Seawolf hockey loses to Ferris State in WCHA semifinals

March 21

The University of Alaska Anchorage traveled to Grand Rapids, Mich., to play Ferris State University in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association semifinals. For the fourth time in UAA history the Seawolves advanced to the WCHA semifinals. They were on the losing end against the Bulldogs. FSU took an early two-goal lead with two unanswered goals in the first period.

The Seawolves scored a goal at 8:54 of the first period, when junior forward Brett Cameron found the back of the net for a goal. The first period ended with UAA trailing FSU by a score of 2-1.

In the second period the Seawolves scored three unanswered goals, with the first goal of the second period scored by junior defenseman Austin Coldwell at 7:16. This goal tied the game at two goals per tem. Freshman forward Zack Rassell gave the Seawolves the lead with a goal scored at 8:56 of the second period, putting UAA in the lead with a score of 3-2.

Seawolf freshman forward Hudson Friesen scored a goal 11:22 of the second period, giving UAA a 4-2 lead. The Bulldogs scored a goal at 11:52 of the second period. This brought the score to UAA 4 FSU 3. FSU tied the game at 15:29 of the second period, and the second period ended with UAA and FSU tied at four goals apiece. The third period started and ended with both teams still tied at four goals.

At 2:38 into the overtime FSU scored the game-winning goal, giving FSU the victory 5-4 over UAA. Ferris State University moved on to the WCHA finals against Minnesota State.

“I couldn’t be any more proud of our team for the way we came out and competed against the No. 3 team in the nation and the No. 1 team in our conference (the WCHA),” UAA head hockey coach Matt Thomas said after the game. “I don’t want to take anything away from Ferris State, because they played a heck of a game too. I thought we played well enough to win the hockey game, but that’s what happens in overtime.”

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Thomas went on to add, “The right time of year, we were a very good team. It’s just unfortunate that it ends for us here tonight. As much as it stings, moving forward time will heal and we will be able to reflect on what was a very positive season and a well played season.”

When asked if he had any comments for the fans back in Anchorage, senior forward Matt Bailey replied, “It was awesome. We really appreciate all the support we get, and it was a really tremendous season for our program. We have some very loyal fans that are very close in our hearts. Speaking as a senior that has been here for four years, I am very grateful for a lot of the boosters and alumni that have treated me so well over my four years, and it’s something I will never forget.”