Minnesota State Tops US Under-18 Team In Exhibition, 5-3
Connor Mackey, Reggie Lutz and Josh French each record goal and assist for Mavericks

Freshman defenseman Connor Mackey had a goal and an assist for the Mavericks
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 3:30  MNS1-0 EV Connor MackeyJake Jaremko, Zeb Knutson
1st 14:26  U181-1 EV Oliver WahlstromJoel Farabee, Mattias Samuelsson
1st 15:05  MNS2-1 EV Reggie LutzJosh French, Clint Lewis
2nd 5:37  U182-2 EV Oliver WahlstromMattias Samuelsson
2nd 7:52  MNS3-2 PP Marc MichaelisConnor Mackey, Parker Tuomie
2nd 13:40  MNS4-2 EV GW Jared Spooner -
2nd 14:58  MNS5-2 EV Josh FrenchReggie Lutz, Riese Zmolek
3rd 6:51  U183-5 EV Tyler WeissMattias Samuelsson
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
USA Under-18 Team  1113
Minnesota State  2305
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
USA Under-18 Team  68620
Minnesota State  1212832
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
USA Under-18 Team  0/2 6/23 0
Minnesota State  1/4 4/16 0
USA Under-18 Team Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Drew DeRidder (L)57:545 109827
Empty Net2:060     
Minnesota State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Jason Pawloski (W)60:003 57517

Mankato, Minn. --- In an exhibition game between seventh-rated Minnesota State and the USA Hockey NTDP U18s in Mankato Saturday, it was host Mavericks earning a 5-3 victory.

The Mavericks outshot the U18s by a 12-6 margin in the first period and built a 2-1 lead in the process. Defenseman Connor Mackey ripped a shot that beat Drew DeRidder stickside at 3:30. But an Oliver Wahlstrom tally at 14:26 knotted the score at 1-1. The Mavericks responded less than a minute later when Reggie Lutz deflected a shot from Josh French past DeRidder at 15:05.

Wahlstrom evened it at 2-2 on a goal where he used a Maverick defenseman as a screen before ripping a shot over Jason Pawloski's right shoulder at 5:37 of the second frame. Mackey had a hand in Minnesota State's third goal when his shot was deflected by Marc Michaelis into the net at 7:52 for a power play marker that allowed the Mavericks to regain their one-goal lead. Jared Spooner's wrister found the back of the net at 13:40 in giving the Mavericks a 4-2 lead. Then at 14:58, French collected a rebound and lifted the puck past DeRidder to make it a 5-2 Minnesota State advantage.

Tyler Weis fired a shot that leaked through Pawloski's pads at 6:51 of the final period to close out the scoring.

Pawloski, who stopped 27 shots in the contest, was credited with the win. Mackey, French and Lutz all ended the contest with two points with the trio each contributing a goal and an assist.

This was the fourth meeting between Minnesota State and the USA Hockey NTDP U18s and the Mavericks now own an all-time record of 2-0-2 in the series.

Minnesota State, which stands 19-7-0 for 2017-18, continues home action next weekend with WCHA-foe Alaska Anchorage visiting Mankato for a two-game series set for Friday and Saturday.