ALASKA ANCHORAGE (3-5-4, 1-4-3 WCHA) at MINNESOTA STATE (7-5-2, 5-5-0 WCHA)
Dec. 7-8, 2012 at Verizon Wireless Center
Game Times: 4:37/4:07 p.m. AST
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THIS WEEK: The Alaska Anchorage Seawolves head to Mankato, Minn., to take on the Minnesota State Mavericks in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association tilt, Dec. 7-8. Friday’s contest is scheduled for 4:37 p.m. AST, while the puck is set to drop at 4:07 p.m. AST on Saturday.
THE SERIES – UAA vs. MSU OVERALL: MSU leads, 35-23-9 AT MSU: MSU leads, 16-11-4 LAST MEETING: Feb. 11, 2012 (MSU won, 2-1) STREAK: MSU 2 NOTES: This weekend will be the first of two series this season ... last season the teams also met for two series, with the Mavericks going 2-1-1 … the Seawolves won on Nov. 25, 2011 (5-4) before taking three points in the series with a 5-5 tie on Nov. 26 in Minnesota … MSU then swept the conference series, Feb. 10-11, 2012 (3-2, 2-1) …UAA also swept a series at MSU, March 4-5, 2011 (4-0, 4-1) ... in the last 10 outings, MSU leads 5-3-2.
SCOUTING THE MAVERICKS: The Mavericks host the Seawolves with a season-high four-game winning streak that includes WCHA sweeps at Wisconsin (4-2, 4-2) and against Bemidji State (3-0, 6-1) ... prior to the two sweeps, MSU fell to Denver (4-3, 3-2), Nov. 9-10 ... the Mavericks are led offensively by sophomore forwards Matt Leitner (4-14–18) and Jean-Paul Lafontaine (3-10–13), while freshman G Stephon Williams (.923 sv%, 1.92 gaa, 4-3-1) has earned the starting role between the pipes over senior G Phil Cook (.883 sv %, 3.39 gaa, 3-2-1) ... MSU is led by first-year head coach Mike Hastings (St. Cloud State, ’93).
LAST TIME vs. MINNESOTA STATE: The Seawolves wrapped up their season-long six-game homestand with a sweep by Minnesota State at the Sullivan Arena ... MSU won, 3-2, 2-1, respectively, Feb. 10-11, 2012 … the loss on Friday night broke a five-game unbeaten streak against the Mavericks dating back to 2010-11 ... scoring for the Seawolves was then-sophomore F Matt Bailey, who collected a power-play goal on Friday and UAA’s lone goal on Saturday ... also scoring on the man advantage was then-junior D Scott Warner – his second of the season ... picking up his first collegiate multi-point night Friday was then-freshman D Austin Coldwell with two assists, while junior F Mitch Bruijsten furnished two assists in the series.
LAST TIME OUT: The Seawolves travel to the Lower 48 after a series split with then-No. 14/5 St. Cloud State in Anchorage … the Huskies came back to win, 4-3 in overtime on Nov. 30, before UAA responded on Dec. 1, 3-1 ... on Friday, UAA gave up a 3-0 first period lead, as the Huskies tied the game in the third and scored the game-winning tally in extra minutes ... on Saturday, the Seawolves again took a 3-0 lead and held on to it, allowing just one SCSU goal in the final period ... six different skaters registered goals against the Huskies, including three firsts of the season – Hayden Trupp, Scott Warner and Daniel Naslund.
SEAWOLF BITES: Following the win on Dec. 1, UAA is now 1-3-2 against ranked opponents this season … the win broke a seven-game winless streak for UAA ... after the OT game on Nov. 30, the Seawolves have played in five games that have gone into sudden death, going 0-1-4 ... UAA registered one power-play goal over the weekend and is now 5-43 (.116) on the man advantage ... on the penalty kill, UAA is 37-49 ... the Seawolves have five WCHA points in six league games, good for 12th in the conference standings – just one point behind 11th place Bemidji State … UAA is faring much better on Saturday nights, going 2-1-3, with the only loss coming Nov. 24 against BSU ... UAA is 1-4-1 on Friday nights ... the Seawolves are 3-1-2 when scoring first ... the Seawolves are 2-0-2 when keeping an opponent scoreless on the man advantage ... the Seawolves are currently tied for No. 2 in the country with four shorthanded goals (Bentley, New Hampshire) – Union has five SHGs – while leading the WCHA ... the senior class leads the Seawolves with 24 points and 13 goals, while the freshman lead with 13 assists ... against St. Cloud State, the seniors 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 seven goals, while freshman F Blake Tatchell leads UAA with 10 points ... Allen (7-2–9), 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 with a .304 scoring percentage, placing 23 shots on net ... 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 ... Allen is currently tied for No. 20 on the WCHA scoring list ... Tatchell (3-7–10), from North Battleford, Sask., is currently tied for No. 12 in the nation for rookies in points per game (.83) and tied for No. 8 in the WCHA (.83) ... Tatchell is also enjoying a team- and career-high five-game point streak (1-5–6) ... after posting one assist over the weekend, junior F Matt Bailey is tied with Tatchell with seven helpers ... Bailey leads all active UAA skaters with 21 career goals and is tied with senior F Jordan Kwas with 45 career points ... Bailey, from Oakbank, Manitoba, has scored at least one point in six games this season, including two multi-point games ... UAA is 2-1-3 when Bailey registers a point ... scoring in a team-high-tying eight games is senior F Alex Gellert ... Gellert is tied for third on the team with Bailey with eight points and has five goals – already bypassing his goal total from any of his previous campaigns ... Kwas picked his fourth goal of the season over the weekend and his team-leading second power-play tally, giving UAA a 2-1-4 record when he furnishes a point ... with the goal, Kwas tied his goal total from his first two seasons ... receiving both starts in net against the Huskies was junior G Chris Kamal ... Kamal backstopped UAA to the win on Dec. 1 with a season-high 32 saves in net ... scoring their first goals of the season over the weekend were seniors Scott Warner (game-winning tally) and Daniel Naslund, while freshman Hayden Trupp recorded his first collegiate goal (Nov. 30) and assist (Dec. 1) ... posting a multi-point weekend was junior D Quinn Sproule (0-2–2), who dressed as a forward on Saturday.
INJURY UPDATE: Junior F Brett Cameron fractured his collarbone on Nov. 23 against Bemidji State and is expected to be out through the holidays.