KENDALL HOCKEY CLASSIC SCHEDULE
Friday, Oct. 7                  
St. Cloud State vs. Alaska Fairbanks @ 5:07 p.m.
Clarkson vs. Alaska Anchorage @ 8:07 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 8               
Clarkson vs. Alaska Fairbanks @ 4:07 p.m.
St. Cloud State vs. Alaska Anchorage @ 7:07 p.m.
   
MEDIA
Live Stats: GoSeawolves.com / WCHA.com
Live Blog: GoSeawolves.com
Live Audio: KTZN 550 AM (Kurt Haider) / GoSeawolves.com ($)
Live Video Stream: www.PennAtlantic.com
Television: GCI Channel 1 (tape delayed in Anchorage at 10:30 p.m.)
Game Updates: UAA’s Facebook & Twitter

THIS WEEK:
The 21st edition of the Kendall Hockey Classic will get underway Oct. 7-8 at the Sullivan Arena. The tournament will commence with the St. Cloud State Huskies facing Alaska Fairbanks at 5:07 p.m. ADT on Friday, followed Alaska Anchorage hosting the Clarkson Golden Knights at 8:07 p.m. ADT. Action will continue on Saturday with the CU vs. UAF game starting at 4:07 p.m. ADT, and the Seawolves taking on the Huskies at 7:07 p.m. ADT.

THE SERIES – UAA vs. CU

The Classic will be the first meeting between Clarkson and Alaska Anchorage.

THE SERIES – UAA vs. SCSU
OVERALL: SCSU leads, 48-14-6 AT UAA: SCSU leads, 16-11-2
LAST MEETING: Nov. 20, 2010 (SCSU won, 4-3) STREAK: SCSU 1
NOTES: Last season UAA and SCSU met for one conference series at the Sullivan Arena, with UAA winning on Nov. 19, 3-2, and SCSU winning on Nov. 20, 4-3 … UAA’s win on Nov. 19 broke a 4-game winless streak against the Huskies ... SCSU leads in the last 10 games, 2-7-1.

HISTORY OF THE CLASSIC: UAA will be looking for its first Classic title since 2006 and sixth overall … the Seawolves hold a 20-14-8 record in their tournament, while UAF is 4-5-1 ... this will be the first Classic for both Clarkson and St. Cloud State … in 20 previous tournaments, eight teams that have played in the Classic have advanced to the Frozen Four that same season … the 2000-01 Classic field featured two teams that went on to the Frozen Four (Michigan and Michigan State) … on two occasions the defending NCAA Champion participated in the Classic (Northern Michigan, 1991-92; Boston College, 2001-02).

SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS: The Clarkson Golden Knights open the 2011-12 slate at the Kendall Hockey Classic after facing Ottawa in an exhibition game on Oct. 2 ... Clarkson defeated Ottawa, 4-2, with four different Golden Knights scoring ... in net for CU was senior goaltender Paul Karpowich, who posted 25 saves in the win ... the Golden Knights return 20 letterwinners this season and lost nine ... entering his first season at CU is bench boss Casey Jones ... top returners from last season are sophomore forward Allan McPherson (8-15–23) and senior forwards Jake Morley (7-15–22) and Nick Tremblay (9-12–21) ... last season, CU posted a 15-19-2 overall record and a 9-12-1 slate in ECAC Hockey, good for a tie for 7th place ... WCHA foe St. Cloud State also starts its season at the Classic ... last season SCSU registered a 15-18-5 overall record and a 11-13-4 record in the WCHA ... SCSU and UAA tied for 8th in the league with 26 points ... the Huskies return 17 letterwinners and lost eight ... SCSU returns senior forward Drew LeBlanc (13-26–39), sophomore forward Cam Reid (8-21–29) and senior forward Jared Festler (12-12–24) ... in the crease, junior goalie Mike Lee returns after recording a 12-14-4 record, a 2.75 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage.

