2020-21 WCHA Game Recap

Junior goaltender Dryden McKay made 25 saves for the Mavericks
Minnesota State Edges Past Michigan Tech, 2-1
Junior goaltender Dryden McKay made 25 saves for the Mavericks

Mankato, Minn. --- Fourth-ranked Minnesota State jumped out to a 2-0 first-period lead and didn't trail the rest of the way en route to a 2-1 home win over #19 Michigan Tech Friday night.

The host Mavericks are now 17-3-1 on the year and raised their Western Collegiate Hockey Association record to 12-1-0 with the victory.

On a play that started deep in its own zone when freshman Akito Hirose passed to his senior defense partner Jack McNeely, Sam Morton finished off a partial breakaway after the puck was one-touched by Ryan Sandelin at the 13-minute mark. The goal is the third of the year for Morton. Sophomore center Nathan Smith was credited with the second Mavericks goal after a pass from Walker Duehr bounced off him past Blake Pietila at 15:43 and after the first 20 minutes action Minnesota State led 2-0.

Following a scoreless second period in which the Mavericks outshot the Huskies by a 15-7 margin, Tech pushed back early in the third period. Trenton Bliss one-timed a pass from Arvid Caderoth past Dryden McKay for a power play marker at the 0:33 mark to make it 2-1 and the score remained that way for the rest of the game.

The Mavericks went scoreless in two power play chances in the game, while the Huskies were one-for-four. Minnesota State outshot the Huskies by a 35-26 margin and McKay, who stopped 25 shots, upped his record on the year to 16-2-0 mark for the year with the win.

The two teams close out the regular season tomorrow with a 6:07 p.m. face-off scheduled for Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center.

Game Summary

Friday, March 5, 2021

Game statistics
26 Shots 35
1 / 4 Power Plays 0 / 2
3 / 6 PIM 5 / 10
17-9-1 Records 17-3-1
Michigan Tech Minnesota State
Sam Morton (3)
Nathan Smith (5)
1st/15:43  GW
Trenton Bliss (12)
3rd/0:33 PP
Michigan Tech Minnesota State
Blake Pietila
57:51, 33 Saves, 2 GA
(L, 14-6-0)

Empty Net
2:09, 0 GA
Dryden McKay
60:00, 25 Saves, 1 GA
(W, 16-2-0)