Minnesota State Shuts Out Alaska, 3-0
Freshman forward Parker Tuomie scores two goals for Mavericks

Freshman forward Parker Tuomie scored two goals for the Mavericks
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 2:05  MNS1-0 EV GW Sean Flanagan (5)Carter Foguth/4, Zach Stepan/7
1st 12:47  MNS2-0 PP Parker Tuomie (7)Michael Huntebrinker/18, Sean Flanagan/10
2nd 15:15  MNS3-0 EV Parker Tuomie (8)Jordan Nelson/8, Sean Flanagan/11
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Alaska  0000
Minnesota State  2103
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Alaska  89623
Minnesota State  1214733
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Alaska (12-19-4)  0/5 5/18 0
Minnesota State (20-11-4)  1/3 6/12 0
Alaska Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Davis Jones (L, 6-10-3)60:003 1013730
Minnesota State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Jason Pawloski (W, 6-3-2)60:000 89623

Mankato, Minn. --- Minnesota State men's hockey defeated Alaska 3-0 in Western Collegiate Hockey Association first round play-off action in Mankato Friday. The Mavericks started the action quickly against the Nanooks, scoring within the opening three minutes.

Senior defensemen Sean Flanagan fired a shot from the blue line finding net, just over the shoulder of the Alaska goaltender Davis Jones, to give the Mavericks a 1-0 lead at the 2:05 mark. Flanagan's goal was his fifth of the season. Minnesota State capitalized on a power play chance at 12:47 when freshman winger Parker Tuomie scored his seventh goal of the season after his initial shot was blocked, but gathered in the rebound for the set-up.

The Mavericks continued their offensive pressure into the second, outshooting the Nanooks by a 14-9 margin mid-way through the period. Sophomore netminder Jason Pawloski and the Mavericks successfully defended a 5-on-3 Alaska power play with six minutes left in the second period to keep the visitors scoreless. Tuomie upped the lead to 3-0 and scored his second goal of the game at 15:15 after splitting two defenders and unleashing a wrister from the slot.

Minnesota State and Alaska played a scoreless third period. The Mavericks and the Nanooks traded power plays throughout the period and played 4-on-4 hockey early in the third. Minnesota State was able to defend its lead in the final 20:00 of play to preserve Pawloski's shutout and defeat Alaska 3-0 for its first play-off win of the season.

Minnesota State, which was 1-for-3 on the power play, put 33 shots on goal in the contest. The Nanooks were 0-for-5 with the man advantage.

Pawloski was credited with 23 saves in the game in bringing his record to 6-3-2 on the year.

The Mavericks are 20-11-4 overall on the season.

The two teams square-off again at Verizon Wireless Center on Saturday at 7:07 p.m.