2018-19 WCHA Game Recap

Sophomore defenseman Connor Mackey registered two assists for the Mavericks
Minnesota State Sweeps Weekend With 3-1 Win Over Bemidji State
Sophomore defenseman Connor Mackey registered two assists for the Mavericks

Mankato, Minn. --- #4 Minnesota State got goals from three different players in skating past Bemidji State, 3-1, in Western Collegiate Hockey Association action Saturday night at Verizon Center in downtown Mankato.

The win, which closes out the 2018-19 regular season for the Mavericks, gives the Mavericks a 27-7-2 overall mark and league-best record of 22-5-1.

The Mavericks scored first when junior center Marc Michaelis, taking advantage of a fortuitous bounce that saw the puck rebound off of a an official's skate, found Charlie Gerard in the slot and the junior buried it for his tenth goal of the year at 4:22 of the opening frame in staking the Mavericks to a 1-0 lead.

A pair of second-period markers extended the lead to 3-0. Junior captain Nick Rivera tallied his fourth career shorthanded goal at 3:44 and when sophomore forward Walker Duehr wired a shot past Zach Driscoll at 5:46, Bemidji State replaced netminder Zach Driscoll with Henry Johnson.

Bemidji State pulled within two at 7:45 of the third period when Aaron Miller's shot from the right circle deflected off a body past Mathias Israelsson to close out scoring in the game.

Israelsson, who started for the first time since Dec. 15, was credited with 22 saves and now stands 8-1-0 for the season. The Mavericks trailed the Beavers in terms of shots on goal in the contest 23-19.

Sophomore defenseman Connor Mackey finished the game with two assists, had a blocked shot and a +2 rating.

The Mavericks, who have claimed their fourth WCHA regular-season title in the past five years, host Alabama-Huntsville in the first round of the WCHA play-offs, beginning the best-of-three series Friday in Mankato.

Game Summary

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Game statistics
23 Shots 19
0 / 4 Power Plays 0 / 1
1 / 2 PIM 4 / 8
15-15-6 Records 27-7-2
Bemidji State Minnesota State
Charlie Gerard (10)
Nicholas Rivera (8)
2nd/3:44 SH GW
Walker Duehr (8)
Aaron Miller (11)
Bemidji State Minnesota State
Zach Driscoll
25:46, 11 Saves, 3 GA
(L, 10-9-4)

Henry Johnson
31:44, 5 Saves, 0 GA

Empty Net
2:30, 0 GA
Mathias Israelsson
60:00, 22 Saves, 1 GA
(W, 8-1-0)