UAA freshman forward Billy Smith left his mark on the Sullivan Arena ice Dec. 3, burying his second goal of the season, UAA’s game-winning point against the St. Cloud State Huskies.
“It was exciting to get the game-winner,” Smith said, “but it’s a team game and I’d have been just as excited if someone else had scored it.”
The talent from Sterling made the goal midway through the third period, assisted by senior leader Brent McMann, who fed Smith the puck down low.
“The goalie dropped to his knees and left the whole upstairs wide open, and I put it top shelf,” Smith said of his high-net goal.
Smith also assisted junior Charlie Kronschnabel in UAA’s first goal of the game early in the second period.
“To be completely honest, it was an absolute relief to get the goal,” Kronschnabel said. “I hadn’t scored a goal since the first period of the first game and that’s a drought.” The goal came on a power-play, a rare event for the Seawolves of late.
“I thought Smith was the best player on the ice tonight,” coach Dave Shyiak said. “He go out there and played with high energy-Tonight it was a total team effort and it seemed like all 18 guys were in sync with each other.”
The Seawolves (4-9-1 overall, 2-7-1 in the Western Colligate Hockey Association) lost 5-0 against the Huskies (6-8-2, 4-7-1 WCHA) Dec. 2.