the Mavericks overpowered Alaska Anchorage 7-1 in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association game played in Mankato Friday night.
Goals from forwards Dallas Gerads and Marc Michaelis staked the Mavericks to 2-0 first-period lead. Gerads, a freshman from Blaine, Minn., took the puck in the far corner and went behind the net before circling in front and firing a wrist shot past Olivier Mantha at 10:52 for his second goal of the season. Michaelis, a sophomore from Mannheim, Germany, tallied his 11th goal of the season on a one-timer that snuck inside the right post with the Mavericks on the power play at 12:38.
Minnesota State built on its lead by scoring three times in the second period. Freshman forward Reggie Lutz took a pass from Zeb Knutson on a two-on-one chance and beat Mantha at 1:32 for his fifth goal of the season. It became a 4-0 Maverick lead at 4:31 on a Knutson one-timer and then a 5-0 lead at 14:30 after freshman center Jake Jaremko wired a shot from the right circle for his ninth of the year.
Knutson's second goal of the game at 1:07 into the third made it a 6-0 lead and when senior center C.J. Suess connected for his 15th of the year at 5:55 the lead grew to 7-0. The goal by Suess is the 50th of his Minnesota State career. The Seawolves spoiled Connor LaCouvee's shutout bid at 12:27 off of a power play goal by Alex Butcher.
Knutson ended the game with four points on two goals and two assists. Michaelis had a three-point night on a goal and two assists, while freshman blue liner Connor Mackey and junior defenseman Daniel Brickley both chipped in with a pair of helpers. LaCouvee, who stopped 17 shots, upped his record to 14-3-0 on the season with tonight's victory.
The Mavericks, who outshot UAA by a 43-18 margin in the contest, have now won their last four games. With an overall record of 20-7-0 for 2017-18, Minnesota State has won at least 20 games in a season for six straight years (something that's been accomplished for the first time in program history).
The Mavericks and the Seawolves close out the two-game WCHA set with a 7:07 p.m. face-off scheduled for Saturday at Verizon Center in downtown Mankato.