Mavericks Secure Road Sweep at Northern Michigan – Minnesota State University
MARQUETTE, Mich. – Minnesota State used a three-goal period for the second straight night – this time in the second period – to secure a 5-3 sweep over Northern Michigan in CCHA play.
The goals came early tonight as Michael Colella put the hosts on the scoreboard first just two minutes, 15 seconds into the contest.
Less than five minutes later, senior Brendan Furry stole the puck at center ice, broke into the Wildcats’ zone before looking off junior Jake Livingston and then snapping a shot from the right circle low to the stick side past NMU netminder Rico DiMatteo.
Senior Andy Carroll then put the Mavericks ahead for good, 63 seconds into the second period on a two-man power-play advantage. After he hit the post with a shot from the right circle, the puck came back to him, he circled out of the right corner and scored from the top of the slot with Furry and freshman. Luc Wilson picking up assists.
Furry’s second goal of the game came just as the second power-play in the series ended when he was a junior Ondrej Pavel broke into the zone with the latter carrying the puck. DeMatteo stopped Pavel’s shot but Furry followed up with a rebound shot at 17:16 of the frame.
The goal finished DeMatteo’s evening and brought on Beni Halasz who picked up an assist on Kristof Papp’s goal with 7:41 to play in the period on the power play.
Junior Connor Gregg then restored the two-goal lead when Carroll carried the puck to the front of the net. The puck came loose but Gregga was there to collect the loose puck and bat Halasz for a 4-2 lead heading into the second intermission.
Alex Fry cut the Maverick lead to one goal with a power-play tally for Northern Michigan with 2:10 remaining in the period and the score remained 4-3 until the closing minutes of the game.
With 1:12 to play in the game, Livingstone scored his third goal of the weekend when he won a battle for the puck along the boards on the left side in his own zone. He continued up the boards with the puck and flipped it home from the center line.
Furry’s season-high three-point night was just his second multiple-point game of the season while Carroll, who had a goal and an assist, recorded his third multiple-point game of the 2022-23 campaign.
A 27-25 edge in shots on goal went for naught for NMU as a sophomore Keenan Rancier evened his record on the season at 6-6-1 with a 24-save performance.
Next up for the Mavericks (12-9-1, 9-6-1 CCHA) is a two-game set at Arizona State, Jan. 13-14. Game time both nights is slated for 8 pm CST.