EXHIBITION vs. NORTHERN ALBERTA: Seven different UAA players tallied goals on Sept. 30 as the Seawolves used a five-goal second period to pull away for a 7-2 exhibition victory over Northern Alberta Institute of Technology at the Menard Memorial Ice Arena ... sophomore Rob Gunderson had to make just six saves in his starting role to earn the victory in net, while juniors Mickey Spencer, Daniel Naslund and Scott Warner had multi-point nights, along with sophomore Matt Bailey ... the Seawolves outshot the Ooks 18-1 in the deciding frame and 38-12 for the game ... all of the UAA goals came in even-strength situations ... sophomore Chris Kamal tended the Seawolf net for the second half of the game, making four saves.

2011-12 SEASON PREVIEW: UAA is coming off its second-best campaign since joining the Western Collegiate Hockey Association in 1993, and will look to carry the momentum from last season into this one ... with the addition of eight newcomers, the Seawolves will have 28 skaters sporting the Green & Gold as they look to achieve their yearly goals – win the Alaska Airlines Governor’s Cup and in-season tournaments, gain home-ice in the playoffs and make a run at the WCHA’s Red Baron Final Five tournament in St. Paul ... the Seawolves will have plenty of offense returning to the ice, including six of their top 10 scorers from a year ago, while adding five newcomers ... paving the way will be a pair of sophomores in Jordan Kwas and Matt Bailey ... a local of Cochrane, Alberta, Kwas was UAA’s second-leading scorer last season with 24 points, while leading UAA in assists with 20 ... Bailey, who hails from Winnipeg, Manitoba, produced 10-10—20 totals in 30 games, despite missing the last seven with an injury, and was UAA’s fourth-best point producer ... patrolling the blueline will be five returners who allowed 26.2 shots per game in 2010-11 – UAA’s third-best since joining the league ... leading the Seawolf pack with 10 points last year are senior Curtis Leinweber (4-6—10), from Calgary, Alberta, and junior Scott Warner (3-7—10). Senior Brad Gorham chipped in six points, while sophomore linemates Wes McLeod and Quinn Sproule combined for nine points ... in the crease, the Seawolves return a solid pair in sophomores Rob Gunderson and Chris Kamal ... Gunderson (Lethbridge, Alberta) and Kamal (Alpharetta, Ga.) split time last season with each backstopping UAA to multiple successes ... Gunderson wrapped up the season with a 7-13-2 overall record and a .897 save percentage that tied for No. 8 on UAA’s all-time single-season list, while Kamal added a winning record of 9-5-1, a 2.62 goals-against average and three shutouts.

UAA CAPTAINS: Leading UAA as co-captains this season will be seniors Brad Gorham and Jade Portwood and juniors Chris Crowell and Scott Warner.

WCHA REALIGNMENT:
The 2013-14 edition of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association will change dramatically with the addition of new teams and other WCHA teams forming new leagues ... to date, the WCHA will be comprised of eight teams – UAA, Alaska Fairbanks, Bemidji State, Ferris State, Lake Superior State, Michigan Tech, Minnesota State and Northern Michigan ... currently, the WCHA has an invitation out to Bowling Green to join the league ... joining the National Collegiate Hockey Conference from the WCHA is Colorado College, Denver, Minnesota Duluth, Nebraska Omaha, North Dakota and St. Cloud State, while Minnesota and Wisconsin will be a part of the Big Ten Conference.

NEW ASSISTANT COACH:
T.J. Jindra joins Dave Shyiak’s staff as the Seawolves’ new assistant hockey coach ... Jindra comes to UAA from the University of Notre Dame, where he played for four seasons from 2003-07 and served as a volunteer assistant coach during the 2010-11 campaign ... after graduating from Notre Dame in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, Jindra spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Shattuck-St. Mary’s School in Faribault, Minn., where he worked with some of the nation’s most talented prep players ... as a player at Notre Dame, he was part of two NCAA Tournament teams and played in 150 career games, scoring 12 goals and 24 assists. He was a two-year team captain for the Fighting Irish, including his senior season when ND won a school-record 32 games and captured the program’s first-ever Central Collegiate Hockey Association regular-season and tournament titles ... Jindra replaces Ryan McKelvie, who accepted the head coaching position at Lake Forest (Ill.) College.

