ALASKA ANCHORAGE (4-17-7, 2-16-6 WCHA) vs. No. 16 NEBRASKA OMAHA (16-12-2, 12-8-2 WCHA)
Feb. 15-16, 2013 at the Sullivan Arena
Game Times: 7:07 p.m. AST
Live Stats: GoSeawolves.com
Live Audio: Kurt Haider on KTZN 550 AM /GoSeawolves.com ($),
/ iHeart Radio / UAA iPhone app
Live Video Stream: GoSeawolves.com (free)
Television: GCI Channel 1 - tape delayed at 10:30 p.m. AST
Game Updates: UAA’s Facebook & Twitter
PROMOTIONS & EVENTS
Friday: 11:30 SAA Blueline Luncheon at Cuddy, Parent’s Night, Seawolf bag tags to first 1,000 fans, announcement of WCHA Scholar Athletes
Saturday: 3-on-3 Challenge at 1-4 p.m. AST, Senior Night.
Both Nights: Family 4 Pack (4 tickets, 4 hotdogs, & 4 sodas for $39.00 with a $3.50 order processing fee)
Surf to GoSeawolves.com for ongoing promotions and more information.
THIS WEEK: The Alaska Anchorage Seawolves return to the Sullivan Arena to host No. 16-ranked Nebraska Omaha in the final Western Collegiate Hockey Association home series of the season, Feb. 15-16. The games are scheduled to commence at 7:07 p.m. AST both evenings.
THE SERIES – UAA vs. UNO
OVERALL: UNO leads, 3-2-1 AT UAA: Tied, 1-1
LAST MEETING: Oct. 22, 2012 (UNO won, 3-1) STREAK: UNO 3
NOTES: The Seawolves and Mavericks will face each other for the first and only time this season after playing in three games last season ... the teams met at the Brice Alaska Goal Rush with UAA winning 3-0, before UNO swept the only league series (4-1, 3-1) on Oct. 21-22 in the first meeting ever in Omaha.
UAA vs. UNO COMPARISON
Overall Stats UAA UNO
Scoring Offense 2.00 (57th) 3.43 (3rd)
Scoring Defense 3.39 (53rd) 2.77 (t-33rd)
Penalty Minutes 13.9 (18th) 14.1 (17th)
Power Play 12.6 (54th) 19.2 (t-19th)
Penalty Kill 72.7 (58th) 82.8 (31st)
WCHA Stats UAA UNO
Scoring Offense 1.88 (12th) 3.36 (t-2nd)
Scoring Defense 3.50 (t-11th) 2.95 (7th)
Penalty Minutes 13.9 (7th) 15.0 (t-4th)
Power Play 13.6 (11th) 16.7 (10th)
Penalty Kill 70.8 (12th) 80.5 (9th)
SCOUTING THE MAVERICKS: The Mavericks head north following a home sweep by North Dakota on Feb. 8-9 (2-1, 5-2) ... added with a split with Michigan Tech on Feb. 1-2, UNO is currently in a three-game losing streak after being undefeated for four ... the Mavs are currently tied for No. 3 in the league with Minnesota with 26 points ... UNO is led offensively by junior F Ryan Walters (17-25–42), sophomore F Josh Archibald (16-13–39) and sophomore F Dominic Zombo (10-17–27) ... dressing in 23 games between the pipes is senior G John Faulkner (.892 sv%, 2.84 gaa, 14-6-2) ... head coach Dean Blais is in his fourth season at UNO.
LAST TIME vs. NEBRASKA OMAHA: Nebraska Omaha collected the WCHA sweep over UAA with a 4-1 on Oct. 21 and a 3-1 win on Oct. 22, 2011 ... on Friday night, UNO took a 1-0 lead in the 1st and held on to it until the third before adding three more ... UAA got its only goal by junior F Mickey Spencer at 17:36 of the final stanza to end the shutout – assists were credited to defensemen Brad Gorham and Scott Warner ... on Oct. 22, UAA was first to strike with a tally by junior F Mitch Bruijsten, but the momentum was quick lived as UNO responded with a goal apiece in each of the frames ... then-sophomore F Matt Bailey picked up the lone helper.
