No. 14/15 ST. CLOUD STATE (7-5-0, 5-3-0 WCHA) VS. ALASKA ANCHORAGE (2-4-4, 0-3-3 WCHA)
Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 2012 at Sullivan Arena
Game Times: 7:07 p.m. AST
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THIS WEEK: The Alaska Anchorage Seawolves return to the George M. Sullivan Arena, Nov. 30-Dec. 1 when they entertain the No. 14/15-ranked St. Cloud State Huskies for a Western Collegiate Hockey Association pair. The games are scheduled to commence at 7:07 p.m. AST.
THE SERIES – UAA vs. SCSU OVERALL: SCSU leads, 49-16-6 AT UAA: SCSU leads, 16-12-2 LAST MEETING: Feb. 18, 2012 (SCSU won, 8-3) STREAK: SCSU 1 NOTES: UAA is 3-2-0 in the last five games against SCSU … the teams met three times last season, with UAA winning in overtime on Oct. 8, 2011 (4-3) in the Kendall Hockey Classic, before the teams split a WCHA series on Feb. 17-18, 2012 … UAA picked up its first win ever in the National Hockey Center on Feb. 17 (4-3 OT) and first on the road against SCSU since Nov. 7, 1987 (5-4) … the Huskies responded on Feb. 18 with an 8-3 win … the last time the teams met for a league series in Anchorage was Nov. 19-20, 2010, with UAA wining on Friday, 3-2, before SCSU won Saturday, 4-3.
SCOUTING THE HUSKIES: St. Cloud State enters the weekend ranked No. 14 in the USCHO.com Div. I Men’s Poll and No. 15 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll (see complete polls on page 4) ... the Huskies, sporting the league’s best scoring defense at 2.00 gpg, are currently tied for second in the conference with 10 points ... SCSU is coming off a WCHA split with Minnesota Duluth, Nov. 23-24 ... UMD won, 2-1 on Friday, before SCSU came back to win on Saturday, 5-1 ... prior to the UMD series, the Huskies split with North Dakota (0-3, 5-2) and Denver (3-0, 1-6) ... SCSU is led offensively by junior F Nic Dowd (8-9–17), senior F Drew LeBlanc (5-10–15) and freshman F Kalle Kossila (6-4–10) ... dressing in 11 games in net is sophomore G Ryan Faragher (6-5-0, .927 sv%, 2.14 gaa) – this week’s WCHA Defensive Player of the Week.
LAST TIME vs. ST. CLOUD STATE: UAA split a WCHA road series with St. Cloud State, Feb. 17-18, 2012 ... UAA picked up a 3-2 overtime win on Friday night, before SCSU retaliated on Saturday with a 8-3 victory at the National Hockey Center ... on Friday, the Seawolves received two goals from freshman F Eric Scheid – including the game winner – and one from then-junior F Daniel Naslund ... on Saturday, the Seawolves kept the game close before the Huskies exploded for five goals in the third period for the conference split ... UAA goals were scored by senior F/D Curtis Leinweber, sophomore F Mark Pustin and then-freshman F Scott Allen.
LAST TIME OUT: The Seawolves entertain the St. Cloud State Huskies following a conference series in Bemidji, Minn., Nov. 23-24 ... the teams skated to a 2-2 tie on Friday night before BSU won, 5-4, on Saturday ... on Friday, the Seawolves struck first in the second frame with a tally from freshman F Blake Tatchell, before allowing the Beavers back-to-back goals in the third ... sophomore D Austin Coldwell found the equalizer at 15:29 of the period to send the game into extra minutes ... on Saturday, the Seawolves got behind 4-1 at the halfway mark of the game, before coming back to tie the game 4-4 with less than five minutes to go ... unfortunately, the comeback fell short as BSU netted the game winner at 17:31 ... sophomore F Scott Allen registered two goals and one assist to lead the Seawolves.
