FAIRBANKS - The No.2-ranked North Dakota opened their season
with a 5-0 defeat of the Alaska Anchorage Seawolves in Game 1 of the fifth
annual Brice Alaska Goal Rush tournament at the Carlson Center.
North Dakota's (1-0-0) Mark MacMillan added a pair of goals
and Connor Gaarder was credited with three assists, as the Seawolves (1-1-1) were
handed their first loss of the season, being shut out for the first time since
At the completion of the first 20 minutes of play, North Dakota
led 2-0 with a power-play tally by Bryn Chyzyk at 8:21 and an even-strength goal
by MacMillan at 13:10. North Dakota extended its lead by two more goals in the
second frame with MacMillan's second of the night at 11:31 and Rocco Grimaldi's
tally at 12:53. Jordan Schmaltz netted UND's final at 2:27 of the third.
Junior goaltender Chris Kamal made 25 stops in his second
start of the season, while Rob Gunderson, who took to the crease for the start
of the third, posted three saves. UND out shot UAA 33-21, including a 16-7 edge
in the second frame. Junior netminder Clarke
Saunders, who joined UND after 46 games with Alabama-Huntsville, earned his
first NCAA career shutout with 21 saves.
UAA will have a week to prepare for its next meeting with
North Dakota as the Seawolves head to Grand Forks, N.D., for its Western
Collegiate Hockey Association opener on Oct. 26-27.
Before that series, the Seawolves will face Merrimack
College for the first time on neutral ice and just the seventh time ever when
the puck drops 4:07 p.m. on Oct. 20 in Game 3 of the Brice Alaska Goal Rush.
SEAWOLF NOTES: The last time UAA was shut out was on Jan.
20, 2012 against Wisconsin (4-0). The Seawolves were unable to score a goal
against UND for the first time since Oct. 23, 2009.