LAST TIME OUT: The Seawolves will see the Nebraska Omaha Mavericks after splitting a conference road series with the Michigan Tech Huskies, Feb. 8-9 ... on Friday night, UAA came back to win the game, 5-4, after trailing 4-1 ... junior F Jordan Kwas netted the game-winning goal with 45 seconds remaining in the third period for the WCHA win ... on Saturday, the Huskies used three goals in the first, two in the second and one in the third for their first Winter Carnival title since 2010 ... the lone UAA goal was netted by sophomore F Scott Allen, with Kwas picking up the helper.
SEAWOLF BITES: On Feb. 8 against the Michigan Tech Huskies, the Seawolves broke a 14-game winless streak with a 5-4 come-from-behind win and extended their unbeaten streak to three games, before losing 6-1 on Feb. 9 ... UAA also broke a three-game losing streak to the Huskies with the win ... on Friday, the Seawolves were perfect on the man advantage, going 2-for-2 – the first time this season UAA has posted back-to-back multi power-play goal nights ... UAA also went 2-8 against Colorado College on Feb. 2 ... the Seawolves scored a season-high three goals in the third period, while being tagged for a season-high 12 penalties and 32 minutes ... the Seawolves allowed a season-high 44 shots on goal by the Huskies, before MTU posted a season-high 21 on net in the second period on Saturday ... UAA now holds a 9-8-3 edge over MTU in the last 20 games ... on Feb. 1-2, Seawolves forged their sixth and seventh ties of the season – the seventh tie is one short of the program record of eight (2007-08) ... the junior class is leading the Seawolves with 44 points, 17 goals and seven power-play tallies ... the freshman class is a close second with 40 points and a team-high 30 assists ... after the OT games against CC, the Seawolves have played in eight games that have gone into sudden death, going 0-1-7 ... the Seawolves currently have four shorthanded goals – the most since scoring 10 in 2010 ... currently, 10 Seawolves have dressed in all 24 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 and picked up his 80th career win on Feb. 8 at MTU … 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: Junior F Jordan Kwas, who was questionable to play over the past weekend with the flu, registered his second career three-point game and first multi-goal game of his career with two goals and an assist on Friday night at MTU ... combined with an assist on Saturday night, Kwas extended his current point streak to a career- and team- high six games with 3-6–9 totals in that span ... Kwas’ power-play goal on Feb. 8 was his team-leading fifth of the season, while his game-winning strike was the second of his career ... Kwas owns nine career power-play goals, with just 15 goals coming at even strength ... the Cochrane, Alberta, native now leads current UAA skaters with 57 points ... also posting his first career three-point game was UAA’s point leader F Blake Tatchell with a goal and two assists ... Tatchell leads UAA with 21 points and 14 assists ... Tatchell, who’s three-game point streak with 2-4–6 totals came to an end on Saturday, currently ranks tied for No. 16 in the nation with .75 points per game ... Tatchell’s seven goals rank him tied for No. 25 on the all-time UAA rookie list and are the most for a UAA freshman since Matt Bailey posted 10 in 2010-11 ... Tatchell leads UAA by scoring at least one point in 15 of the 28 games this season ... junior G Rob Gunderson took over in the first period on Friday and posted a season-high 36 saves, while picking up his fourth career assist and second of the season … likewise on Saturday, Gunderson received the start, but junior G Chris Kamal stepped in after the first intermission and made a season-high-tying 19 saves in the second period …scoring UAA’s lone goal on Saturday was sophomore F Scott Allen – his team-leading 11th of the season … Allen also registered two assists on Friday for a three-point weekend ... Allen (11-6–17), who was named to the Kendall Hockey Classic all-tournament team in October, has easily bypassed his goal total from his rookie campaign (3) … posting a multi-point game on Feb. 8 was Bailey with a goal and an assist – he leads all current UAA skaters with 11 career multi-point games and 26 career goals.