Two games on the road against the nation’s third-ranked team sent the UAA hockey team back a step or two this weekend.
The Seawolves mustered 23 shots in two losses to Minnesota State, and in Saturday’s game in Mankato they were outshot 58-12 while suffering their sixth shutout of the season.
The Mavericks beat UAA 6-0 on Saturday and 4-1 on Friday to sweep the Western Collegiate Hockey Association series.
Saturday’s game marked the first time the Seawolves were served a bagel since a 3-0 loss at Northern Michigan on Nov. 16. That marked their third shutout in a row, but they had reached the scoring column in four straight games going into Saturday’s contest.
The Mavericks (14-2-0 overall, 9-1-0 WCHA) chased UAA goaltender Kristian Snead in the second period with their fifth goal of the game.
Snead, who allowed five goals on 30 shots, was replaced by Kris Carlson, who surrendered one goal on 28 shots.
The Mavericks scored three times in the first period and three times in the second. They unleashed 27 of their 58 shots in the second period.
UAA’s 12 shots came a day after the team was held to a season-low 11 shots.
Marc Michaelis scored twice for Minnesota State and had the game’s only power-play goal. UAA was whistled for 23 penalty minutes and lost defenseman Eric Sinclair to a game misconduct for a second-period contact-to-the-head penalty.
The Seawolves were scoreless on two power-play chances.
UAA (1-12-1, 0-9-1) stays on the road for a series next week against Bemidji State. The Seawolves are the last-place team in the 10-team WCHA with one point; ninth-place Alabama Huntsville has six points.