FAIRBANKS, ALASKA – Alaska Anchorage completed the weekend sweep at Alaska Fairbanks with a 3-2 win at the Carlson Center Saturday night.
The weekend sweep was the first for Alaska Anchorage since Dec. 4-5, 2015 when it swept Michigan Tech (3-2, 3-2).
"Great win by our team," said head coach Matt Thomas. "To come on the road and get the sweep is a nice finish to our season. Proud of the effort and the execution."
Nicolas Erb-Ekholm, who scored twice in last night’s game, opened the scoring. Erb-Ekholm scored his eighth goal of the season at 4:28 of the first period with assists from Nils Rygaard and Alec Butcher.
Niko DellaMaggiore replaced Anton Martinsson in goal for UAF. DellMaggiore finished with all 23 saves for UAF.
Tanner Johnson, who assisted on Azurdia’s goal, scored his first goal of the season in his final game for the Seawolves at 7:03 of the second. Jeremiah Luedtke and David Trinkberger assisted on the goal.
Zach Frye scored both goals for the Nanooks. His first came during a scrum in front of the net at 17:57 of the second. His second came with an extra attacker at 17:30 of the third period.
Fairbanks led 43-26 in shots, and Olivier Mantha finished with 41 saves. Mantha finishes his career with 3,449 saves, the most of any UAA goalie. He finished with 946 saves this season, one shy of the season record set by Paul Krake in 1990-91. Mantha finished first in career save percentage (.908) and career minutes (6973:22). He is fourth in career goals against average (3.01) and sixth in wins (28).
Alaska Fairbanks finished 0-for-3 on the man-advantage, and Alaska Anchorage did not have a powerplay in the game.
The game was the final game for the team’s seven seniors; Tanner Johnson (86 games, 5-12—17), Jarrett Brown (115 games, 16-34—50), Alec Butcher (95 games, 16-36—52), Austin Azurdia (116 games, 26-26—52), Matt Anholt (103 games, 14-39—53), Tad Kozun (133 games, 29-40—69) and Olivier Mantha (122 games, 28-77-14, .908 save%, 3.01 GAA).
Alaska Anchorage finishes the 2017-18 season with a 4-26-4 overall record and a 4-21-3 WCHA record.