ANCHORAGE - The No. 14-ranked Minnesota State Mavericks picked up a 4-0 Western Collegiate Hockey Association win over the Alaska Anchorage Seawolves on Saturday evening in front of 2,379 fans at the Sullivan Arena.
The Mavericks used a goal in the first and three in the second for the win, improving to 15-8-3 overall and 9-8-1 in league play. The Seawolves fell to 3-14-5 and 1-13-4 in the conference.
For the second straight evening, the Mavericks scored first when they converted on a 5-on-3 power-play tally at 6:46 of the opening stanza. Matt Leitner was able to get by goaltender Chris Kamal on a pass from Eriah Hayes. The Seawolves had a chance to tie the game on a shot by junior Matt Bailey, but the goal was called back when the officials ruled that senior Chris Crowell's skate was in the crease.
Following the first intermission, the Mavericks outshot UAA 14-3 and capitalized on three opportunities for a four-goal lead going into the final frame. A goal by Evan Mosey at 10:30 sandwiched between two Zach Palmquist tallies at 7:00 and 17:51, respectively.
Both teams were scoreless in the third, giving Minnesota State three points in the WCHA weekend series.
Kamal, from Alpharetta, Ga., made 24 stops in the loss, while Stephon Williams made 18 and improved to 12-6-2 on the season. The Mavericks were 2-for-4 on the man advantage, while UAA went scoreless on six attempts.
The Seawolves will hit the road and travel to Madison, Wis., to face the Badgers for the second time this month in a WCHA tilt, Jan. 25-26. Friday's game is slated for 4:07 p.m. AST, while Saturday's game is scheduled to start an hour later.