Mankato, Minn. --- #4 Minnesota State's 4-1 win in the second game of a best-of-three Western Collegiate Hockey Association first round series with Alabama Huntsville Saturday at Verizon Center, gave the host Mavericks the series sweep.
Minnesota State (29-7-2), which won its seventh consecutive WCHA first round series with the sweep over Alabama-Huntsville, dating back to the 2012-13 season, will host a to-be-determined opponent in the best-of-three second round beginning next Friday.
Offensively, the Mavericks scored the first four goals of the game with first coming on the power play after the Chargers committed a high-sticking penalty 15 seconds into the game. At the 1:44 mark, sophomore winger Reggie Lutz took a shot just below the right dot and beat sophomore netminder Mark Sinclair to the low right corner for his fifth goal of the season. Minnesota State extended its lead to 2-0 at the 8:57 mark after Charlie Gerard found Parker Tuomie on a cross-ice pass on the left side of the crease and Tuomie converted for his 14th goal of the year.
A pair of goals by the Mavericks in the second period, which came less than a minute apart, made it a 4-0 game heading into the second intermission. Sophomore center Jake Jaremko skated down the middle of the ice and found Lutz crashing the right corner of the net and the Elk River, Minn., native cashed in for his sixth goal of the season. Junior captain Marc Michaelis's one-timer from the top of the right circle, off off a Tuomie pass, was his 19th goal of the season and third in the series.
The Chargers scored the lone goal in the final period as senior center Adam Wilcox received a pass in front of the net from behind the red line and put it over freshman netminder Dryden McKay as he was reaching for his stick at the 10:16 mark.
McKay made 18 saves in the clincher and improves his record to 21-6-2 on the season. The Mavericks, who are now 18-1-0 at home for the year (the previous best was 16-1-0 in 2017-18 and 2013-14), outshot the Chargers 31-19.
Tuomie finished the night collecting a goal and an assist, while Jaremko assisted on both power play goals.