Sunday, February 5, 2017

Mavericks 5, Seawolves 0

Minnesota State bounced back on Saturday night, defeating Alaska Anchorage 4-0 for a WCHA series split.

Junior forward Zeb Knutson scored two goals for the Mavericks.

Aaron Nelson got the start in goal after sitting out the last three games and faced just 13 shots for the shutout, his second of the season. The Mavericks put 27 shots on goal.

Michael Huntebrinker finished with a goal and two assists. Brad McClure and C.J. Franklin scored MSU’s other goals.

The Mavericks got off to a strong start, something they hadn’t done in their previous four games, and scored two goals.

Knutson got things started at 6:45, getting assists from Huntebrinker and Zach Stepan. McClure made it 2-0 at 15:34 on assists from Marc Michaelis and Ian Scheid.

Knutson extended the lead to three goals at 11:33 of the second period with Huntebrinker assisting.

Anchorage, desperate to get on the board, pulled goalie Olivier Mantha during a power play with 7:20 remaining in the game. However, Franklin scored a short-handed goal into the empty net to all but ice the MSU win.

Max Coatta and Sean Flanagan had assists. Huntebrinker added a power-play goal from Carter Fought and Clint Lewis with 2:22 to play.

The victory firmed up Minnesota State’s third-place position in the WCHA standings. The Mavericks (16-10-4, 12-8-4 in WCHA) are four points ahead of Bowling Green, which was swept at home by Northern Michigan over the weekend, and have two games in hand on the Falcons. They are six points behind Michigan Tech, which was swept in a series at first-place Bemidji State.

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