ALASKA ANCHORAGE (9-23-2, 5-22-1 WCHA)
at No. 4/5 MINNESOTA (24-12-1, 20-8-0 WCHA)
Friday, March 9 at 4:07 p.m. AST at Mariucci Arena
Saturday, March 10 at 4:07 p.m. AST at Mariucci Arena
Sunday, March 11 at 4:07 p.m. AST at Mariucci Arena (if necessary)
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THIS WEEK: The Alaska Anchorage Seawolves head to Mariucci Arena for the second straight season to face the No. 4/5 Minnesota Golden Gophers in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association First Round Playoffs, a best-of-three series on March 9-10 and March 11, if necessary. The games are scheduled to start at 4:07 p.m. AST all three nights.
THE SERIES – UAA vs. UM
OVERALL: UM leads, 52-19-7 AT UM: UM leads, 29-10-3
LAST MEETING: Oct. 29, 2011 (UM won, 3-1) STREAK: UM 2
NOTES: In 2010-11, UAA became the first team ever to sweep the Gophers at Mariucci Arena in the First Round … the sweep gave the Seawolves just their second ever trip to the WCHA Final Five … UAA won on March 11, 4-3 and on March 12, 2-0 … UAA has seen Minnesota in the First Round in 13 games, with Minnesota leading, 10-3 … UAA’s other win against UM in the playoffs was on March 10, 2007 … in the playoffs, the Seawolves are 6-35 and 1-3 at the WCHA Final Five.
WCHA FIRST ROUND PLAYOFFS
Games for Friday, March 9: (12) Alaska Anchorage at (1) Minnesota (NC), 7:07 pm CT; (11) Minnesota
State at (2) Minnesota Duluth (NC), 7:07 pm CT; (10) Wisconsin at (3) Denver (NC), 7:37 pm MT; (9) Bemidji
State at (4) North Dakota (NC), 7:37 pm CT; (8) Michigan Tech at (5) Colorado College (NC), 7:37 pm MT;
(7) Nebraska Omaha at (6) St. Cloud State (NC), 7:37 pm CT.
Games for Saturday, March 10: (12) Alaska Anchorage at (1) Minnesota (NC), 7:07 pm CT; (11) Minnesota
State at (2) Minnesota Duluth (NC), 7:07 pm CT; (10) Wisconsin at (3) Denver (NC), 7:07 pm MT; (9) Bemidji
State at (4) North Dakota (NC), 7:07 pm CT; (8) Michigan Tech at (5) Colorado College (NC), 7:07 pm MT;
(7) Nebraska Omaha at (6) St. Cloud State (NC), 7:07 pm CT.
Games for Sunday, March 11 (if necessary): (12) Alaska Anchorage at (1) Minnesota (NC), 7:07 pm CT;
(11) Minnesota State at (2) Minnesota Duluth (NC), 7:07 pm CT; (10) Wisconsin at (3) Denver (NC), 7:07
pm MT; (9) Bemidji State at (4) North Dakota (NC), 7:07 pm CT; (8) Michigan Tech at (5) Colorado College
(NC), 7:07 pm MT; (7) Nebraska Omaha at (6) St. Cloud State (NC), 7:07 pm CT.
SCOUTING THE GOLDEN GOPHERS: The Minnesota Golden Gophers face UAA after securing their 13th MacNaughton Cup with the regular-season title ... the Gophers were predicted to finish 6th in the WCHA standings ... UM posted a 20-8-0 record in conference play ... the Gophers earned the league title after splitting a conference series with Wisconsin on March 2-3 at Mariucci Arena ... the Badgers won on March 2, 4-1, before the Gophers came back on March 3, 2-1 ... UM is led by sophomore F Nick Bjugstad (23-15–38) and sophomore F Erik Haula (15-23–38) ... dressing in all 37 games for the Gophers was senior G Kent Patterson (.915 sv%, 2.13 gaa, 24-12-1).
LAST TIME vs. MINNESOTA: The Seawolves were swept by the Gophers on Oct. 28-29 (5-0, 3-1) ... on Oct. 28, UM added a goal in the first and two in both the second and third periods, handing UAA its first shutout of the season ... on Oct. 29, the Gophers used a goal in each frame, including a short-handed tally for the WCHA sweep ... the lone UAA goal was scored by freshman F Sam Mellor on the power play ... sophomore goaltenders Chris Kamal (Oct. 28) and Rob Gunderson (Oct. 29) split time between the pipes.
LAST TIME OUT: The Seawolves visit the Gophers after being swept by the Bemidji State Beavers in their home finales at the Sullivan Arena on March 2-3 ... BSU won on Friday night, 2-1, before coming from behind to win on Saturday, 5-4 ... on March 2, BSU’s Jordan George added two first-period goals, before sophomore F Andrew Pickering scored at 16:04 of the same frame for the 2-1 final ... on March 3, the Seawolves struck first and led 3-1 at the start of the second before allowing BSU to tie the game, 4-4 after 40 minutes of play ... the Beavers then added the game-winning goal at 2:56 of the third ... UAA’s goals were scored by sophomore F Jordan Kwas, freshmen Sam Mellor and Corbin Karl and senior F Jade Portwood.
