ANCHORAGE – Four power-play goals by the No. 2-ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers on Saturday gave Alaska Anchorage a 4-0 loss in its Western Collegiate Hockey Association home opener at the Sullivan Arena.
The Gophers enjoyed four power-play opportunities – two in the first and two in the second – and managed to find the back of the net on each. The first three man-advantage strikes were tallied by the same power-play unit – Nick Bjugstad, Zach Budish, Erik Haula, Kyle Rau and Nate Schmidt – with Rau netting two and Bjugstad furnishing one.
Minnesota’s fourth goal was registered by Ben Marshall when UAA’s Matt Bailey was ejected from the game for checking from behind, receiving a game misconduct.
The Seawolves, who went on their first power-play opportunity in the opening minutes of the third, were 0-2 on the man advantage, while Minnesota was 4-for-6.
The Gophers out shot the Seawolves, 31-14, including a 8-2 edge in the opening frame. Junior netminder Chris Kamal made 27 stops in net, while freshman Adam Wilcox turned aside 14.
The Seawolves and Golden Gophers will rematch tomorrow evening at 7:07 p.m. AST.