ANCHORAGE – The Alaska Anchorage Seawolves used two power-play goals for a Western Collegiate Hockey Association 2-2 overtime tie against the Michigan Tech Huskies Saturday at the Sullivan Arena.
The Huskies (4-8-2, 2-3-1 WCHA) opened the scoring in the first frame, but the Seawolves (6-4-2, 3-3-2 WCHA) responded just over two minutes later. Tech took the lead once more in the second and held it through the third before UAA found the equalizer at 7:55 for a 1-0-2 record this season in extra minutes.
MTU got on the board at 9:12 of the first period when they converted on a 2-on-1 situation. Ryan Furne was credited with the goal, while Mike Neville received the first helper – giving the Huskies their first lead of the weekend.
Two minutes and three seconds later, senior forward Jordan Kwas netted his second man-advantage strike in as many games at 11:15. Kwas, who has scored 14 of his 22 career goals on the power play, tipped the puck in from sophomore Blake Tatchell, beating North Pole’s Pheonix Copley.
The game would remained tied 1-1 until 4:07 of the second when the Huskies took advantage of a 5-on-3 power play. With just 11 seconds remaining in the 5-on-3, Tanner Kero collected a rebound off the boards to return the lead to the Black & Gold.
At 7:55, the Seawolves responded again, this time with a power-play goal from defenseman Austin Coldwell – his second on the season and fifth career man-advantage tally. Kwas – who owns a three-game point steak at 2-3—5 – won the puck off the boards, finding Tatchell, who in return made a quick cross pass to Coldwell to keep UAA unbeaten at home.
UAA was kept to 18 shots on goal, while Michigan Tech was able to find its stride, placing 28 shots on net. Senior goaltender Rob Gunderson, named Player of the Game, furnished 26 saves in the tie for a 4-2-1 record this season, while Copley (3-6-1) turned aside 16 shots. Gunderson currently ranks No. 1 in the WCHA overall stats with a 1.88 goals-against average.
UAA was 2-for-5 on the power play to maintain their hold on No. 1 in the WCHA overall stats at 24.2% efficiency (16-for-66). MTU was 1-for-5 on the power play. Both teams were tagged for five minutes of infractions, serving 10 minutes in the penalty box.
The Seawolves are tied with Northern Michigan for No. 4 in the WCHA standings with eight points, while the Huskies sit at No. 8 with five points.
UAA returns to the road for the holiday weekend when they play at Minnesota State, Nov. 29-30.