Ninth-rated Minnesota State jumped out to a 3-0 first-period lead and never looking back in cruising to a 7-1 win at the University of Alaska in men’s college hockey Friday.
Freshman forward Nick Rivera scored the first two goals of his career and added an assist, freshman forward Marc Michaelis scored twice and sophomore defenseman Daniel Brickley chipped in with three assists as the Mavericks extended its season-opening winning streak to five games.
Sophomore forward Max Coatta, going in on a three-on-one on his off wing, looked off a Nanook defenseman before wristing a shot high on the stick side past Davis Jones to make it a 1-0 Minnesota State lead to open things up. It became a two-goal lead at the 11-minute mark when Rivera jumped on a rebound off a shot from Jordan Nelson to score his first career goal. Freshman forward Marc Michaelis corralled the puck while camping out at the side of the net to score his second goal of the season at the 18:16 mark and the Mavericks entered the locker room owning a 3-0 lead after the first 20 minutes of action.
Sophomore defenseman Alec Vanko collected his first career tally after one-timing Sean Flanagan’s pass past Jones from 40-feet out on five-on-three Maverick power play at the 1:52 mark of the middle frame. Rivera made it a 5-0 lead after he picked up a loose puck in the slot and snapped a shot into the net at 12:49 for his second goal of the game.
Austin Veith’s shorthanded goal at :41 of the goal put the Nanooks on the scoreboard for the first time, but the Mavericks responded at 4:28 with a Michaelis power play marker. The goal, the second of the game for the Mannheim, Germany native, is his third goal of the season.
The Mavericks owned a 45-16 advantage in shots on goal and converted on three-of-nine power play chances in the win.
Now 5-0-0 overall (3-0-0 WCHA) for the season, the Mavericks have won five games to start campaign for the first time since 1998-99 when they started the year with six straight wins.
The Mavericks and the Nanooks close out the two-game Western Collegiate Hockey Association series Saturday with a 10:07 p.m. CST face-off scheduled at Patty Ice Arena on KTOE AM 1420 FM 102.7.