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Junior Matt Bailey picked up a goal and an assist in tonight's tie with Colorado College.
Courtesy: Sam Wasson/UAA Athletics

UAA hangs on for 3-3 tie with Tigers

Courtesy: UAA Sports Information
Release: 02/02/2013
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ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Anchorage Seawolves and the Colorado College Tigers each enjoyed a power-play opportunity in extra minutes, but neither was able to capitalize, ending the Western Collegiate Hockey Association game in a 3-3 tie on Saturday evening at the Sullivan Arena.

The Seawolves (3-16-7, 1-15-6 WCHA) led 2-0 through the mid-way point of the game before the Tigers (10-14-4, 7-10-3 WCHA) responded with three of their own - including a penalty shot. With the extra attacker, Scott Warner netted the game-tying goal with 1:13 left in regulation to send the game into extra minutes.

For the second straight night the Seawolves were first to strike, this time with a 4-on-3 power-play tally by sophomore defenseman Austin Coldwell at 14:57 - breaking a 15-game goalless drought for the Vancouver, Wash., native. Senior Alex Gellert, who had been scoreless in UAA's previous 13-game winless streak, picked up the assist along with the Seawolves' point leader Blake Tatchell.

Junior Matt Bailey extended UAA's lead to two at 4:23 of the second on a pass from Coldwell and junior Jordan Kwas, before Mike Boivin cut the lead in half at 17:36.

UAA's one-goal lead held until Coldwell pulled Anchorage native William Rapuzzi down on a tripping call, setting up a penalty shot at 8:07. Rapuzzi was able to get by netminder Chris Kamal with a backhander - the first UAA allowed penalty-shot goal since March 11, 2011.

CC's Archie Skalbeck gave the Tigers their first lead of the game at 16:41, before Warner, from Anchorage, returned the favor at 18:47. Bailey and senior Daniel Naslund, who returned tonight following an illness, received the helpers.

Both team enjoyed a rare man-advantage opportunity in overtime, but neither could convert, giving the teams a tie for the second straight night.

UAA outshot CC for the second consecutive night, 21-17 and posted its first multi power-play night since Nov. 24 at Bemidji State. Kamal made 14 saves, while Joe Howe was credited with 18.

The Seawolves hit the road to Houghton, Mich., to take on the Michigan Tech Huskies in a WCHA series on Feb. 8-9.


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