The University of Alaska Anchorage will open the 2017-18 regular season when it hosts former WCHA foe No. 7 North Dakota Oct. 7-8. This will be the first meeting between the two schools since North Dakota left the Western Collegiate Hockey Association after the 2012-13 season.
North Dakota leads the all-time series 47-17-4 and the Fighting Hawks lead 18-14-1 in the series in Anchorage. UND has won the last seven games in the series with the last UAA win (2-1) coming in 2009 in Anchorage.
North Dakota is ranked No. 7 in both the USCHO.com and USA Today polls. Complete polls on page three.
Between the Pipes
Senior Olivia Mantha returns in goal for the Seawolves. The La Tuque, Quebec, native ranks third in the nation in active career leaders in saves with 2,503. Kyle Hayton of Wisconsin ranks first with 3,079 saves and Daniel Tirone of New Hampshire is second with 2,705. Mantha ranks in the top-five in four career categories at UAA, first in save percentage (.910), second in saves (2,503), third in goals against average (2.87) and third in minutes (5,188:56). Mantha needs 134 saves to surpass Paul Krake (1989-92) for the most in a career in school history. He needs five more minutes to pass Doug Teskey (1996-99) for second in career minutes and 590 minutes to pass Paul Krake (1989-92) for the most in school history.
Senior forward Matt Anholt will serve as the team captain this year and senior goalie Olivier Mantha, senior forward Tad Kozun and sophomore Nolan Nicholas will serve as assistant captains.
Anholt served as an assistant captain as a sophomore (2015-16) and as captain during his junior campaign (2016-17). The Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, native has recorded 53 points (14 goals, 39 assists) in 102 career games.
Mantha currently ranks in the top-five in program history in five career categories; first in save percentage (.910), second in saves (2,503), third in goals against average (2.87) and third in minutes played (5,188:56).
Kozun, who has appeared in 100 career games, leads the team in both career goals (24) and points (54).
Nicholas appeared in 30 of 34 games as a freshman last season.
The Seawolves have six seniors, Matt Anholt, Austin Azurdia, Jarrett Brown, Tanner Johnson, Tad Kozun and Olvier Mantha, who have played in a combined 534 career games.
Alaska Anchorage has 12 freshmen on its roster, the second most in the country behind Massachusetts, which has 13.
The average age of the players on this year’s squad is 22 years and 196 days, second oldest in college hockey. Bemidji State has the oldest average team this season at 22 years and 218 days. Olivia Mantha is the oldest on the team with a birthdate of Jan. 18, 1993.
Voice of the Seawolves
Kurt Haider returns to serve as the voice of UAA hockey. He started broadcasting games for UAA in 1996-97 until 2015 when he moved to the Alaska Aces of the East Coast Hockey League, where he broadcasted games for two seasons.
Last Time Out
Austin Azurdia recorded a hat trick and added one assist to lead the Alaska Anchorage hockey team to a 6-1 win over Simon Fraser in an exhibition game on Sept. 30. Eight different players recorded a point for UAA.
Matt Anholt and Nicolas Erb-Ekholm each finished with three assists.
Olivier Mantha made 19 saves for the Seawolves.
UAA finished with a 26-20 edge in shots. Alaska Anchorage was 0-4 on the power play, and Simon Frasier finished 0-5.
Alaska Anchorage will play its first road series of the season when it plays at Colorado College Oct. 13-14.