MANKATO, Minn. - Third-ranked Minnesota State dominated Alabama Huntsville Friday night in skating to a 10-0 win in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association contest played in Mankato.
The Mavericks tallied three goals in the first period, three in the second and added four more en route to scoring their most goals in a game since the 1997-98 season when they claimed an 11-1 win over Air Force.
Senior center Marc Michaelis, who returned to the lineup after missing seven games due to injury, found senior linemate Charlie Gerard in the slot and Gerard connected on a shot for his 13th goal of the year at 14:51 of the opening period. It became a 2-0 Maverick lead at 15:42 on a goal from sophomore winger Julian Napravnik and when senior defenseman Ian Scheid scored his second goal of the year at 18:31, Minnesota State took a 3-0 lead in to the locker room at the end of the first period.
Senior winger Parker Tuomie cashed in on a chance at 6:44 of the second period after taking a nice feed from Josh French and his 12th goal of the year made it a 4-0 Minnesota State lead. Freshman forward Lucas Sowder collected his fifth goal of the year at 12:37 after taking a pass from Charlie Gerard, who was behind the UAH net. Napravnik tallied a power play marker at 17:42 with his second goal of the game making it a 6-0 Maverick lead.
It became a 7-0 lead at 2:19 of the third when Andrew Carroll backhanded the puck into the net for his second goal of the season. Tuomie's second of the night, which came at 6:20, upped the score to 8-0. Michaelis tallied his team-high 17th of the year at 7:51 with the Mavericks on the power play. Junior forward Walker Duehr closed out the scoring in the game with his third goal of the season coming at the 16:52 mark.
With tonight's win sophomore netminder Dryden McKay, who finished with 11 stops, improves his record to 26-3-2. Tonight's shutout extends his single-season record to nine and his career record to 13.
Minnesota State outshot UAH by a 64-11 margin in the contest with the 64 shots on goal standing as the most by the Mavericks since they put 65 shots on goal vs. Alabama Huntsville Feb. 15, 2014.
Several Mavericks enjoyed multiple-point nights including Marc Michaelis (one goal, two assists), Parker Tuomie (two goals, one assist), Josh French (three assists), Nathan Smith (three assists), Julian Napravnik (two goals, one assist). Andrew Carroll (goal, assist), and Charlie Gerard (goal, assist).
The Mavericks, now with a 27-4-1 (21-3-0 WCHA) record, and the Chargers (2-23-6, 2-17-6 WCHA) close out the two-game league series Saturday with a 6:07 p.m. face-off scheduled for Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center.