UAA vs. UM COMPARISON
Overall Stats UAA UM
Scoring Offense 12th (2.38) 2nd (3.51)
Scoring Defense 12th (3.68) 1st (2.11)
Penalty Minutes 6th (13.7) 5th (14.1)
Power Play 11th (17.9) 3rd (23.1)
Penalty Kill 7th (80.6) 3rd (82.7)
League Games Only UAA UM
Scoring Offense 12th (2.14) 4th (3.14)
Scoring Defense 12th (3.96) 1st (2.04)
Penalty Minutes 3rd (14.6) 4th (14.5)
Power Play 12th (17.0) 3rd (23.3)
Penalty Kill T-4th (81.9) T-4th (81.9)
SEAWOLF BITES: UAA allowed Bemidji State to score on two power-play attempts – the first time since Dec. 3 against North Dakota ... in the overall WCHA stats, UAA is 7th (80.6) on the penalty kill and tied for fourth (81.9) on the penalty kill in league only games ... in the last 18 games, UAA has gone 60-for-68 on the penalty kill for 88 percent ... on March 3, the Seawolves furnished four goals – the most since recording four on Jan. 14 against Michigan Tech and most at home since the Kendall Hockey Classic (Oct. 7-8) ... the Seawolves concluded conference play with a 5-22-1 record ... following the Alaska Fairbanks series on Feb. 24-25, the Seawolves finished with a 4-1-1 record in non-conference play – the best since the 2008-09 season (5-1-0) ... the junior class is leading the way with 66 points and eight PPG, while the freshman class is second with 62 points and leads UAA with four game-winning goals ... after 34 games, UAA is being outshot by opponents, 938-865, but winning the battle of the shots in the third (295-274) and overtime (12-7) … UAA has posted 24 goals in the first period, 36 in the second, 19 in the third and two in OT for a combined 81 goals … the Seawolves have allowed 125 goals ... for special teams, UAA has posted 21 power-play goals to opponents’ 27, and two shorthanded strikes to opponents’ five.
PLAYER NOTES: On March 2, UAA’s lone goal against Bemidji State was scored by sophomore F Andrew Pickering – the first of his collegiate career … on March 3, senior Jade Portwood (1-1—2) and freshman Corbin Karl (1-1—2) each posted a multi-point night … it was the second of Portwood’s career and first multi-point game for Karl ... in addition to Portwood, seniors Curtis Leinweber, Brad Gorham and Dusan Sidor each played in their last home game at the Sullivan Arena … Sidor received his first collegiate start at home on Saturday, posting 23 saves in the loss … both Portwood and Leinweber each tallied an assist in their final home game ... with the helper, Leinweber is tied with junior F Mitch Bruijsten with a team-high 16 points ... Leinweber (9-7–16) is tied with Bruijsten with 19 career goals and also leads current UAA skaters with 31 assists and 50 points ... with one more goal, Leinweber will double his goal total from his first three seasons as a Seawolf ... Portwood, from Victoria, B.C., has posted 1-4–5 totals in the last six games ... Leinweber and Portwood each played their 120th game on Saturday night, ranking them tied for 56th on the all-time UAA games-played list … with a guaranteed 2 games remaining, Leinweber and Portwood could climb as high as No. 53 ... the Seawolves are also led offensively by Bruijsten with 16 points … all eight of Bruijsten’s goals have come in league play, topping his career-best seven conference goals from last season … Bruijsten also leads UAA with four power-play goals ... leading the freshman class is F Eric Scheid, who has 6-8–14 totals, good for fifth on the team ... Scheid is tied for 16th in the WCHA overall stats for freshman scoring ... UAA was without junior defenseman and assistant captain Scott Warner on March 2-3 due to an ankle injury suffered at practice ... Warner, who won’t be traveling to Minnesota, leads UAA defensemen with 15 points and is tied for second overall with sophomore F Matt Bailey … Warner’s 15 points this season are the most for the Anchorage native since joining the Green & Gold, while ranking him No. 22 in the overall WCHA stats ... sophomore F Matt Bailey has posted 5-5–10 totals in the last 13 outings, giving the Winnipeg, Manitoba, native 15 total points – five shy of his freshman season ... Austin Coldwell, who added his 10th assist on Feb. 24, is currently No. 7 in the WCHA overall stats for freshmen defensemen with 12 points ... junior F Daniel Naslund furnished UAA’s lone goal on Feb. 25 against UAF, giving him a career-high five goals this season ... Naslund also tied his rookie season with a career-high 13 points after picking up an assist on March 3.