HOUGHTON, Mich. – The Michigan Tech Huskies retaliated from last night’s loss to hand the Alaska Anchorage Seawolves a 6-1 defeat, while taking the 2013 Winter Carnival title in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association series at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena on Saturday.
After suffering a 5-4 come-from-behind loss on Friday, the Huskies (9-14-4, 6-12-4 WCHA) came back with three goals in the first, two in the second and one in the third for their first Winter Carnival title since 2010. The Seawolves (4-17-7, 2-16-6 WCHA) ended the shutout in the second, but failed to convert on opportunities, breaking their three-game unbeaten streak.
Much like Friday night, the Huskies came out and took an early two-goal lead with tallies by Walker Hyland and Malcolm Gould, just a 1:10 apart at 7:57 and 9:07, respectively. With less than two minutes left in the opening stanza, MTU extended its lead to three with a strike by Milos Gordic.
UAA ended the shutout at 8:56 when sophomore Scott Allen went top-shelf, glove side on Pheonix Copley – UAA’s first shot on goal in the second and Allen’s team-leading 11th of the season. Junior Jordan Kwas, UAA’s game-winning goal scorer from last night, picked up the helper.
The momentum failed to swing in favor of the Seawolves though, as the Huskies found the back of the net twice, less than a minute apart at 17:14 and 18:10. MTU’s Alex Petan then registered the final tally at 9:27 of the third on the man advantage.
Gunderson (2-8-4), who kept UAA in the game on Friday night, received the loss tonight with 10 saves, while Kamal registered 27 in relief, including 19 in the second frame. Copley (21 saves) recorded the win and improved to 6-10-1 on the season.
For the second straight night, the Huskies posted a commanding lead for shots on goal, outshooting UAA, 43-25. The Seawolves were scoreless on two power-play attempts, while MTU went 2-for-5.
The Seawolves will return home to entertain Nebraska Omaha on Feb. 15-16. The weekend also doubles as Parent’s Weekend and Senior Night on Saturday. The games are scheduled to commence at 7:07 p.m. AST both evenings.