Mankato, Minn. --- #6 Minnesota State scored five times in the third period in cruising to a 6-1 victory over Alabama Huntsville in Western Collegiate Hockey Association action Friday at Verizon Center.
The win, Minnesota State's eight in the last nine games, gives the Mavericks a 22-6-1 record (17-4-0 WCHA) on the season.
The Mavericks broke through first 3:21 into the first period when junior blueliner Edwin Hookenson scored his third goal of the season. Hookenson gathered the free puck near the blue line on the right side and fired a wrister that snuck between the pads of Chargers' senior netminder Jake Theut.
After a scoreless second period, Minnesota State extended its lead to 2-0 2:08 into the third period with freshman winger Julian Napravnik scoring his sixth goal of the season. Freshman winger Chris Van Os-Shaw found Napravnik on the backdoor and Napravnik make no mistake in putting the puck into the net. It became a 3-0 lead less than a minute later when sophomore defenseman Connor Mackey connected on his fourth goal of the season. After the initial save, the puck trickled into the center of the ice and Mackey fired it past Theut to light the lamp. Junior blueliner Ian Scheid scored his fourth goal of the season at the 10:29 mark when he drove to the net on the left side and beat the outstretched Theut to the opposite side, while playing 4x4 hockey. The Mavericks scored their fourth goal of the period a minute later when junior winger Parker Tuomie scored his 11th of the season. Sophomore forward Jake Jaremko threw a no look pass from the left side to find Tuomie streaking on the right side of the net. Alabama-Huntsville scored its first goal of the game with senior blueliner Kurt Gosselin connecting on a power play opportunity at the 16:56 mark. The Mavericks answered with their own power play goal, and the final goal of the game, a minute later by Van Os-Shaw. Sophomore defenseman Jack McNeely found Van Os-Shaw right in front of the crease for his first collegiate goal.
Freshman Dryden McKay started his 11th straight game for the Mavericks and saved 14 shots, while moving to 15-5-1 on the season. The Mavericks went one-for-three on the power play and outshot the Chargers 43-15.
Enjoying multiple-point games for the Mavericks were Connor Mackey (1 G, 1 A), Jack McNeely (2 assists), Julian Napravnik (1 G, 1A) and Chris Van Os-Shaw (1 G, 1 A).
Minnesota State and Alabama-Huntsville will square off in the series finale Saturday at 7:07 p.m.