MANKATO, Minn. - #3 Minnesota State, skating in its 2019-20 season-opener Friday night in Mankato, took control in the second period and never looked back in handing Arizona State a 4-1 loss at Mankato Civic Center.
The host Mavericks took an early advantage just over eight minutes into the contest when junior blueliner Riese Zmolek skated around ASU netminder Evan DeBrouwer and beat him stick side after receiving the puck from senior defense partner Ian Scheid. The Sun Devils evened up the score with 3:22 remaining in the opening stanza when junior winger Johnny Walker one-timed a shot from the left face-off circle past sophomore netminder Dryden McKay.
Minnesota State regained the lead on a power play goal in the second period. At the 18:29 minute mark in the period, junior winger Reggie Lutz found forward Julian Napravnik driving to the net and the sophomore from Bad Nauheim, Germany converted for his first goal of the year.
The Mavericks put the game out of reach in the final frame, scoring twice, both of which came off of the stick of senior forward Marc Michaelis. The second-year team captain tallied his eighth career shorthanded goal five minutes into the period after going five-hole on DeBrouwer from inside the left face-off circle. Michaelis is now one shorthanded goal away from tying the schoo's all-time record which established by Bryce Gervais, who scored nine shorties over the course of his career which ran from 2012-16. Michaelis' second goal came on a power play with 1:36 remaining.
Minnesota State sophomore goaltender Dryden McKay had 25 saves in the game for his first win of the season. The Mavericks outshot the Sun Devils by a 33-26 margin in the contest with MSU going two-for-six on the power play and ASU going zero-for-three with the man advantage.
Michaelis finished with two goals and team-high seven shots on goal. Scheid and freshman winger Lucas Sowder finished with two assists each in the win and Zmolek had a goal and an assist.
The Mavericks and Sun Devils will square-off again tomorrow at Mankato Civic Center with face-off scheduled for 6:07 p.m.