Seawolves tame the Bulldogs

It was a sight to see when the UAA Seawolves hockey team defeated University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs 5-3 Saturday night at the Sullivan Arena. In the sloppy game with missed passes, bad stick handling and hard hits, one of the teams had to come out on top. Between UAA, with the longest winless streak of its history and a 20 game winless streak and UMD, with a road game on an eight-game winless streak, it did not matter how the game was going to be won; it just had to be done.

 After Friday nights heartbreaking overtime 2-2 tie, the Seawolves could not let the UMD Bulldogs come to the Sullivan and tie again, or even worse, win the game. The high spirits of UAA players may have been due to it being parent's night for the UAA hockey team. Whatever it was that helped the team come out on top, it did it by peppering UMD's goalie, Adam Coole, with 35 shots. UAA held UMD to a measly 16 shots on goal, while Chris King was in goal for the Seawolves. Is that good defense, or what?               

UAA's scoring on two power plays and a four on four may be what the Seawolves needed to lift them to a win. The first power play goal came in the second period at 14:33 when UMD's Ryan Coole was off on a holding call. Corey Hessler scored the goal with an assist coming from the number one star of the game Mike Scott and Dallas Steward. The second power play goal came in the third period at 18:22 when UMD's Jesse Fibiger was out on a tripping call. That goal was credited to the number two star of the game senior Chris Sikich, and assisted by Scott.

UAA also got a four on four break away goal at 16:51 of the second period when UMD's Nate Anderson was in the box on a roughing call and UAA's Scott was in the box on a cross checking call. The goal was an unassisted goal by Seawolves' fastest skater Steve Cygan. Other UAA goals came at 1:44 of the first period by the number three star of the game Jesse Unklesbay assisted by Scott and Pete Talafous, and an unassisted open net goal in the third at 19:25 by Joe Garvin.

UMD scored an even strength goal at 19:22 of the first period by Drew Otten assisted by Tom Nelson. They scored a power play goal at 6:07 of the second period when Tyler Schnell of UAA was out on a slashing call. Tom Nelson was credited the goal with an assist by Otten. The third goal was also an even strength goal at 9:08 of the third period credited to Jay Hardwick and assisted by Derek Derow.                       

UAA goes on the road to play the University of Denver Pioneers, number 7 in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) next weekend February 23 and February 24. UAA returns to the Sullivan Arena to play intrastate rivals of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association University of Alaska Fairbanks Nanooks March 2 at 7:35 P.M. This is the last home game of the season for the hockey team, so remember to bring your Green and Gold to support your Seawolves.