Huntsville, Ala. --- Mix a stifling defense with a potent power play and it added up to a 5-0 win as third-ranked Minnesota State rolled to a Western Collegiate Hockey Association road win at Alabama Huntsville Friday night.
Senior forward Todd Burgess scored twice for the Mavericks, who upped their record to 13-2-1 overall and 10-0-0 WCHA with the victory.
Junior goaltender Dryden McKay, who entered the weekend leading the country in goals against average, save percentage, winning percentage and shutouts, stopped all 16 shots in the game to pick up his eighth shutout of the year. The Downers Grove, Ill., native ranks second all-time in NCAA DI men's hockey history with 22 career shutouts.
The visiting Mavericks led 1-0 at the end of the first period on a goal by senior wing Dallas Gerads that came at the 12:55 mark, just after a Minnesota State power play had expired.
As was this case with Thursday's 4-1 win, the second period proved key with the Mavericks scoring four times in the middle frame tonight. Sophomore forward Ryan Sandelin wired a shot on the off wing after taking a nice backhanded pass from Ondrej Pavel at 6:23 to make it a 2-0 lead. Less than two minutes later Burgess found a bouncing puck in front of the UAH net to make it 3-0 and then tallied again at 10:03, with his fourth goal of the season coming on the power play. Junior forward Julian Napravnik took a nice feed from Nathan Smith and put a shot into the net for a power play goal at 17:46 and it was a 5-0 Minnesota State lead at the end of the second period.
The Mavericks outshot the Chargers by a 10-5 margin in the third period, but neither team were able to score.
The Mavericks, who entered the game leading the country in power play percentage with a 31.6% mark, converted on two-of-five chances with the man advantage in the game.
Senior center Jake Jaremko, who had two assists, and Napravnik, who had a goal and an assist, joined Burgess as Mavericks with multiple points in the contest.
McKay, who now owns the WCHA record for career shutouts overall (22) and in WCHA games (17), upped his record to 13-1-0 for the year with tonight's win.
Next action for the Mavericks is next Friday and Saturday with a league road trip at Ferris State looming.