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Mantha’s 42 saves not enough for UAA hockey team in loss to Minnesota State

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: January 6
  • Published January 6

Great goaltending wasn't enough to save the UAA hockey team Saturday night at Sullivan Arena.

Goalie Olivier Mantha made 42 saves, stopping nearly four times as many shots as the Seawolves managed in a 4-1 Western Collegiate Hockey Association loss to seventh-ranked Minnesota State.

Playing in front of an announced crowd of 1,776, the Seawolves tallied 11 shots on goal, including two in the third period when they were outshot 21-2.

Jordan Xavier's goal for UAA late in the first period tied the game 1-1, but the Mavericks pulled away with two goals in the second period and another in the third.

Minnesota State's special teams prospered, and UAA's floundered.

The Mavericks were 3 of 5 on the power play and added a short-handed, unassisted goal by C.J. Suess, who scored his 13th goal of the season.

UAA was 0 for 4 on the power play.

Eight players scored points for the visitors, including Marc Michaelis, who had a goal and an assist, and Parker Tuomie, who had two assists.

UAA's Brandon Switzer earned an assist on the goal by Xavier, who scored for the fourth time this season.

The loss came a night after UAA surrendered a one-goal lead by giving up four straight third-period goals in a 5-2 loss to the Mavericks.

Minnesota State, the WCHA's first-place team, improved to 16-6 overall and 14-4 in conference play. The Seawolves, who sit alone in last place, are 1-10-3 and 1-15-4.

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