Lake Superior State faced the wrong opponent for a team looking to right the ship on its season.
Minnesota State, the top team in the major college hockey polls, and largely seen as the team to beat in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) showed exactly why they were so ranked with a series sweep over the Lakers with 5-1 and 2-0 wins at home.
Both Friday and Saturday night saw the Mavericks (14-1-1, 9-1-0 WCHA) outshoot Lake Superior (5-14-1, 3-8-1 WCHA) in the first period, yet be held scoreless thanks to the play of goaltender Mareks Mitens. The Lakers were outshot by nearly identical 11-7 and 12-7 margins in both opening periods on the weekend.
Although they held the hosts off the board in the first, the Mavericks broke thru in the second on both night. On Friday, Minnesota State took advantage of Laker penalties, as Dallas Gerards and Parker Toomie each netted goals with the extra man. Pete Veillette got the Lakers on the board late in the second, but that was all the offense the Lakers mustered all weekend. Three more goals in the third for Minnesota State (one more on the power play) sealed the deal.
Saturday night, Lake Superior shut down the Minnesota State, yet surrendered a goal on special teams regardless, with a shorthanded goal in the second period. A goal late in the third capped off the scoring for the Mavericks.
The end result could have been worse for the Lakers, as they benefited from 5 shots Minnesota State rang off the pipes on the weekend.
With the win, Minnesota State extended their winning streak to 9 games, not having lost since falling to Bowling Green in overtime on November 1st. Lake Superior, meanwhile, fell to 1-8-1 in their last 10.
Lake Superior returns home this weekend for the final home series of 2019. They face Bowling Green this Friday and Saturday. Game time is 7 p.m. both nights.