SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich – The Alaska Anchorage Seawolves battled back three times to tie the game, before tying the Lake Superior State Lakers, 4-4, in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association game at the Abel Arena on Saturday.
In a penalty-filled game that saw four power-play goals, the Seawolves tied the game in the second and twice in the third to force extra minutes. Neither team could score in the 5-on-5 overtime, sending the contest into a 3-on-3 overtime for WCHA purposes. LSSU’s Kyle Chatham scored just over a minute into the 3-on-3, giving the Lakers the extra point.
With Friday’s win and tonight’s loss, the Seawolves continue to sit last in the WCHA standings with 26 points after a four-point weekend. UAA, which needs to finished eighth or higher to make the playoffs, will have four more games to gain ground on conference members. With the win, LSSU moves into a tie for sixth in the standings.
After falling behind by two goals the Seawolves got on the board when sophomore forward Nils Rygaard scored at 2:28 of the second frame. A power-play goal by senior Chase Van Allen at 10:46 knotted the game, 2-2, before LSSU responded 30 seconds later with its own man-advantage strike.
Starting the third on the right foot was sophomore forward Mason Mitchell for the Seawolves. Mitchell picked up his team leading 10th of the season and third of the weekend with just 16 seconds expired on the clock. The teams then traded power-play goals at 9:06 and 18:42 to send the game into the first overtime. Sophomore forward Nicolas Erb-Ekholm picked up the game-tying goal
UAA’s netminder junior Olivier Mantha faced five shots in the 5-on-5 overtime, but was able to keep the Seawolves in the game. UAA managed just one shot in each of the overtimes. Combined, the Seawolves placed 33 shots on goal to the Lakers’ 27.
Both teams were tagged for seven penalties, serving 14 minutes. UAA and LSSU were both 2-for-7 on the power play.
UAA continues its road games with a pair of WCHA games at Ferris State, Feb. 17-18. The Seawolves will then return home to face in-state rival Alaska Fairbanks for the final games of the Alaska Airlines Governor’s Cup, Feb. 24-25.