Mankato takes WCHA sweep with shutout
MANKATO, Minn. – The Minnesota State Mavericks extended their winning streak to six games with a 3-0 shutout over the Alaska Anchorage Seawolves in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association game Saturday at the Verizon Wireless Center.
The Seawolves (3-7-4, 1-6-3 WCHA) were swept for the first time of the season, with the Mavericks (9-5-2, 7-5-0 WCHA) handing them their third shutout of the season. UAA currently sits 12th in the conference with five points, while MSU has 14 points after sweeping the last three series.
Following a scoreless opening stanza, the Mavericks opened the scoring with two second period tallies – Chase Grant at 1:51 and Eriah Hayes at 7:26. Grant’s goal went through traffic, beating a screened Chris Kamal, while Hayes’ strike was jugged in the crease before a Seawolf player jarred it in.
MSU would take a 3-0 lead with a power-play goal at 7:06 of the third off the stick of Zach Lehrke.
Kamal, from Alpharetta, Ga., made 32 saves in the loss for a 2-5-0 record, while Fairbanks' Stephan Williams – the two-time WCHA Rookie of the Week honoree – made 16 stops for the shutout. The Mavericks won the battle of the shots, 35-16.
UAA was whistled for four minor penalties, serving eight minutes in the box, while MSU picked up two penalties.
The Seawolves return to the Sullivan Arena, Dec. 14-15 for their final WCHA series of 2012. The games are scheduled to start at 7:07 p.m. AST both nights.