Minnesota State Skates Past Alaska, 6-2, to Sweep Quarterfinal Series
Sophomore forward Nicholas Rivera posts goal and assist for Mavericks

Sophomore forward Nicholas Rivera scored a goal and an assist for the Mavericks
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 0:51  AKF1-0 PP Tayler Munson (8)Zach Frye/23
1st 10:50  MNS1-1 EV Edwin Hookenson (2)Nicholas Rivera/9, Clint Lewis/6
1st 15:21  MNS2-1 PP Dallas Gerads (6)Reggie Lutz/19, Ian Scheid/15
3rd 5:43  MNS3-1 SH GW Nicholas Rivera (8)Clint Lewis/7
3rd 6:08  MNS4-1 EV Connor Mackey (4)Jared Spooner/15, Daniel Brickley/23
3rd 7:36  MNS5-1 PP Daniel Brickley (10)Zeb Knutson/27, Parker Tuomie/25
3rd 10:38  MNS6-1 PP Marc Michaelis (18)Parker Tuomie/26, Zeb Knutson/28
3rd 18:03  AKF2-6 PP Zach Frye (11)Troy Van Tetering/11, Justin Woods/11
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Alaska  1012
Minnesota State  2046
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Alaska  641424
Minnesota State  14151039
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Alaska (11-22-3)  2/6 10/28 0
Minnesota State (28-7-1)  3/7 8/16 1
Alaska Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Niko DellaMaggiore (L, 1-4-0)60:006 1215633
Minnesota State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Connor LaCouvee (W, 22-3-1)59:342 541322
Empty Net0:260     

MANKATO, Minn. - Minnesota State moved into the second round of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association play-offs, finishing off its first-round opponent with a 6-2 win over the University of Alaska Saturday.

The Mavericks overwhelmed the Nanooks by an 8-2 margin Friday in claiming a 2-0 best-of-three series victory.

Alaska did score the first goal of the game Saturday, capitalizing on a power play chance early in the game with Tayler Munson grabbing a rebound off the back boards and sliding the puck along the ice past Connor LaCouvee at the :57 mark of the opening period. However, goals from sophomore defenseman Edwin Hookenson and freshman forward Dallas Gerads staked the Mavericks to a 2-1 lead before the end of the opening period. Hookenson wired a shot from the point that beat a screened Nik DellaMaggiore high on the stick side at 10:50 and Gerads got his stick on a shot from the point by Reggie Lutz in deflecting the puck into the net for a power play marker at 15:21.

Minnesota State outshot Alaska by a 15-4 margin, but the neither team was able to find the back of the net in the middle stanza.

The Mavericks broke the game open by scoring three goals in a span of one minute and 53 seconds midway through the third period. Nick Rivera converted on a shorthanded breakaway chance at 5:43 with his eighth goal of the year making it a 3-1 Minnesota State lead. Freshman defenseman Connor Mackey jumped up into the play and after taking a nice feed from Jared Spooner, deposited the puck past DellaMaggiore for his fourth goal of the year at 6:08. Daniel Brickley tallied his tenth of the year when he ripped a shot from the top of the right circle at 7:36 with the Mavericks on the power play. Sophomore forward Marc Michaelis got his 18th goal of the year at 10:38, completing a tic, tac, toe passing sequence that included Parker Tuomie and Zeb Knutson. The power play marker, made it a 6-1 Minnesota State lead. Nanooks defenseman Zach Frye closed out the scoring in the game with a power play marker at 18:03.

Brickley and Rivera both finished with a goal and an assist in the game. Clint Lewis, Parker Tuomie and Zeb Knutson all finished with two assists.

Connor LaCouvee, who made his 13th consecutive start in goal, stopped 22 shots in the tie and now stands 22-3-1 with tonight's decision.

The Mavericks are now 28-7-1 overall and undefeated in their last 13 games.

The Mavericks will host a first-round WCHA best-of-three play-off series beginning next Friday in their next action with the opponent determined following Sunday's action.