ALASKA ANCHORAGE (3-7-4, 1-6-3 WCHA)
MINNESOTA DULUTH (5-8-3, 3-6-3 WCHA) Dec. 14-15, 2012 at Sullivan Arena
Game Times: 7:07 p.m. AST
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THIS WEEK: The Alaska Anchorage Seawolves return home to host Minnesota Duluth, Dec. 14-15 in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association series at the Sullivan Arena. The games are scheduled to commence at 7:07 p.m. AST.
THE SERIES – UAA vs. UMD OVERALL: UMD leads, 43-20-12 AT UAA: UMD leads, 15-16-6 LAST MEETING: Feb. 4, 2012 (UAA won, 3-2) STREAK: UAA 1 NOTES: Last season the teams met for two WCHA series with UMD sweeping at home, 5-0, 3-1 on Nov. 11-12, 2011, before the Seawolves split with then-No. 1 ranked UMD, Feb. 3-4, 2012 (1-4, 3-2) … the win on Feb. 4 broke a six-game losing streak to the Bulldogs … the last time UAA swept UMD at home was Nov. 4-5, 2004 (5-2, 3-0) … UMD leads the last 20 outings, 10-8-2.
SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS: The Bulldogs head to Anchorage following a WCHA split with Bemidji State, Dec. 7-8 ... the Bulldogs won 4-2 on Friday before the Beavers took Saturday, 2-1 ... UMD has also picked up conference wins against Michigan Tech (7-3) on Nov. 30 and St. Cloud State (2-1) on Nov. 23 ... the Bulldogs are led offensively by senior F Mike Seidel (10-8–18), freshman F Austin Farley (7-9–16) and freshman F Tony Cameranesi (6-9–15) ... splitting time between the pipes are junior G Aaron Crandall (.884 sv %, 3.10 gaa, 2-4-2) and freshman G Matt McNeely (.892 sv %, 2.84 gaa, 3-4-1), with Crandall dressing on Friday nights and McNeely playing on Saturdays.
LAST TIME vs. MINNESOTA DULUTH: The Seawolves collected their first split of the 2012 calendar year with a 4-1 loss on Feb. 3 and a 3-2 win on Feb. 4 against then-No. 1 ranked Minnesota Duluth ... on Friday night, UMD took a 3-0 lead with a natural hat trick by J.T. Brown, before junior F Mitch Bruijsten broke the shutout in the second frame with his team-leading 8th of the season ... Brown then scored his fourth of the game with five minutes left in the second for the 4-1 final ... on Saturday night, the Seawolves added a tally in the first from freshman F Corbin Karl and one in the second from then-sophomore F Matt Bailey for a 2-0 lead after 40 minutes of play ... Brown then scored again to cut the lead in half, but Bailey responded with a one-timer in the third for the 3-1 lead ... UMD picked up an extra-attacker goal with four minutes left in regulation, but excellent netminding by then-sophomore G Rob Gunderson held the Seawolves in the game for the upset.
LAST TIME OUT: Before hosting Minnesota Duluth, the Seawolves were swept for the first time of the season at Minnesota State … the Mavericks pulled out a 3-1 win on Dec. 7 and a 3-0 shutout on Dec. 8 ... on Friday, the Seawolves struck first for the third straight game, MSU came back with three unanswered goals ... on Saturday, the Mavericks used two goals in the second frame and one in the third for the WCHA sweep ... the lone UAA goal of the weekend was scored by junior F Matt Bailey with assists going to sophomore F Kory Roy and senior D Scott Warner.
SEAWOLF BITES: The 3-0 shutout on Dec. 8 at Minnesota State was UAA’s third of the season – the Seawolves have also been held scoreless against North Dakota (5-0) and Minnesota (4-0) ... the MSU sweep was the first time UAA failed to furnish a league point this season ... UAA scored first on Friday night for the third straight game ... with the loss, the Seawolves drop to 3-2-2 when scoring first ... UAA allowed one power-play tally each game and has now allowed one or less power-play goals in the last seven games, going 80 percent on the penalty kill in that span (20-25) ... following the win on Dec. 1 against then-No. 14 St. Cloud State, UAA is now 1-3-2 against ranked opponents this season … that 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 is faring much better on Saturday nights, going 2-2-3 compared to 1-5-1 on Friday nights ... the Seawolves are 2-0-2 when keeping an opponent scoreless on the man advantage ... the Seawolves are currently tied for No. 3 in the country with four shorthanded goals (Bentley, Colgate, New Hampshire) – Union and Miami have five SHGs – while leading the WCHA ... the senior class leads the Seawolves with 25 points and 13 goals, while the freshmen lead with 13 assists ... ... 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, junior F Matt Bailey broke a 10-game goalless drought with his second of the season and first WCHA tally on Dec. 7 … Bailey’s last goal was Oct. 13 against Air Force, while he picked up an assist Dec. 1 in UAA’s win over then-No. 14 St. Cloud State for a two-game point streak … Bailey is now tied for second on the team with nine points and leads all current UAA skaters with 46 points and 22 goals … Bailey, from Oakbank, Manitoba, has scored at least one point in seven games this season, including two multi-point games ... UAA is 2-2-3 when Bailey registers a point ... assisting on the play was sophomore F Kory Roy – his fourth of the season … Roy, a local of Anchorage, is still searching for his first collegiate tally … senior D Scott Warner was credited with the second helper on the goal, also giving the Anchorage native a two-game point streak following a goal on Dec. 1 … with the assist, Warner leads all current Seawolf skaters with 1-5—6 totals against Minnesota State … junior G Chris Kamal made his sixth and seventh starts in net this season and third straight, Dec. 7-8 … Kamal registered a career- and season-high 37 saves in net on Friday before posting 32 saves on Saturday … Kamal’s previous best was 35 on March 4, 2011 against MSU ... Kamal’s save percentage over the weekend was .920 … for the second and third straight nights, D Quinn Sproule dressed at forward … unable to tally a point on Friday night was rookie Blake Tatchell, breaking a team- and season-high five game point streak ... Tatchell (3-7–10), from North Battleford, Sask., is currently tied for No. 19 in the nation for rookies in points per game (.71) and tied for No. 10 in the WCHA (.83) ... sophomore F Scott Allen leads the Seawolves with seven goals ... 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 .280 scoring percentage, placing 25 shots on net ... Allen is currently tied for No. 25 on the WCHA goal list ... scoring in a team-high-tying eight games is senior F Alex Gellert ... Gellert is fourth on the team with eight points and has five goals – already bypassing his goal total from any of his previous campaigns.
INJURY UPDATE: Junior F Brett Cameron fractured his collarbone on Nov. 23 against Bemidji State and is expected to be out through the holidays.
KARL DEPARTS UAA: Head hockey coach Dave Shyiak announced Dec. 5 that sophomore Corbin Karl will not be returning to the Seawolves for the second half of the season after the holiday break ... Karl, a local of Foremost, Alberta, who has yet to dress in a game this year, posted three goals and three assists in 24 games during his rookie campaign.