Mankato, Minn. --- Third-ranked Minnesota State began the New Year with a bang, getting three points from senior center Marc Michaelis in forging a 4-0 win over the University of Alaska in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association game played in Mankato Friday.
The Mavericks, who outshot the visiting Nanooks by a 12-5 margin in the first 20 minutes of the game, took a 1-0 lead when senior defenseman Edwin Hookenson, eyeing a juicy rebound, jumped up from his blue line position and snapped home his third goal of the season at the 18:19 mark. Hookenson's tally marked the 18th time this year (in 21 games) that the Mavericks have scored the game's first goal.
After a scoreless middle period that saw the Mavericks outshoot the Nanooks 13-2, senior captain Marc Michaelis cashed in on a rebound chance with Minnesota State on the power play at 1:12 of the final period. Michaelis followed up shortly thereafter with his second goal of the game and 13th of the season on a shot that trickled through Anton Martinsson's pads at 6:21 in making it a 3-0 Maverick lead. Senior forward Parker Tuomie got his stick on a shot/pass from Michaelis at 15:41 as Minnesota State capitalized on power play opportunity in building its lead to 4-0.
Michaelis finished the game with three points on a pair of goals and an assist and with 141 career points (64-80-141), has moved into a tie for third on Minnesota State's career scoring list.
Tuomie registered two points on a goal and an assist in tonight's game and Edwin Hookenson's goal is his second career game-winning goal.
Sophomore netminder Dryden McKay stopped all seven shots he faced in picking up his sixth shutout of the year and the tenth of his career. The Downers Grove, Ill., native has moved into tie for the school record for single-season shutouts and is tied for second all-time on the school's career list.
Minnesota State, which did not allow a shot on goal in the third period, outshot Alaska by a 37-7 margin in the contest. The seven shots on goal by the Nanooks are the second-least the Mavericks have ever allowed in a game. (Alaska had six shots on goal vs. Minnesota State, Oct. 25, 2018).
With the win, head coach Mike Hastings has reached the 200-win plateau for his eight-year Minnesota State career and stands 200-83-22 during his time behind the Maverick bench. No team in the country has won more games over the course of the last eight seasons.
The Mavericks, now 17-3-1 overall and 11-2-0 WCHA and winners of 12 of their last 14 games, close out the two-game league series with the Nanooks with a 6:07 p.m. face-off scheduled.