Minnesota State completed a weekend sweep of Northern Michigan on Saturday evening with a 7-0 victory. After the Mavericks put up four goals in the first period, the final outcome of the game was never really in doubt. But there was good reason for the Mavericks to play hard to the final whistle. They were able to keep the clean sheet, allowing starting goaltender Dryden McKay to record his 27th career shutout, surpassing the previous record of 26 career shutouts set by Michigan State’s Ryan Miller from 1999-2002.
Though McKay will end up playing four years of NCAA hockey to Miller’s three, having parts of two seasons truncated by the Covid-19 pandemic gives the two remarkably similar numbers. Miller set his record in 106 games, 104 of which he started, while McKay has played in and started 105 career games.
Here are McKay’s year-by-year statistics, courtesy of Minnesota State’s TV broadcast: