Docken, defense ground Griffins
ANCHORAGE - Sophomore defenseman Derek Docken scored the winning goal and junior Chris Kamal earned the shutout in net Friday as the Alaska Anchorage hockey team opened the 2012-13 season with a 2-0 victory over Canisius in the Kendall Hockey Classic at Sullivan Arena.
The Seawolves also got a late insurance goal from left wing Scott Allen as they improved to 6-0-2 in season-openers under 8th-year head coach Dave Shyiak. With a victory Saturday against Air Force in the tourney finale (7:07 p.m. ADT), UAA would assure itself of its second straight Kendall title.
After a scoreless first period, Docken broke through midway through the second when he corralled Alex Gellert's pass at the blue line and beat Canisius goalie Tony Capobianco with a shot that stayed low to the ice. Freshman Blake Tatchell picked up his first career assist on the play.
With just under nine minutes left in the third, Docken was on the ice again when linemates Scott Allen and Jordan Kwas found themselves with a 2-on-1 break. Kwas fed Allen perfectly for the sophomore's fourth career tally, with sophomore defenseman Austin Coldwell picking up the second assist.
Meanwhile, UAA held the visitors from Buffalo, N.Y., to very few quality scoring chances as Kamal turned aside all 14 of the Golden Griffins' shots on goal. Kamal, a junior from Alpharetta, Ga., earned his fourth career shutout with the victory.
Capobianco registered 21 saves in the loss for Canisius, which plays Alaska Fairbanks at 5:07 p.m. ADT on Saturday.
NOTES: UAA improved to 3-0-1 all-time against Canisius, which plays in Atlantic Hockey ... the Seawolves are now 8-3-4 in under Shyiak in the Kendall Hockey Classic, with titles in 2006 and 2011 ... the shutout was only the second for UAA in a season-opener in 35 years of program history, along with a 4-0 win against Niagara in the 1999 Classic.