Seawolves skate past Mercyhurst 5-3

The Seawolf hockey team was led by Craig Parkinson and Tommy Grant who each had two goals apiece in the teams win over Mercyhurst. UAA won 5-3 in their season-opener Friday in the Kendal Hockey Classic at the Sullivan Arena.

Josh Lunden, a senior forward  picked up a goal, while senior Jon Olthuis was in the net for the win with 19 saves, which gave UAA a chance to play for the tournament title Saturday against Michigan, the Wolverines are currently ranked 3rd in the nation.

The Seawolves were the first to get up on the board when Grant  snuck a close range shot past Mercyhurst goalie Ryan Zapolski 5:55 into the contest.

The Lakers, from Erie, Pa., tied the game before with Neil Graham’s goal before the period break, but the Seawolves took the lead and never looked back when Lunden redirected a power-play pass from freshman Lee Baldwin with 68 seconds left in the period.

Grant then recorded his third career two-goal game on an assist from Lunden at the 8:01 mark of the second giving UAA a nice 3-1 cushion.

After the Atlantic Hockey visitors made it a razor-thin margin on Cullen Eddy’s goal at 16:01, the Seawolves responded quickly with the first goal of the season by Parkinson.

Parkinson added his 16th career goal at 11:20 of the third to make it a 5-2 game.

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The Seawolves face of against Michigan at 7:07 p.m. ADT Saturday, after Alaska Fairbanks vs. Mercyhurst at 4:07 p.m.