Power Plays cost Nanooks against #4 Minnesota State; Mavs earn WCHA regular season title

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The Alaska Nanook Hockey team hosted the Minnesota State Mavericks last night in the opening game of their final home series.
This one did not go well for the home team as the Mavericks won 6-1.
The #4 ranked Minnesota State started off the scoring, lighting the lamp 6 minutes into the first period to hold a 1-0 lead.
The second period, however, is when things started to get ugly.
The Mavs started off the middle frame on a 5-on-3 powerplay and took full advantage with a goal 2 and a half minutes in.
They then had a 5-on-4 advantage due to a five minute slashing major called on Nanook Forward Kyle Marino, leading to two more powerplay goals from Minnesota State all in the span of two minutes.
In that second period alone, there were 102 penalty minutes assessed between the two teams, and multiple players were ejected.
As a result of his three penalties and ejection, the WCHA announced a one game suspension for Marino, meaning he will not be playing in tonight's home finale.
We talked to head coach Erik Largen about how that penalty-laden second period changed the complexion of this game.
"I don't know if I've ever been in a game like that. In that second period all of a sudden there was the 5-on-3, and then they have all the penalty minutes to get three Powerplay goals like that... It changes the whole complexion of the game. With all the stoppages and penalties the second period just had no flow to it. Give credit to them, they earned their opportunities and capitalized on them so... We played them just fine five on five, just get above pucks and manage the game and we're good. You get in the box and they have special players, and special players in space are going to make special plays," said Largen.
Last night's win clinched the WCHA Regular season title for Minnesota State, who were presented the MacNaugton Cup on the Carlson Center Ice after the victory.
This is the second consecutive regular season championship for the Mavericks, and their fourth in five years.
The Mavs are now 25-6-2 overall and 20-4-1-1 in the conference, while the Nooks fall to 9-19-3 overall and 9-14-2-2 in conference play.
The Nanooks will have one more shot at the WCHA Champions tonight in their final home game of the regular season at the Carlson Center.