BIG RAPIDS, Mich. – A two-goal game by Corey Mackin helped the Ferris State Bulldogs to the Western Collegiate Hockey Association sweep at the Ewigleben Arena with a 3-0 shutout of the Alaska Anchorage Seawolves on Saturday.
Despite excellent goaltending from junior Olivier Mantha, the Seawolves failed to pick up any of the much-need WCHA points this weekend, dropping both contests in Michigan. The Seawolves continue to be at the bottom of the standings with 26 points and will need to win both games next weekend against Alaska Fairbanks in order to have a chance at qualifying for the WCHA First Round.
Stopping 87 shots throughout the two games for a .945 save percentage was Mantha. Giving the Seawolves a chance to win both games, Mantha made 50 saves tonight, after turning aside 37 from Friday. The 50 saves is just three short of his career high – 53 – registered earlier this season against Penn State. The La Tuque, Quebec, native – who now has a .915 save percentage and a 2.78 goals-against average – even prevented Mackin from a hat trick late in the game when he went on a breakaway.
The shot discrepancy from last night carried over to tonight’s game as well. After being out shot 39-11 last evening, the Seawolves were out shot 53-23 tonight. UAA, which was susceptible to flu symptoms all week, mustered just three shots in the first and eight in the second before adding 12 in the third.
Meanwhile, the Bulldogs captured a 2-0 lead in the opening stanza with Mackin’s two strikes. Mackin first scored at 7:40, before extending the lead at 15:23. Gerald Mayhew assisted on both plays. FSU’s Mitch Maloney wrapped up the scoring with an empty-net tally at 19:26 of the third.
The Seawolves host in-state rival UAF for Games 3-4 of the Alaska Airlines Governor’s Cup, Feb. 24-25 at the Sullivan Arena. The series also doubles at Scout Weekend – all Boy’s and Girl’s Scouts get in free with uniform. Also, Saturday’s game is Senior Night.