MANKATO, MINN. – The University of Alaska Anchorage’s rally came up short Saturday in a 4-3 loss at No. 7 Minnesota State.
Austin Azurdia scored his team-leading 10th goal of the game on the powerplay to give the Seawolves an early 1-0 lead at 6:17 of the first period. Aaron McPheters and Nicolas Erb-Ekholm assisted on the goal.
The Mavericks tied the game at 1-1 less than a minute later when Nicolas Rivera scored at 7:34.
Jake Jaremko gave MSU its first lead of the game with a power-play goal at 13:02.
MSU extended its lead to 4-1 with goals at 3:06 and 5:38 of the second period.
UAA pulled goaltender Brody Claeys for the extra attacker and it paid off with Austin Azurdia scoring his second goal of the game at 19:04 of the third. Jarrett Brown and Jonah Renouf each assisted on the goal.
Claeys finished with 42 saves and four goals against in his first career start for the Seawolves.
“We competed hard tonight and for 60 minutes which was the issue on Friday,” said head coach Matt Thomas. “Claeys was outstanding. I was proud of the way he played and the effort from our team till the final buzzer.”
MSU outshot UAA 46-18.
Alaska Anchorage will host Lake Superior State Feb. 9-10.