UAA starts with Kendall Hockey Classic
Friday, October 12
Air Force vs. Alaska Fairbanks, 5:07 pm
Canisius vs. Alaska Anchorage, 8:07 pm
Saturday, October 13
Canisius vs. Alaska Fairbanks, 4:07 pm
Air Force vs. Alaska Anchorage, 7:07 pm
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THIS WEEK: The Alaska Anchorage Seawolves commence the 2012-13 regular season with the 22nd annual Kendall Hockey Classic on Oct. 12-13 at the Sullivan Arena. Alaska Fairbanks and Air Force kick off the tourney at 5:07 p.m. on Friday, followed by the Seawolves against Canisius at 8:07 p.m. The Lower 48 clubs flip opponents with the Alaska schools on Saturday, with opening faceoffs set for 4:07 p.m. and 7:07 p.m.
KENDALL HOCKEY CLASSIC NOTES: This is the first time in tournament history that all three visiting teams are making repeat trips to Anchorage ... Canisius College returns to Kendall after going 0-1-1 in the 2004 event, while Air Force returns for the fourth time overall and the second time in three years, following trips in 1999, 2003 and 2010 ... for the fifth straight season, UAF is also back, looking to add to their titles from 2008 and 2009 ... the Seawolves will be looking to defend their title after they won last year with a 4-3 overtime victory of St. Cloud State ... UAA has registered six titles throughout Classic history and is 21-14-9 overall in tournament play ... the last time UAA faced Canisius was on Oct. 15, 2004 in a 3-3 tie ... the Seawolves lead all-time against the Golden Griffins, 2-0-1 ... against Air Force, the Seawolves lead the all-time series, 13-5-1 ... the last meeting against the Falcons was on Oct. 9, 2010 with UAA winning 3-2.
UAA vs. REGINA: In exhibition play, the Seawolves faced the University of Regina Cougars on Oct. 6 at the Harry J. McDonald Center in Eagle River, Alaska ... in front of 640 fans, the Seawolves picked up their fifth straight exhibition win with a 3-1 defeat of the Cougars ... picking up goals for UAA were seniors Tyler Currier and Alex Gellert and sophomore D Austin Coldwell ... Coldwell, from Vancouver, Wash., also assisted on Currier's tally in the first ... forward Blake Tatchell was the lone rookie to record a point, assisting on Gellert's game-winning goal ... UAA was scoreless on seven power-play attempts, and kept Regina scoreless on four ... the Seawolves outshot Regina, 30-14.
2012-13 SEASON PREVIEW: Eighth-year head coach Dave Shyiak returns 16 players from last season, including the dependable goaltending combo of juniors Rob Gunderson and Chris Kamal ... Kamal, who backstopped the Seawolves to the 2011 WCHA Final Five as a rookie, registered a 3.46 GAA and an .877 saves percentage last year ... junior F Matt Bailey is UAA's leading returning scorer with 10-7-17 totals, and will be joined by six seniors as the veteran anchors of the team ... senior D Scott Warner was productive on the offensive end with 2-13-15 numbers and senior F Jordan Kwas is a dangerous offensive threat, racking up 14 points last year despite playing in just 21 games ... the Seawolves added eight newcomers to their roster, including three Alaskans ... giving Gunderson and Kamal some competition will be 6-3, 180-pound Michael Matyas in the crease.
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.
2011-12 SEASON RECAP: The Seawolves concluded the 2011-12 campaign with a 9-25-2 overall record and a 5-22-1 slate in league play, falling to eventual Frozen Four qualifier Minnesota in the first round of the WCHA Playoffs ... highlighting the season was a 3-2 win over then-No. 1 Minnesota Duluth, along with upsets of No. 6 Colorado College and No. 15 Michigan Tech ... the Seawolves were 4-1-1 in non-conference play, winning the Kendall Hockey Classic and Brice Alaska Goal Rush tournaments ... UAA also landed a program-high-tying 14 on the WCHA Academic All-Conference Team and six to the WCHA Scholar-Athlete Team.
TEAM AWARDS: 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), Chris Kamal (Leon Thompson Fan Favorite) and Derek Docken (Rookie of the Year) and Corbin Karl (Most Improved).
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.