ALASKA ANCHORAGE (3-14-5, 1-13-4 WCHA) vs. No. 20 WISCONSIN (9-8-5, 6-5-5 WCHA)
Jan. 25-26, 2013 at the Kohl Center
Game Times: 4:07 p.m. AST / 5:07 p.m. AST
Live Stats: UWBadgers.com
Live Audio: Kurt Haider on KTZN 550 AM /GoSeawolves.com ($),
/ iHeart Radio
Live Video Stream: None
Television: GCI Channel 1, FS Wisconsin + (delayed)
Game Updates: UAA’s Facebook & Twitter
THIS WEEK: The Alaska Anchorage Seawolves will hit the road and travel to Madison, Wis., to face the Badgers for the second time this month in a WCHA tilt, Jan. 25-26. Friday’s game is slated for 4:07 p.m. AST, while Saturday’s game is scheduled to start an hour later.
THE SERIES – UAA vs. UW
OVERALL: UW leads, 51-14-9 AT UW: UW leads, 30-7-3
LAST MEETING: Jan. 5, 2013 (UW won, 1-0) STREAK: UW 5
NOTES: The teams met Jan. 4-5 in Anchorage, with the Badgers sweeping, 5-3, 1-0 … this will be the 75th and 76th all-time meeting between the teams … last season the teams met for one series – Jan. 20-21, 2012 – with the Badgers sweeping the Seawolves in Wisconsin, 4-0, 3-2 … the last time UAA won at the Kohl Center was March 12, 2005 (2-1) in the WCHA First Round Playoffs … the last UAA sweep in Madison was Nov. 10-11, 2000 (5-3, 3-2).
UAA vs. UW COMPARISON
Overall Stats UAA UW
Scoring Offense 1.91 (57th) 2.23(T-48th)
Scoring Defense 3.32 (52nd) 2.05 (6th)
Penalty Minutes 14.2 (14th) 12.9 (30th)
Power Play 9.5 (55th) 57th (9.1)
Penalty Kill 74.4 (58th) 82.3 (33rd)
WCHA Stats UAA UW
Scoring Offense 1.72 (12th) 2.19 (11th)
Scoring Defense 3.44 (11th) 2.25 (T-1st)
Penalty Minutes 14.3 (6th) 13.8 (8th)
Power Play 10.0 (11th) 7.8 (12th)
Penalty Kill 72.5 (12th) 83.3 (4th)
SCOUTING THE BADGERS: Wisconsin hosts UAA after breaking a season-high seven-game winning streak with a 2-1 loss to Miami on Jan. 19 ... in the span, the Badgers posted WCHA sweeps over UAA and Minnesota State ... UW also defeated Miami on Jan. 18, 1-0 ... currently, the Badgers are five points out of first place in the league standings at No. 8 ... this weekend marks UW’s first league series at home since Dec. 7-8 ... Wisconsin is led offensively by junior Michael Mersch (13-5–18), senior F Derek Lee (3-14–17) and junior F Mark Zengerle (3-8–11) ...dressing in 14 game in the crease is sophomore Joel Rumpel (5-6-3, .933 sv%, 1.83 gaa), while sophomore Landon Peterson (4-2-2, .932 sv%, 1.93 gaa) has suited up in nine.
LAST TIME vs. WISCONSIN: The Seawolves were swept at home by the Wisconsin Badgers, 5-3, 1-0 on Jan. 4-5 ... on Friday, the Badgers took a 4-1 lead in the third period before UAA battled back with two of its own – both by senior F Jordan Kwas – for a 4-3 score ... the Seawolves pulled netminder Chris Kamal in the final minutes of play, but were unable to find the equalizer and suffered an empty-net tally ... on Saturday, the Badgers netted the lone goal in the second frame and were able to hold off the Seawolves in the final frame.
LAST TIME OUT: The Seawolves entertained then-No. 14 Minnesota State, Jan. 18-19, at the Sullivan Arena ... the teams tied, 3-3 on Friday, before MSU skated away with a 4-0 shutout on Saturday ... on Jan. 18, the Seawolves fell behind 3-1 before netting two of its own in a span of 40 seconds in the third frame to send the game into extra minutes ... all three of UAA’s tallies were scored by freshmen – Hayden Trupp, Blake Tatchell and Bobby Murphy ... on Jan. 19, the Mavericks used a goal in the first and three in the second for the 4-0 win.
SEAWOLF BITES: The tie on Jan. 18 vs. Minnesota State snapped an eight-game losing streak for the Seawolves ... UAA is 0-12-2 when trailing after the second period, with its second tie coming on Jan. 18 ... five of UAA’s seven points on that night came from freshmen ... the UAA freshman class has seven goals and a team-high 23 assists ... UAA also outshot the Mavericks, 24-22 ... UAA has only outshot its opponent four times this season and is 1-2-1 when doing so ... both teams were 1-for-3 on the power play – UAA’s power-play goal on Friday night was its first since Jan. 4 vs. Wisconsin, breaking a three game scoreless streak … on Saturday, Jan. 19, the Seawolves were held scoreless for the fifth time of the season and extended their winless streak to 10 games – the sixth-longest victory-free skid in the program’s 34-season history … after the OT game on Friday, the Seawolves have played in six games that have gone into sudden death, going 0-1-5 ... UAA is faring much better on Saturday nights, going 2-6-3 compared to 1-8-2 on Friday nights ... the Seawolves are 2-3-2 when keeping an opponent scoreless on the man advantage ... the Seawolves currently have four shorthanded goals – the most since scoring 10 in 2010 ... the senior class leads the Seawolves with 34 points and 18 goals ... currently, 10 Seawolves have dressed in all 22 contests ... 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, freshman F Blake Tatchell netted his first collegiate power-play goal on Friday and the first PPG for a UAA freshman then season ... Tatchell now leads UAA with a team-high 13 points and nine assists ... Tatchell (.56) is tied for No. 8 on the WCHA freshman scoring list ... Tatchell leads UAA by scoring at least one point in 11 of the 22 games this season ... scoring UAA’s first tally on Jan. 18 was Anchorage’s F Hayden Trupp, his second of career – first was against St. Cloud State, Nov. 30 ... joining his classmates with his first collegiate goal was freshman F Bobby Murphy, while freshman D Blake Leask earned his first multi-point game with two assists on Friday ... Leask leads UAA defensemen with seven points and is searching for his first collegiate goal ... skating at forward for the last 10 games is junior D/F Quinn Sproule after skating at defense for his entire collegiate career ... picking up an assist on Tatchell’s tally sophomore F Scott Allen ... Allen (8-3–11), 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 .235 scoring percentage, placing 34 shots on net ... junior F Matt Bailey leads all current UAA skaters with 49 career points … Bailey, from Oakbank, Manitoba, has scored at least one point in nine games this season, including two multi-point games ... in the midst of a 10-game scoreless streak is senior F Alex Gellert, matching UAA’s current 10-game winless streak ... Gellert is fifth on the team with eight points and has five goals – already bypassing his goal total from any of his previous campaigns ... junior F Jordan Kwas posted two goals and an assist on Jan. 4 for his first career three-point game ... Kwas’ first tally was on the man advantage, giving him a team-high three PPG this season ... Kwas also leads all current UAA skaters with 8 PPG, having just 14 career even-strength tallies.