ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – No. 7 Minnesota State scored four third period goals to defeat Alaska Anchorage 5-2 Friday.
The Mavericks tied the game with its first of three power-play goals at 16:33 of the second. Parker Tuomie scored his sixth goal of the season on a low wrist shot.
Nils Rygaard scored his first goal of the season short-handed to give the Seawolves their second lead of the night at 1:27 of the third period.
Jake Jaremko tied the game for the Mavericks with the team’s second power-play goal at 6:38. Jaremko’s shot hit UAA goalie Olivier Mantha but had enough energy to trickle into the goal.
C.J. Suess netted the lone even strength goal of the evening for MSU at 11:35. The Mavericks won the faceoff in its own defensive end and found Suess on the breakaway.
“Obviously the goal on the powerplay squeaks in and ties it up,” said head coach Matt Thomas. “Then we lose the faceoff in our offensive zone and give up a breakaway goal. That was the dager.”
Ian Scheid scored the Mavericks third power-play goal at 16:34, and C.J. Suess scored the empty-netter with one minute remaining for his second goal of the game.
MSU finished 3-7 on the man-advantage and UAA was 1-4.
The Mavericks led 39-18 in shots.
Coach Thomas praised the play of Olivier Mantha who finished with 34 saves.
Alaska Anchorage (1-14-4, 1-9-3) and Minnesota State (15-6-0, 13-4-0) will close out the weekend series Saturday.