Hockey concludes 2011-12 campaign
2012-13 TEAM CAPTAINS ANNOUNCED: Head bench boss Dave Shyiak announced that Chris Crowell will dress as ‘Captain’ for the Seawolves in 2012-13, while Matt Bailey will be the ‘Assistant Captain’ ... Crowell becomes the first stand-alone captain since Jared Tuton in 2009-10.
SENIOR SEND OFF: The Seawolves said goodbye to four seniors – Brad Gorham, Curtis Leinweber, Jade Portwood and Dusan Sidor – who played in their final collegiate game on March 11 at Minnesota in the WCHA First Round Playoffs ... the foursome dressed in their final home game on March 3 against Bemidji State ... combined, the four played in 343 games and posted 34 goals and 70 assists.
TEAM AWARDS: Sophomore Matt Bailey was selected as the team’s Most Valuable Player on March 29 as UAA wrapped up the 2011-12 campaign with its annual banquet at the Anchorage Marriott Downtown ... the individual honors went to seniors Jade Portwood (Corner Man) and Dusan Sidor (Most Inspirational and Jack Peterson Student-Athlete), sophomore Chris Kamal (Leon Thompson Fan Favorite) and freshmen Derek Docken (Rookie of the Year) and Corbin Karl (Most Improved).
WCHA FIRST ROUND RECAP: The Seawolves’ season came to an end after Minnesota swept UAA, 2-1, 7-3, in the WCHA First Round Playoffs on March 10-11 at Mariucci Arena ... on March 10, the Golden Gophers took a two-goal lead on tallies from Erik Haula, before senior D Brad Gorham netted UAA’s lone goal in the final seconds of the middle frame ... on March 11, the Seawolves took a 3-1 lead with a pair of goals by sophomore F Matt Bailey and one by freshman F Scott Allen ... Minnesota then responded with two more tallies in the second and four in the third for the sweep.
UAA IN THE POSTSEASON: UAA is 6-37 in the WCHA First Round, having picked up five of those wins against Wisconsin and Minnesota ... at the WCHA Final Five, UAA is 1-3 ... the lone Seawolf win came against Colorado College on March 18, 2004 in the play-in game, ... the Seawolves advanced to the semifinals, where they fell to North Dakota (4-2) on March 19 and then to Minnesota Duluth (4-2) in the 3rd-place game on March 20.
WCHA SCHOLAR-ATHLETES: Six Seawolves were members of the seventh annual group of WCHA Scholar-Athlete Award recipients ... receiving his third award was senior goaltender Dusan Sidor, while junior forward Chris Crowell collected the second honor of his career ... furnishing the accolade for the first time were senior forward Jade Portwood and sophomore forwards Matt Bailey, Brett Cameron and Andrew Pickering ... Sidor joins former UAA netminder Jon Olthuis as the only Seawolves with three WCHA Student-Athlete honors.
WCHA ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM: UAA landed a program-high-tying 14 student-athletes to the men’s All-Western Collegiate Hockey Association Academic Team ... earning the recognition for the third time of his career was senior Dusan Sidor ... claiming their second academic honor were juniors Chris Crowell, Alex Gellert and Scott Warner ... receiving the award for the first time were seniors Brad Gorham, Curtis Leinweber and Jade Portwood, juniors Tyler Currier and Daniel Naslund and sophomores Matt Bailey, Brett Cameron, Chris Kamal, Andrew Pickering and Quinn Sproule ... the 2008-09 UAA squad also had 14 student-athletes earning the recognition.
SEAWOLF BITES: UAA concluded the season 12th overall in the WCHA standings with a 5-22-1 slate ... following the Alaska Fairbanks series on Feb. 24-25, the Seawolves finished with a 4-1-1 record in non-conference play – the best since the 2008-09 season (5-1-0) ... the freshman class led the way with 69 points and four game-winning goals, while the junior class was second with 66 points and a team-high 8 power-play tallies ... at the completion of 36 games, UAA was outshot by opponents, 1010-901, but won the battle of the shots in the third (305-300) and overtime (12-7) … UAA posted 24 goals in the first period, 40 in the second, 19 in the third and two in OT for a combined 85 goals … the Seawolves allowed 134 goals ... for special teams, UAA posted 25 power-play goals to opponents’ 28, and two shorthanded strikes to opponents’ five ... in the WCHA overall stats, UAA ranked 5th on the penalty kill (81.1), 8th in penalty minutes (13.5), 10th on the power play (19.5) and 12th in scoring offense (2.36) and scoring defense (3.72) ... the Seawolves posted a season-high 17 points on Oct. 15 against Mercyhurst in the Brice Alaska Goal Rush, including a season-high-tying 6 goals ... UAA also had six goals against Colorado College on Dec. 9 ... the Seawolves peppered Mercyhurst with a season-high 44 shots ... UAA logged a season-high 13 penalties and 48 penalty minutes against Minnesota State on Nov. 26.
PLAYER NOTES: Sophomore F Matt Bailey, UAA’s Most Valuable Player, led the Seawolves for the 2011-12 season with a team-high 10 goals and 17 points ... Bailey, a local of Winnipeg, Manitoba, also posted a team-high-tying four power-play goals ... his 17 points were three shy of his freshman total ... Bailey finished the season tied in points with senior F/D Curtis Leinweber ... Leinweber concluded his collegiate career with nine goals, eight assists and three power-play goals ... Leinweber needed just one more goal to double his goal total from his first three seasons as a Seawolf ... also wrapping up his college career were seniors F Jade Portwood, D Brad Gorham and G Dusan Sidor ... Portwood produced 4-6–10 totals, one point shy of his career-best from 2010-11 ... Portwood and Leinweber each played in 122 career games, good for a tie at No. 53 on the all-time UAA games-played list ... Gorham, an Anchorage native, added two goals and eight assists for a career-high 10 points ... Gorham, who transferred during his sophomore season, dressed in 83 games for the Green & Gold ... a local of Poprad, Slovakia, Sidor received his first collegiate starts this season, picking up his first at Michigan Tech on Jan. 14 and his first home start on March 3 against Bemidji State ... leading the UAA defensemen was junior D Scott Warner ... Warner led the blueliners with 2-13–15 totals, good for a fourth-place tie overall ... Warner’s 13 helpers were a team high and the most for the Anchorage native since transfering from Army ... Warner dressed in 32 of the 36 games, missing the last four due to a ankle injury ... Warner finished the season tied for No. 22 in the overall WCHA stats ... the freshman class was led by F Eric Scheid with 15 points, tied with Warner ... Scheid scored six goals, fifth-most on the team, and recorded nine assists ... the Blaine, Minn., local finished the season tied for No. 18 in freshman scoring for the league ... also producing solid numbers as a freshman was D Austin Coldwell ... Coldwell produced 12 assists and 14 points, good for No. 5 among freshmen defensemen in the league ... combined, UAA had six Seawolves top last season’s point total ... in addition to Leinweber, Warner, and Gorham, juniors F Daniel Naslund and Tyler Currier and sophomore D Quinn Sproule improved their point total from a year ago ... Naslund added 13 points and a career-high five goals, while Currier posted 2-4–6 totals, doubling his point total from his first two seasons ... Sproule, a local of Hussar, Alberta, was the lone Seawolf to dress in all 36 games, netting a career-high three goals and a career-high seven assists.