2012-13 UAA hockey season recap
TEAM AWARDS: Freshman Blake Tatchell was selected as the Most Valuable Player on March 29 as the UAA hockey team wrapped up the 2012-13 campaign with its annual team banquet at the Anchorage Marriott Downtown ... other individual honors went to seniors Chris Crowell (Jack Peterson Student-Athlete), Tyler Currier (Leon Thompson Fan Favorite), Daniel Naslund (Corner Man) and Scott Warner (Most Inspirational) and freshman Bobby Murphy (Most Improved).
SENIOR SEND OFF: The Seawolves said goodbye to five seniors at the conclusion of the 2012-13 campaign – Chris Crowell, Tyler Currier, Alex Gellert, Daniel Naslund and Scott Warner ... the five combined for 567 games played, 43 goals and 134 assists.
COACHING CHANGE: UAA’s fourth head coach Dave Shyiak concluded his time at UAA with an overall record of 80-177-33 over eight seasons ... in his tenure, Shyiak led the Seawolves to the program’s second appearance to the WCHA Final Five in 2011, while finishing 20th in the NCAA Pairwise rankings this season ... Shyiak steered UAA to its most league wins in 2010-11 and became UAA’s second-most winningest coach in program history ... he also led the Seawolves to three straight Governor’s Cup titles from 2006-09.
WCHA FIRST ROUND RECAP: The Seawolves’ season came to an end following a 6-1, 5-1 sweep in the WCHA First Round at No. 8 St. Cloud State on March 15-16 ... despite a career-high 41 saves from junior Chris Kamal, the Seawolves’ (4-25-7, 2-22-6 WCHA) season came to a conclusion when the Huskies erupted for four goals in the final frame to advance to the 2013 Red Baron WCHA Final Five in St. Paul, Minn. ... UAA’s lone goals over the weekend were netted by senior D Scott Warner (Friday) and freshman Blake Tatchell (Saturday).
UAA IN THE POSTSEASON: UAA is 6-39 in the WCHA First Round, having picked up five of those wins against Wisconsin and Minnesota ... at the WCHA Final Five, UAA is 1-3 ... the lone Seawolf win came against Colorado College on March 18, 2004 in the play-in game, ... the Seawolves advanced to the semifinals, where they fell to North Dakota (4-2) on March 19 and then to Minnesota Duluth (4-2) in the 3rd-place game on March 20.
WCHA SCHOLAR-ATHLETES: Six members of the UAA hockey team were among a record 114 men and women named to the 2012-13 Western Collegiate Hockey Association Scholar-Athlete Team on Feb. 13 ... led by three-time honoree in senior Chris Crowell, the Seawolves’ six recipients is a program high, tying last season’s six ... picking up their second career award were senior Scott Warner and junior Matt Bailey, while senior Daniel Naslund, junior Quinn Sproule and sophomore Kory Roy each received the accolade for the first time.
WCHA ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM: UAA landed a program-high-tying 14 student-athletes to the men’s All-WCHA Academic Team for the 2012-13 season on March 14 ... earning the recognition for the third time of their careers were seniors Chris Crowell, Alex Gellert and Scott Warner, while classmates Tyler Currier and Daniel Naslund earned the second of their careers ... for the junior class, the Seawolves were represented by Matt Bailey, Brett Cameron, Chris Kamal and Quinn Sproule with the second of their careers, while junior Andrew Pickering and sophomores Scott Allen, Austin Coldwell, Corbin Karl and Kory Roy collected their first.
2013-14 SCHEDULE RELEASE: UAA Athletic Director Dr. Steve Cobb announced the 2013-14 Seawolf hockey schedule on March 5 ... the slate will include two in-season tournaments, 14 Western Collegiate Hockey Association series and a four-game Alaska Airlines Governor’s Cup competition ... UAA will play four games each against Alaska Fairbanks, Bowling Green, Minnesota State, Lake Superior State and Alabama Huntsville and two games each against Michigan Tech, Northern Michigan, Ferris State and Bemidji State ... the schedule also includes two non-conference games against Wisconsin and one each against Denver, Western Michigan, Quinnipiac and Air Force.
SEAWOLF BITES: The Alaska Anchorage Seawolves’ season came to an end with a 6-1, 5-1 loss to then-No. 8 St. Cloud State in the WCHA First Round … in the playoffs, the Seawolves are now 6-39 and 1-3 at the WCHA Final Five … the Seawolves have only advanced to the WCHA Final Five twice, with the last coming in 2011 when they defeated Minnesota at Mariucci in the First Round (4-3, 2-0) …the Seawolves concluded the season with an overall record of 4-25-7 and a 2-20-6 WCHA slate … after the OT game on March 2, the Seawolves played in 10 games that had gone into sudden death, going 0-2-8 ... at the completion of all six non-conference games this season, UAA finished with a 2-3-1 record ... the Seawolves posted four shorthanded goals – the most since scoring 10 in 2010 ... seven Seawolves dressed in all 36 contests ... on Feb. 1-2, Seawolves forged their sixth and seventh ties of the season, finishing one short of the program record of eight (2007-08) ... the freshman class led the Seawolves this season, posting 50 points, while the junior class had 49 … the rookies also led with 35 assists, while the junior class posted a team-high 18 goals and eight power-play strikes …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 … Dave Shyiak concluded his career at UAA with a 18-8-6 (.656) all-time record in the first four games, while picking 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 finished 8-3-5 under Shyiak in the Kendall Hockey Classic, with titles in 2006, 2011 and 2012 ... the Seawolves were 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: Scoring UAA’s only goals of the weekend against St. Cloud State in the WCHA First Round were senior Scott Warner (Friday) and freshman Blake Tatchell (Saturday) … Warner (Anchorage) finished his final season with UAA with 3-3–6 totals from the blueline with the three goals tying his career-best from 2010-11 … Tatchell, the team’s MVP, finished the season as UAA’s point leader with 25 and a team-high 16 assists … Tatchell’s nine goals rank him tied for No. 20 on the all-time UAA rookie list and are the most for a UAA freshman since current forward Matt Bailey posted 10 in 2010-11 ... Tatchell led UAA by scoring at least one point in 18 of the 36 games this season … leading UAA with 12 goals this season was sophomore F Scott Allen … Allen (12-7–19), who was named to the Kendall Hockey Classic all-tournament team in October, easily bypassed his goal total from his rookie campaign (3) … UAA’s second leading point scorer was junior F Jordan Kwas with 20 points, despite missing the final six games with an injury … Kwas’ career- and team- high six game point streak (3-6–9) came to an end on Feb. 15 ... 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 leads current UAA skaters with 58 points … posting a career-high 41 saves in net on March 16 was junior G Chris Kamal, after posting a career-best 39 against UAF on March 1 … Kamal (2-14-3) dressed in 21 games this season for UAA, while classmate G Rob Gunderson (2-11-4) suited up in 18 ... Gunderson posted a career-high 45 saves in net on March 8 vs. Denver ... Gunderson’s previous high was 43, furnished Jan. 28, 2011 at Minnesota … in addition to Warner, the Seawolves said goodbye to four other seniors; Chris Crowell, Tyler Currier, Alex Gellert and Daniel Naslund.