Mankato, Minn. --- Junior center Marc Michaelis had three points and freshman goaltender Dryden McKay stopped every shot he faced as #3 Minnesota State downed Alaska Anchorage 6-1 in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association game played in Mankato Saturday.
Junior winger Parker Tuomie found himself all along at the side of the net after taking a pass from Ian Scheid and made no mistake in beating UAA netminder Kristian Stead at 5:21 of the opening period and the Mavericks were off to the races. Freshman Shane McMahan stepped out of the penalty box and executed a give-and-go with Nick Rivera before roofing a shot past Stead for the first goal of his career at 16:06 and Josh French scored his fourth goal of the season at 19:32 to give Minnesota State a 3-0 lead after 20 minutes of action.
Junior Charlie Gerard got his sixth goal of the year at 3:06 of the second period and junior center Marc Michaelis scored goals back-to-back, an even-strength goal at 5:41 and a power play marker at 8:45 and at the end of two periods of play.
The two teams skated through a scoreless third period as the Mavericks closed out the 6-0 victory.
Freshman Dryden McKay, who made his eighth start of the year, stopped all 12 shots he faced in earning his second shutout of the season. Tonight's win ups his record for the season to 7-2-0.
The Mavericks outshot the Seawolves by a 58-12 margin in the game. The 58 shots are the most by Minnesota State since March 13, 2015 when Lake Superior State faced 59 shots from the Mavericks.
Michaelis finished with two goals and an assist in the game and now has 11 goals and 10 assists for 21 points in 16 games this year. Connor Mackey, Nick Rivera and Ian Scheid all contributed two assists in the contest and Gerard and Tuomie both had a goal and an assist.
With tonight's victory the Mavericks are 14-2-0 (9-1-0 WCHA) on the season. Minnesota State stands a perfect 9-0-0 in games played at Verizon Center this year.
Minnesota State completes its pre-Holiday schedule with a road league series at Bowling Green next Friday and Saturday.