UAA hosts Falcons for last regular home series
BOWLING GREEN (13-12-5, 10-9-3 WCHA) at ALASKA ANCHORAGE (14-11-3, 10-9-3 WCHA)
Feb. 14-15, 2014 at Sullivan Arena
Game Times: 7:07 p.m. AST
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THIS WEEK: The battle for first-round home ice continues as both No.4-ranked teams, Alaska Anchorage and Bowling Green, meet for a Western Collegiate Hockey Association series at the Sullivan Arena, Feb. 14-15. The games are scheduled to commence at 7:07 p.m. AST both nights.
THE SERIES – UAA vs. BOWLING GREEN
OVERALL: BGSU leads, 4-0-0 AT UAA: BGSU leads, 2-0
LAST MEETING: Nov. 2, 2013 (BGSU won, 1-0 STREAK: BGSU 4
NOTES: This is the fifth and sixth all-time meeting between the teams and first time as WCHA members in Anchorage, while the teams met for the first time in Bowling Green, Nov. 1-2 with BGSU sweeping, 6-1, 1-0 … the only other meeting between the teams was on Oct. 14-15, 1988 as non-conference opponents … Bowling Green won, 7-3 and 10-2 in UAA’s season-opening series.
SCOUTING THE FALCONS: The Falcons sport a 5-6-3 road record this season, averaging 3.14 goals-per-game and allowing 2.92 GPG ... overall, the Falcons are averaging an impressive 3.13 goals per game, which is second-best in the WCHA behind nationally-ranked Ferris State ... BGSU’s 3.13 GPG average is the highest average since the 2005-06 season, where the Falcons averaged 3.26 GPG and had 124 goals in 38 games ... the Falcons are led by junior F Dan DeSalvo (6-21–27), senior F Bryce Williamson (10-13–23) and sophomore F Mark Cooper (13-8–21) ... dressing in 19 games is sophomore G Tommy Burke (.916 sv%, 2.32 gaa, 9-4-5).
WCHA FIRST ROUND/FINAL FIVE: The top eight teams in the WCHA standings will make the First Round, with No. 1 playing host to No. 8, No. 2 hosting No. 7, No. 3 hosting No. 6 and No. 4 hosting No. 5 in a best-of-three series, March 14-15 and 16, if needed ... the four winning teams will advance to the WCHA Final Five, March 20-22 in Grand Rapids, Mich.
SEAWOLF BITES: The Seawolves host Bowling Green following a WCHA split with Lake Superior State, Feb. 7-8 in Michigan … LSSU won Friday, 5-3, before UAA responded Saturday, 5-2 … UAA which was averaging 2.6 goals per game prior to Saturday, furnished five goals for just the second time of the season, moving them into a two-way tie for fourth place with BGSU in the league standings … UAA also picked up the program’s first win in Sault Ste, Marie, Mich. … UAA furnished a season-high four goals in the second period, hit LSSU with 39 shots – the second most this season for UAA – while posting a season-high 17 in the second period … UAA is 4-1-1 when placing 30+ shots on goal ... following the weekend, the Seawolves have scored first in 11 of the last 12 games … UAA is 6-2-1 in the last nine WCHA games … UAA is 14-11-3 overall and 10-9-3 in league play ... UAA’s 14 wins easily surpasses the win total from a year ago (4) and 2011-12 (9) ... with two more wins, UAA will tie the 2010-11 team that set a program-best 16 wins as a Div. I member ... at home, the Seawolves are 10-3-1 – the Seawolves’ best home record after 14 games since joining Div. I and the best since 1983-84 when UAA went 13-1-0 at home to start the season … the Seawolves (14-11-3) are off to their best start since 1991-92 as a NCAA Div. I Independent when they went 22-5-1 after 28 games … UAA is 11-4-2 when scoring first, 9-0-0 when leading after the first and 9-0-1 when leading after the 2nd … on Nov. 9, the Seawolves registered a season-high six goals, including a season-high five power-play goals – just one shy of the school record … the four power-play goals in the third period broke the school record – the Seawolves managed three in a period against Northern Arizona in 1984 and Notre Dame in 1990 ... UAA is now 2-18-1 in WCHA openers since joining the league in 1993-94, compared to the program’s 10-0-3 in season openers since 2001 ... the only UAA wins in WCHA openers came in 2008-09 and 1994-95 ... UAA started the season with a 3-1-0 record – its best since 2011-12 when the Seawolves started 3-0-1 … the Seawolves are now 5-0-3 in the last eight Kendall Classic games, and produced the program’s first 2-0-0 start since the 1996-97 season … the victory over Air Force (Oct. 12) gave the Seawolves their own tournament title for the eighth time in 23 tries and marked their first-ever Kendall ‘three-peat’.
PLAYER NOTES: Individually, the Seawolves received two goals over the weekend at Lake Superior State from freshman F Brad Duwe and junior F Andrew Petttitt … Pettitt, who furnished his first multi-point game of his career on Feb. 8 with a goal and two assists, has 3-7–10 totals this season, doubling his point total from his freshman and sophomore seasons combined … Pettitt is currently enjoying a career-high four-game point streak (2-4–6) ... also scoring over the weekend were sophomore D Austin Sevalrud, his first collegiate goal, junior D Derek Docken, his first of the season, freshman F Dylan Hubbs and senior F Matt Bailey … Docken (1-1–2) registered a multi-point night on Saturday, along with sophomore F Blake Tatchell (0-2–2) and Hubbs (1-1–2) ... Tatchell’s two assists give him 15 on the season, second most for UAA ... senior F Jordan Kwas picked up two assists over the weekend, he leads UAA with 16 assists … Kwas – who was named the Kendall Hockey Classic’s Most Outstanding Player – is 36th on the all-time UAA list with 83 career points, one ahead Bailey (82) … Bailey leads UAA with 14 goals and 26 points … Bailey – who was named to the Brice Alaska Goal Rush All-Tournament Team – leads all current UAA skaters with 41 career goals, good for a tie at No. 25 with Chris LaVasseur (1985-87) … the Winnipeg, Manitoba, native has registered 16 points in the last 16 games and is No. 5 in the WCHA overall goal scoring ... with the game-winning goal on Jan. 18, Bailey is tied for No. 1 in the nation with 5 GWG ... Kwas and Bailey both enter the weekend with a three-game point streak ... in net on Saturday was senior G Rob Gunderson, making his first start since Dec. 7 and breaking a 10-game starting streak for classmate G Chris Kamal … Gunderson picked up the win with 26 saves … Kamal, who played Friday, was 6-3-1 in his 10 straight games ... Kamal’s shutout on Dec. 14 vs. LSSU gives him the second most all-time for a Seawolf (5), trailing Doug Teskey’s seven from 1996-99.
UP NEXT: The Seawolves will be on the road for the remaining two WCHA series ... first, UAA will take on nationally ranked Ferris State, Feb. 21-22, before facing in-state rival Alaska Fairbanks, March 7-8.
UPCOMING SEAWOLF HOCKEY EVENTS: UAA’s ‘Senior Night’ will be on Feb. 15 when the Seawolves take on Bowling Green ... fans are encouraged to stay after the game for autographs ... Feb. 15 will also double as the 3-on-3 Challenge at the Sullivan Arena ... this year’s UAA vs. UAF Alumni game will take place in Fairbanks, March 8 at the Carlson Center during the final weekend of the Alaska Airlines Governor’s Cup.