Lakers cannot contain eighth-ranked Mavericks, fall 5-1

Brayden Gelsiner collides with MSU-M goaltender Jason Pawloski while Ian Scheid (18) and Riese Zmolek (25) look on (Mike Barrett/LHB)

SAULT STE. MARIE – Taking advantage of their power play opportunities, the Minnesota State – Mankato Mavericks strung together a five goal second period, erasing the Lake Superior lead on their way to a 5-1 win over the Lakers on Friday night.

Lake Superior opened the scoring when Hampus Erikkson earned his first career goal.  The native of Forsbacka, Sweden, blasted a shot from outside the blue line that evaded Maverick goaltender Jason Pawloski, finding the back of the net.

The Mavericks tied things up right after the expiration of a penalty to Nicholas Rivera.  Rivera, who was off for boarding, managed to pick up an assist on the goal from Jared Spooner at 2:42 of the period.

Following the goal by Spooner, the Lakers found themselves unable to contain the high-powered offense that Mankato brought with them during the second period, as the Mavericks found the back of the net four more times.

For the Mavericks, Parker Toumie, Zeb Knutson, Jake Jaremko and Daniel Brickley all capitalized throughout the period.

Despite sustained offensive pressure in the third period, the Lakers could not convert, as Pawloski closed the door the rest of the way.

For Minnesota State, Knutson finished the night with four points on 1 goal and 3 assists.  Other multiple-point getters included Brickley (1-2-3), Spooner (1-1-2), and Jaremko (1-1-2).

Kato went 2 for 6 on the man advantage, while Lake Superior was 0 for 5.

Between the pipes, Nick Kossoff had 34 saves on 39 shots.  Across the ice, Jason Pawloski picked up the win with 23 of 24 saves.

While he was effectively shut down by the Mavericks blueliners, J.T. Henke was 17-9 in the faceoff circle.  Henke came into the game in sole possession of the top spot in the WCHA scoring race, and currently sits tied with Knutson of the Mavs.

Making his return to the lineup for Lake Superior was freshman defenseman Lukas Kaelble.  Kaelble had been injured and out of the lineup since the series against Denver back in October.

Before the start of the game, a moment of silence was observed in memory of James W. Moody, late professor of History and Geography at Lake Superior State, who passed away earlier this week.  Moody had taught at Lake State since 1971.