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February 28, 2014

MSU hockey team wins sixth straight

Mavericks shut out Lakers

The Minnesota State men's hockey team won its sixth game in a row and recorded its third consecutive shutout, defeating Lake Superior State 5-0 in a WCHA game Friday night in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.

The 19th ranked Mavericks got two goals from Dylan Margonari and a 14-save shutout from goalie Cole Huggins. It was Huggins' second consecutive shutout and the fourth of his rookie season.

Minnesota State, which had 40 shots on goal, has not allowed a goal in 198 minutes, 10 seconds.

Even more encouraging was the fact that the Mavericks scored four even-strength goals.

"We scored some 5-on-5 goals, which I think was important for our program at this time," coach Mike Hastings said in a phone interview afterward. "That and we played better on the road."

Max Gaede got things started with a wrap-around goal from linemate Brett Knowles at 2:41 of the first period.

"That line's been one of energy for us," Hastings said.

The Mavericks outshot the Lakers 15-2 in the opening 20 minutes. Margonari made it 2-0 at 8:05 and scored again at 3:27 of the second period.

Margonari, a sophomore center, now has seven goals.

"Dylan Margonari, I thought, played one of his most complete games tonight," Hastings said. "Yeah, he scored two goals, but he did a good job defensively and did a good job on faceoffs tonight. And he was rewarded for that."

Zach Lehrke and Zach Stepan assited on both of Margonari's goals.

Defenseman Josh Nelson added a power-play goal with 5:30 remaining in the third period, assisted by Matt Leitner. The Mavericks were 1 for 3 on the power play, and the Lakers were scoreless on two power plays.

Less than a minute after Nelson's goal, Chase Grant made it 5-0, getting assists from Johnny McInnis and Jon Jutzi.

The Mavericks (20-13-0, 18-7-0 in WCHA) and the Lakers (16-16-1, 12-13-0) will play again at 6:07 p.m. today.

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