SEAWOLF BITES: Nov. 23 was UAA’s second straight 2-2 tie after tying then-No. 2 ranked Minnesota 2-2 on Nov. 10 … UAA has played four overtime games this season, with each ending in a tie … the tie also broke BSU’s three-game winning streak against UAA … the Seawolves registered a season-low one penalty, and placed a season-high 32 shots on goal and a season-high four in overtime ... the 14 SOG in the second was also a season-high … on Saturday night, UAA came back from a 4-1 deficit to tie the game at 4-4 but BSU prevailed in the final minutes with the game-winning strike … even though UAA’s comeback fell short, UAA did tally two power-play goals, doubling its PPG total from the first nine games … the Seawolves registered a season-high-tying 11 points and a season-high seven assists ... UAA outshot BSU, 27-23 – just the second time the Seawolves have outshot an opponent this season the loss on Nov. 24 gives UAA a six-game winless streak … UAA is 0-3-2 against ranked opponents this season … the Seawolves have three WCHA points in six league games, good for 12th in the conference standings … UAA is fairing much better on Saturday nights, going 1-1-3, with the loss coming Nov. 24 against BSU ... UAA is 1-3-1 on Friday nights ... the Seawolves are 2-0-2 when scoring first ... the Seawolves are currently tied for No. 2 in the country with four shorthanded goals (Bentley) – Union has five SHGs – while leadings the WCHA ... the sophomore class leads the Seawolves with 17 points and is tied with the seniors with nine goals ... against BSU, the sophomores accounted for 4-of-6 tallies ... the Seawolves completed the month of October with a 2-2-2 (.500) record – their best winning percentage in the opening month since the 2008-09 slate when they went 4-2-1 (.642) ... UAA earned its first WCHA point of the season with the 3-3 tie on Oct. 27 – UAA’s first non-loss at UND since Nov. 14, 2008 ... at the completion of four of the six non-conference games this season, UAA is 2-1-1 … Dave Shyiak is 18-8-6 (.656) all-time in the first four games … the Seawolves claimed their second straight Kendall Hockey Classic title on Oct. 12-13 … UAA is now, 22-14-10 overall in the Classic ... UAA is now 8-3-5 in under Shyiak in the Kendall Hockey Classic, with titles in 2006, 2011 and 2012 ... the Seawolves are now 6-0-2 in season-openers under Shyiak ... UAA hasn’t lost a season-opener since 2000 against Michigan State (5-4); since then, UAA has gone 9-0-3 in season-openers ... the shutout on Oct. 12 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.
PLAYER NOTES: Individually, sophomore F Scott Allen leads the Seawolves with six goals and is tied with freshman F Blake Tatchell for the lead in points with eight ... Allen, who was named to the Kendall Hockey Classic all-tournament team, has easily bypassed his goal total from his rookie campaign (3) ... Allen also leads UAA in shots on goal with 21 and a .286 scoring percentage ... Allen recorded his second multi-point game of the season with two goals and one assist, Nov. 24 – he also posted two goals and an assist on Oct. 20 against Mercyhurst ... Tatchell (3-5–8), from North Battleford, Sask., is currently tied for No. 16 in the nation for points per game (.80) and tied for No. 7 in the WCHA (.83) ... Tatchell is also enjoying a career-high three-game point streak (1-3–4) ... after posting two assists over the weekend, junior F Matt Bailey leads UAA with six helpers ... Bailey leads all active UAA skaters with 21 career goals and 44 career points ... the Oakbank, Manitoba, native has scored at least one point in five games this season, including two multi-point games ... UAA is 1-1-3 when Bailey registers a point ... scoring in a team-high seven games is senior F Alex Gellert ... Gellert is tied for third on the team with Bailey with seven points and has five goals – already bypassing his goal total from any of his previous campaigns ... senior F Jordan Kwas picked up a helper against BSU, giving UAA a 1-0-4 record when he furnishes a point ... Kwas needs one more tally to tie his goal total from his first two seasons ... receiving both starts in net against the Beavers was junior G Rob Gunderson … Gunderson (combined 48 saves) earned the tie on Friday and the loss for a 1-1-4 record … recording his first point of the season was sophomore F Andrew Pettitt on Nov. 24, while rookies Chris Williams, Bobby Murphy and Hayden Trupp are looking for their first collegiate points.
INJURY UPDATE: Junior F Brett Cameron fractured his collarbone on Nov. 23 against Bemidji State and is expected to be out through the holidays.
WARNER PROMOTED: Head bench boss Dave Shyiak announced Nov. 19 that senior defenseman Scott Warner has been named an assistant captain for the remainder of the season ... Warner, a local of Anchorage, will join junior Matt Bailey as an assistant captain, while senior Chris Crowell dresses as this season’s captain.
PICKERING RETIRING FROM HOCKEY: Junior F Andrew Pickering (Vancouver, B.C.) retired from hockey due to multiple concussions and other health concerns, announced on Nov. 5 ... head bench boss Dave Shyiak said the UAA program will continue to help Pickering as he moves forward.
2012-13 SEAWOLF CAPTAINS: For the first time since the 2009-10 season, UAA has a lone captain in senior F Chris Crowell, while junior F Matt Bailey and senior D Scott Warner dress as the assistant captains.