The Seawolf hockey team finally got their first taste of the squad that came in and took their own tournament, the Nye Frontier Classic, in mid-October.
It was just as bitter this time around as the Colorado College Tigers swept the University of Alaska Anchorage 4-1 and 5-2 during a weekend series at World Arena in Colorado Springs, Colo.
The Tigers, coming in ranked ninth in the country, boosted their record to 6-1-1 while the Seawolves dropped into a sixth-place tie in the WCHA at 1-5-2.
It was a familiar story as the play of a single line provided the only scoring punch of the series. Curtis Glencross, John Hopson, and Ales Parez accounted for five of the team’s nine points.
The other four points came courtesy of defensemen Matt Hanson and Matt Shasby. Hanson scored his first goal of the season during the Nov. 9 game, and Shasby recorded three assists.
In the series, the duo scored more points combined than coach John Hill’s senior first and fourth scoring lines have scored all season.
In Friday’s game, UAA surrendered the first goal of the game to Colorado captain Colin Stuart in the first period. The Tigers’ lead lasted for 16 seconds as Parez responded on the power play. The resulting tie survived for 12 minutes until Colorado’s All-League defenseman Tom Preissing scored in the second period. He later assisted on an Andrew Canzanello goal to help ice the game.
Saturday, the Seawolves struck first thanks to Hanson. After Colorado tied the game at 1-1, Glencross gave UAA their last lead of the series before Colorado exploded for four goals in the third period.
UAA will remain on the road to face fifth-ranked North Dakota Nov. 15-16 before returning home to face the nation’s top team, the Denver Pioneers, Nov. 22-23.