Minnesota State Skates Past Alaska, 7-1
Freshman forward Nicholas Rivera and sophomore defenseman Daniel Brickley record three points apiece for Mavericks

Sophomore defenseman Daniel Brickley had three assists for the Mavericks
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 7:57  MNS1-0 EV Max Coatta (2)Nicholas Rivera/2, Daniel Brickley/7
1st 11:00  MNS2-0 EV GW Nicholas Rivera (1)Jordan Nelson/3
1st 18:16  MNS3-0 EV Marc Michaelis (2)Zeb Knutson/2, Daniel Brickley/8
2nd 1:52  MNS4-0 PP Alec Vanko (1)Sean Flanagan/1, Zeb Knutson/3
2nd 12:49  MNS5-0 EV Nicholas Rivera (2)Max Coatta/2
3rd 0:41  AKF1-5 SH Austin Vieth (2)Zach Frye/2, Brandon Morley/3
3rd 4:28  MNS6-1 PP Marc Michaelis (3)Ian Scheid/3, Brad McClure/3
3rd 7:37  MNS7-1 PP Ian Scheid (1)Daniel Brickley/9
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Minnesota State  3227
Alaska  0011
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Minnesota State  16121745
Alaska  63716
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Minnesota State (5-0-0)  3/8 3/6 0
Alaska (1-4-0)  0/3 8/16 1
Minnesota State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Cole Huggins (W, 5-0-0)60:001 63615
Alaska Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Davis Jones (L, 1-2-0)32:495 137020
Jesse Jenks27:112 031518

FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The Alaska Nanooks hockey opened conference play with a loss to the #9th-ranked Minnesota State Mavericks on Friday night, falling to 7-1 at the Patty Ice Arena. Alaska drops to a 1-4-0 overall record and 0-1-0 in Western Collegiate Hockey Association play, while the Mavericks improve to 5-0-0 overall and 3-0-0 in conference games.

"Obviously, tonight's game was a tough one to swallow. We talked about it before the game that we need to play smart by minimizing odd-man rushes and power play opportunities, because they are a skilled team and we gave them too many advantages tonight," head coach Dallas Ferguson said following Friday's game. "Against good teams like that, you have to make your margin of error very minimal. We got behind early and couldn't quite get anything going after that. One good thing from tonight was our first seven to eight minutes, we had a lot of energy and hit a couple posts, but would it have changes the landscape of the game overall? Maybe, but not many positives in a 7-1 loss but we've got to reset and get it going tomorrow."

Junior forward Austin Vieth scored the lone goal the for Nanooks, marking his second goal of the season and first shorthanded goal of his career. Forty-one seconds into the third period, Vieth hopped on the ice and caught a pass through the neutral zone, sending him on a two-on-two into the Mavericks zone. Vieth used the Mankato defenseman as a screen before shooting the puck on net to give Alaska their only goal of the night. Junior defenseman Zach Frye was awarded the assist.

Despite the Nanooks coming out with plenty of energy and hitting two posts within the first ten minutes of the game, Mankato scored three goals in the second half of the first period to go into intermission with the lead. Mankato's Max Coatta, Nicholas Rivera and Marc Michaelis combined for the three first-period goals.

MSU's Alec Vanko gave the Mavericks a 4-0 lead off of a power play at the 1:52 mark, before Rivera struck again at the 12:49 mark to make it 5-0 going into the second intermission.

Despite Vieth's third period goal at the 00:41 second mark, Mankato tacked on two more goals, both on the power play, to capture the three WCHA points with a final score of 7-1.

The Nanooks were outshot 45-16 on the night, with senior goaltender Davis Jones recording 20 saves, including 13 in the first period, before sophomore goaltender Jesse Jenks came in for relief, collecting 18 saves. On the other end of the ice, Mankato's Cole Huggins tallied 15 saves.

The Alaska Nanooks hockey team returns to the Patty Ice Arena tomorrow (Oct.. 22) for another WCHA conference matchup against the #9 Minnesota State Mavericks at 7:07pm AKT.