2020-21 WCHA Game Recap



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Junior forward Sam Morton scored the game-winning goal for the Mavericks
Minnesota State Sweeps WCHA Quarterfinal Series With 3-1 Win Over Ferris State
Junior forward Sam Morton scored the game-winning goal for the Mavericks

Mankato, Minn. --- Minnesota State beat Ferris State 3-1 Saturday in claiming the Western Collegiate Hockey Association best-of-three first round series, two games to one.

The host Mavericks, who downed the Bulldogs 3-0 yesterday, never trailed in today's contest, scoring once in the second period and adding two more in the third.

The game stood tied 0-0 after the first 20 minutes of action before Walker Duehr took a pass from Jared Spooner and rifled a shot over the right shoulder of Roni Salmenkangas at 9:03 of the second period to put the Mavericks up 1-0. The goal is the ninth of the year for Duehr and his fifth in the last seven games.

Junior center Sam Morton's shot along the ice beat Salmengangas at 2:19 of the third period and his fourth goal of the year made it a 2-0 Minnesota State lead. The Bulldogs got on the board at the 13-minute mark when Marshall Moise capitalized on a power play chance with a shot from right in front of the net. The Mavericks closed out the scoring in the game with freshman defenseman Jake Livingstone tallied an empty-netter at the 19:15. The goal is the fourth of the year for the first-year blueliner.

Minnesota State was scoreless in two power play chances in the game and owned a 31-24 advantage in shots on goal.

Dryden McKay, who finished with 23 saves, upped his record on the year to 19-2-0 with the win.

The victory gives the Mavericks a 20-3-0 mark for the 2020-21 season. Minnesota State has now won at least 20 games in a season in nine straight seasons under the guidance of head coach Mike Hastings.

As the #1 seed in the league postseason tournament , Minnesota State will host the WCHA semi-finals and championship game next Friday and Saturday. Times and matchups for the games will be announced Sunday.

Game Summary

Saturday, March 13, 2021
WCHA Quarterfinals

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Game statistics
24 Shots 31
1 / 1 Power Plays 0 / 2
2 / 4 PIM 1 / 2
1-23-1 Records 20-3-1
GOAL SCORERS
Ferris State Minnesota State
Walker Duehr (9)
2nd/9:03
Sam Morton (4)
3rd/2:19  GW
Marshall Moise (4)
3rd/13:00 PP
Jake Livingstone (4)
3rd/19:15.2  EN
GOALTENDERS
Ferris State Minnesota State
Roni Salmenkangas
59:30, 28 Saves, 2 GA
(L, 1-10-0)

Empty Net
0:30, 1 GA
Dryden McKay
59:24, 23 Saves, 1 GA
(W, 19-2-0)

Empty Net
0:36, 0 GA