UAA takes on UAF in Alaska Airlines Governor’s Cup
ALASKA FAIRBANKS (5-7-2, 2-6-0 WCHA) at
ALASKA ANCHORAGE (6-6-2, 3-5-2 WCHA)
Dec. 6-7, 2013 at Sullivan Arena
Game Times: 7:07 p.m. AST
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THIS WEEK: The Alaska Anchorage Seawolves – who are undefeated at home at 5-0-1– host in-state rival and new conference member Alaska Fairbanks for the first of two Alaska Airlines Governor’s Cup series this season. The Seawolves and Nanooks square off Dec. 6-7 at 7:07 p.m. AST both evenings.
THE SERIES – UAA vs. UAF
OVERALL: UAA leads 82-54-11 AT UAA: UAA leads 48-21-5
LAST MEETING: March 2, 2013 (UAF won, 3-1) STREAK: UAF 3
NOTES: The Nanooks come to the Sullivan Arena with a three-game winning streak against UAA …. the last UAA win was on Feb. 24, 2012 in Anchorage … UAF leads the Cup record, 12-8 … after UAA won three straight from 2006-09, UAF captured the Cup title in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 ... UAA leads 8-6-1 in the last 15 outings ... the Governor’s Cup, which started during the 1993-94 season, has gone into a shootout to determine the winner on six occasions – last was 2012, with UAF winning the shootout, 3-2 ... this will be the first time since 2007-08 that the Governor’s Cup was a four-game format … the Cup started as a two-game contest and continued for six seasons before changing to a four-game format for nine seasons … in 2008-09 the Cup reverted back to a two-game format up until last season ... UAA’s senior class is looking for its first Cup title.
SCOUTING THE NANOOKS: The Nanooks are led offensively by senior F Cody Kunyk (10-4–14), sophomore F Tyler Morley (6-6–12) and sophomore D Colton Parayko (1-10–11) ... splitting time between the crease with six games under their belts each are junior John Keeney (.882 sv%, 2.94 gaa, 3-2-1) and freshman Davis Jones (.893 sv%, 3.09 gaa, 2-3-1) ... UAF comes to Anchorage with a four-game losing streak after being swept at Ferris State (5-3, 4-3) and vs. Michigan Tech (3-2, 2-1) ... in the WCHA, the Nanooks are ranked one position below UAA in ninth with four league points – half as many as UAA.
SEAWOLF BITES: The Seawolves host the Nanooks following a WCHA road series at Minnesota State … the Mavericks swept the series, 3-2, 7-3 … following the weekend, the Seawolves are 8th in the WCHA standings with eight points – already doubling their point total from a year ago … the Alabama Huntsville sweep (Nov. 8-9) gave UAA its first WCHA points, while UAA’s six wins already surpassed the win total from a year ago (4) … the Seawolves haven’t started 5-0-0 at home since the 1987-88 season when they swept Kent, RIT and U.S. International for a 6-0-0 start at home ... the last time UAA posted five straight wins at home was in 1998-99, sweeping Air Force, Denver and Wisconsin ... UAA failed to score first at either game at MSU, but is 4-1-1 when doing so ... after weekend, UAA is tied for No. 1 in the WCHA overall stats for power play, clocking in at 21.6% efficiency (16-for-74) … their power play ranks tied for No. 18 in the nation … on Nov. 9, the Seawolves registered a season-high six goals, including a season-high five power-play goals – just one shy of the school record … the four power-play goals in the third period broke the school record – the Seawolves managed three in a period against Northern Arizona in 1984 and Notre Dame in 1990 ... UAA is now 2-18-1 in WCHA openers since joining the league in 1993-94, compared to the program’s 10-0-3 in season openers since 2001 ... the only UAA wins in WCHA openers came in 2008-09 and 1994-95 ... UAA started the season with a 3-1-0 record – its best since 2011-12 when the Seawolves started 3-0-1 … the Seawolves are now 5-0-3 in the last eight Kendall Classic games, and produced the program’s first 2-0-0 start since the 1996-97 season … the victory over Air Force (Oct. 12) gave the Seawolves their own tournament title for the eighth time in 23 tries and marked their first-ever Kendall ‘three-peat’
PLAYER NOTES: Individually, the Seawolves are led by senior F Jordan Kwas and junior F Scott Allen with 13 points each … Allen posted two goals on Nov. 30 vs. the Mavericks and leads UAA with nine goals … Allen, who recently furnished a hat trick on Nov. 16, leads the WCHA in league-only games with 11 points and eight goals … Kwas, who also has a hat trick under his belt this season, has scored 14 of his 22 career goals on the power play … Kwas is tied for No. 1 in the WCHA overall stats with nine power-play points and is tied for No. 14 in WCHA scoring with eight helpers … Kwas – who was named the Kendall Hockey Classic’s Most Outstanding Player – leads current UAA skaters with 71 career points … Kwas enters the series against UAF with a team-high four career points against the Nanooks ... also scoring for UAA at Minnesota State were senior F Matt Bailey – his eighth of the season – and junior F Brett Cameron, who returned to the lineup after missing the previous four games with an upper-body injury … Bailey leads the nation with four game-winning goals and is ranked 31st nationally for goals per game (.57), while Allen is tied for No. 18 for goals per game (.64) ... Bailey – who was named to the Brice Alaska Goal Rush All-Tournament Team – leads all current UAA skaters with 35 career goals … registering a multi-point weekend at MSU was sophomore Blake Tatchell with a goal (Nov. 30) and an assist (Nov. 29) – four a current three-game point streak with 1-4—5 totals ... between the pipes, senior G Rob Gunderson, who has started for the last four games, has only faced UAF once, while senior G Chris Kamal has five career games under his belt vs. the Nanooks.
UP NEXT: Up next, the Seawolves stay at the Sullivan Arena for a WCHA series against Lake Superior State, Dec. 13-14.