Mankato, Minn. --- Minnesota State beat Ferris State 3-1 Saturday in claiming the Western Collegiate Hockey Association best-of-three first round series, two games to one.
The host Mavericks, who downed the Bulldogs 3-0 yesterday, never trailed in today's contest, scoring once in the second period and adding two more in the third.
The game stood tied 0-0 after the first 20 minutes of action before Walker Duehr took a pass from Jared Spooner and rifled a shot over the right shoulder of Roni Salmenkangas at 9:03 of the second period to put the Mavericks up 1-0. The goal is the ninth of the year for Duehr and his fifth in the last seven games.
Junior center Sam Morton's shot along the ice beat Salmengangas at 2:19 of the third period and his fourth goal of the year made it a 2-0 Minnesota State lead. The Bulldogs got on the board at the 13-minute mark when Marshall Moise capitalized on a power play chance with a shot from right in front of the net. The Mavericks closed out the scoring in the game with freshman defenseman Jake Livingstone tallied an empty-netter at the 19:15. The goal is the fourth of the year for the first-year blueliner.
Minnesota State was scoreless in two power play chances in the game and owned a 31-24 advantage in shots on goal.
Dryden McKay, who finished with 23 saves, upped his record on the year to 19-2-0 with the win.
The victory gives the Mavericks a 20-3-0 mark for the 2020-21 season. Minnesota State has now won at least 20 games in a season in nine straight seasons under the guidance of head coach Mike Hastings.
As the #1 seed in the league postseason tournament , Minnesota State will host the WCHA semi-finals and championship game next Friday and Saturday. Times and matchups for the games will be announced Sunday.