Mankato, Minn. --- #18 Lake Superior State scored a first-period goal that stood up the rest of the way as the visiting Lakers downed #6/7 Minnesota State 1-0 in Western Collegiate Hockey Association action Saturday in Mankato, Minn.
Sophomore netminder Mareks Mittens had some big stops in the contest for Lake Superior State in earning the shutout with the win giving the Mavericks their first loss at home in 2018-19. The setback also ended a six-game unbeaten streak for Minnesota State.
The Mavericks owned a 9-5 edge in shots on goal after the first period of play, but it was the visitors that led on the scoreboard. Lake Superior State scored an even strength marker when Pete Veillette went top shelf to beat Dryden McKay on a breakaway chance at 8:05 of the opening frame.
Minnesota State outshot the Lakers 9-5 in the second period and owned an 11-1 advantage in the final period, but could not solve Mittens and Veillette's goal held up as the game-winner.
Freshman Dryden McKay, who has started 13 of the last 14 games for Minnesota State, had ten saves in the loss and now stands 12-5-1 for the season. The Mavericks, who were zero-for-three in power play chances in the contest, outshot the Lakers by a 29-11 margin.
The Mavericks, who stand atop the WCHA standings with 42 points on a 14-4-0 league mark now stand 12-1-0 in home contests for the year. Minnesota State owns a 19-6-1 overall record for 2018-19.
Minnesota State continues WCHA action next weekend with a two-game road series at Northern Michigan scheduled for Friday and Saturday in Marquette, Mich.