After an 18 day break, Alaska Anchorage will open WCHA play at Ferris State this weekend (Oct. 26-27) in Big Rapids.
Ferris State leads the all-time series with Alaska Anchorage 13-3-2, and is 9-0-1 against the Seawolves in Big Rapids.
UAA is 1-3-1 in it’s last five WCHA opening games with two of the program’s losses coming in overtime. The last time Alaska Anchorage won it’s WCHA opening game was against Lake Superior State (3-2) in 2014.
Head coach Matt Curley announced that four players will serve as assistant captains this season, Nils Rygaard, Cam Amantea, Nolan Nicholas and Eric Sinclair. Nicholas served as an assistant captain in 2016-17 with the other three serving as an assistant captain for the first time.
Three players recorded their first career points for UAA in the season-opening series against Colorado College. Freshman Drayson Pears tallied two assists against the Tigers, while transfers junior Carmine Buono and senior Malcolm Hayes each recorded assists.
Sophomore Joe Sofo scored his first career goal in Alaska Anchorage’s 4-3 win over Colorado College. Sofo gave the Seawolves a 2-1 lead with his even strength goal at 6:32 of the second period. Sofo recorded his second point of the game assisting on the game-winner by Tomi Hiekkavirta at 10:42 of the third period.
Sophomore Brody Claeys recorded his first career win at UAA in the 4-3 win over CC. Claeys made 29 saves in the win.
Third Period Goals
UAA has scored more goals in the third period (three) then any other despite recording the fewest shots in the third period than any other.
The senior class leads the team in both goals (three) and points (six). The junior class leads the team with four assists.
Scouting the Bulldogs
Ferris State enters the series 1-3-0 overall. Ferris State was swept by Western Michigan (4-3, 5-0) in the season-opening series before splitting a two-game series at home with Mercyhurst (W 5-2, L 3-1). The Bulldogs have had 15 players record a point this season and are led by senior forward Corey Mackin who leads the team with four points, all assists. Justin Kapelmaster and Roni Salmenkangas have both seen time in net for FSU this season.
Last Time Out
Alaska Anchorage split its season-opening series with Colorado College. The Tigers won the first game 10-2 and the Seawolves won the second 4-3.
Alaska Anchorage will return home for four straight games. Alaska Anchorage will host Bemidji State Nov. 2-3 and Bowling Green Nov. 9-10.