Mankato, Minn. --- #6 Minnesota State completed the sweep with a 4-0 shutout victory over Alabama-Huntsville in Western Collegiate Hockey Association action Saturday at Verizon Center.
The Mavericks improved to a 23-6-1 record on the season and stay on top of the WCHA standings with a 17-4-0 mark in league play.
Minnesota State got on the board early as freshman winger Chris Van Os-Shaw scored his second goal in as many nights on a play in front of the net where he was able to gather the puck before depositing it into the net at the 2:34 mark in the first period.
The Mavericks, who owned a 13-1 shot advantage in the opening stanza, were able to light the lamp three more times in the second period with the first coming at the 2:12 mark when sophomore forward Jake Jaremko scored his fourth goal of the season. Mark Sinclair, the UAH netminder, played the puck behind the net, but Jaremko stole it and scored on the open net. Freshman winger Julian Napravnik scored on a power play for his seventh goal of the season at the 13:23 mark when he fired a wrister from just beyond the left face-off circle. Then, with less than a minute left in the period, junior forward Josh French received a pass behind the net and wrapped the puck around the pipe before Sinclair could slide over. French's seventh goal of the season gave the Mavericks a 4-0 lead after 40 minutes of play.
The third period went scoreless as the Mavericks held a 35-12 shot on goal advantage at the end of the game. MSU also went one-for-five with the man advantage in the game.
Freshman Dryden McKay earned his third shutout of the season while turning away 12 shots and upping his record to16-5-1 on the season.
Minnesota State, which has won 8-2-1 in its last 11 contests, travels to Houghton, Mich., next weekend to take on Michigan Tech in a Friday and Saturday league series in its next action.