Though the North Dakota Fighting Sioux may have skated off with the 2010 Kendall Classic title, the UAA Seawolves were by far and away the surprise of the tournament.
The Seawolves used a dramatic comeback to forge a 5-5 tie with UND on Oct. 8. After the game was 1-1 midway through the first period, the Sioux used 4 unanswered goals to jump out to a 5-1 lead over the home side.
The young UAA side could’ve packed it in and looked towards the next game against Air Force the next night, but instead came roaring back with 4 unanswered goals of their own to get the tie against the No. 2 team in the nation.
UAA freshman goalie Chris Kamal stopped 26 of 31 shots in his first game as a Seawolf while four Seawolves had multi-point efforts against the Sioux.
Oct. 9 put the Seawolves up against the cadets from Air Force. After a late first period goal for the Falcons, the Seawolves came out flying in the second and used a pair of goals by senior Sean Wiles and another from senior Tommy Grant to leapfrog to a 3-1 lead.
The Seawolves were able to limit the Falcons to only 9 shots in the final frame, most of which were of the harmless variety from the outside and were able to hang on for a 3-2 victory.
Freshman goalie Rob Gunderson got the win in his first appearance for the ‘Wolves, stopping 28 of 30 shots he saw.
The victory propelled UAA (1-0-1 overall) to a second place finish in their annual tournament.
UAF finished in third while Air Force took fourth
UAA All-Tournament honors went to Grant (1-2—3) and Wiles (3-0—3) who both finished up the weekend with 3 points apiece.
The Seawolves are next in action Oct. 15-16 as they head north to partake in UAF’s Brice Alaska Goal Rush tournament. The Seawolves will face off against fellow WCHA foe Colorado College as well as Union College in Fairbanks.
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