2019-20 WCHA Game Recap

Senior forward Nicholas Rivera scored two goals for the Mavericks
Rivera Leads Minnesota State To 3-1 Win Over Alaska
Senior forward Nicholas Rivera scored two goals for the Mavericks

Mankato, Minn. --- A pair of goals from senior winger Nick Rivera helped lift third-ranked Minnesota State to a 3-1 win over the University of Alaska in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association game played in Mankato Saturday.

The score stood 0-0 after the first 2-0 minutes of action, a period in which the Mavericks owned an 8-5 advantage in shots on goal.

Senior captain Nick Rivera, forechecking while the Mavericks were shorthanded, found a loose puck behind the Alaska goal and proceeded to score on a wraparound attempt at 16:22 to give Minnesota State a 1-0 lead. The goal is the fifth shorthanded goal of Rivera's career.

Junior winger Reggie Lutz wired a shot past Anton Martinsson for his career-high eighth goal of the year at 10:47 of the third in giving Minnesota State a two-goal cushion. The visiting Nanooks pulled within one at 12:36 on an even-strength goal by Anti Virtannen, but an empty-net tally by Rivera at 19:10 secured the win for the Mavericks.

Sophomore netminder Dryden McKay, who stopped 15 shots, upped his record to 17-2-1 with tonight's win. Both teams were zero-for-four in power play chances and the game was playing in front of 4,065 fans.

The Mavericks, now 18-3-1 overall and 13-2-0 WCHA and winners of 13 of their last 15 games, continue WCHA action next weekend with a road series at Ferris State.

Game Summary

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Game statistics
16 Shots 24
0 / 4 Power Plays 0 / 4
9 / 29 PIM 8 / 16
10-12-0 Records 18-3-1
Alaska Minnesota State
Nicholas Rivera (2)
2nd/16:22 SH
Reggie Lutz (8)
3rd/10:47  GW
Antti Virtanen (1)
Nicholas Rivera (3)
3rd/19:10  EN
Alaska Minnesota State
Anton Martinsson
58:21, 21 Saves, 2 GA
(L, 5-8-0)

Empty Net
1:39, 1 GA
Dryden McKay
60:00, 15 Saves, 1 GA
(W, 17-2-1)