2020-21 WCHA Game Recap

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

Game statistics
24 Shots 31
1 / 1 Power Plays 0 / 2
2 / 4 PIM 1 / 2
1-23-1 Records 20-3-1
Ferris State Minnesota State
Walker Duehr (9)
Sam Morton (4)
3rd/2:19  GW
Marshall Moise (4)
3rd/13:00 PP
Jake Livingstone (4)
3rd/19:15.2  EN
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