2010-11 SEASON RECAP: The 2010-11 Seawolf hockey team completed the season with a 16-18-3 overall record, marking its most victories since becoming a member of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association ... the Seawolves also posted their second-best conference record to date at 12-14-2 ... UAA completed the conference season tied for 8th with St. Cloud State with 28 points and received the 8th-place seed in the WCHA First Round ... the Seawolves went on to sweep Minnesota on the road in the First Round, earning themselves UAA’s second-ever berth to the WCHA Final Five ... throughout the season, the Seawolves posted upsets over nationally ranked Wisconsin, Colorado College, Nebraska-Omaha and Minnesota.

NATIONAL RANKINGS:
The Seawolves wrapped up the 2010-11 season with 12 votes (23rd) in the final USCHO.com Div. I poll (see complete poll on page 7) ... UAA was No. 17 in the final KRACH rankings, No. 20 in the PairWise and No. 21 in the Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) ... the Seawolves finished the year with the nation’s second-toughest schedule behind St. Cloud State ... UAA was also No. 5 in the nation for shots against, allowing just 26.16 shots per game.

SEAWOLF BITES: The Alaska Anchorage Seawolves 2010-11 season came to an end on March 17 in the quarterfinals of the WCHA Final Five. UAA fell to then-No. 13 Colorado College, 4-2 at the Xcel Energy Center in just UAA’s second appearance at the tournament ... at the end of the season, UAA posted a 16-18-3 record, and wrapped up league play with a 12-14-2 record (.464) – the best under head coach Dave Shyiak and second best since the Seawolves joined the conference ... the best league record was in UAA’s inaugural season (1993-94) with a 14-16-2 (.468) mark ... the 16 wins is the most overall victories since becoming a member of the league in 1993-94 ... UAA advanced to the WCHA Final Five for just the second time in UAA history after sweeping then-No. 17 Minnesota on March 11-12, 4-3, 2-0 in the WCHA First Round, best-of-three series – the First Round sweep was the first in UAA history ... the sweep was UAA’s fourth of the season, and second straight on the road after sweeping Minnesota State on March 4-5 ... the 2-0 shutout on March 12 was UAA’s third of the season and fifth straight win ... the Final Five loss to CC broke UAA’s five-game winning streak ... the last time the Seawolves put together a string of five wins was in 1998-99 ... the Seawolves were stellar in the second half of the season, posting the fourth-best winning percentage in the WCHA at .610, trailing only UND (.800), Minnesota Duluth (.650) and Denver (.640) ... on Feb. 18, UAA defeated Nebraska Omaha, 3-2, running its Sullivan Arena winning streak to five games – the longest such string since winning six straight on home ice from Dec. 4, 1998 to Jan. 16, 1999 ... the win was UAA’s first time winning five straight WCHA home games since joining the league in 1993-94 ... UAA picked up at least one point against all WCHA opponents last season except Minnesota Duluth and North Dakota ... the Seawolves swept four opponents (Colorado College, Michigan Tech, Minnesota State and Minnesota) and were themselves swept three times – against UMD in their season opener and at Denver and UND ... UAA also split five league series – Bemidji State, St. Cloud State, CC, Wisconsin, UM and UNO ... UAA picked up one point in the series against MSU and DU ... the Seawolves played six overtime games last season for a 2-1-3 record in extra minutes ... eighteen of UAA’s 37 games were decided by one goal or ended in a tie ... the senior class (5 representatives) led the Seawolves in scoring and in power-play goals (10) and were tied for second in game-winning goals (6) with the sophomores ... the freshmen were second in points (23-50–73), followed by the sophomores (20-30–50) and the juniors (7-20–27) ... throughout the season, the Seawolves averaged 5,027 fans per game, ranked No. 15 in the country, and averaged 3,319 fans per game at the Sullivan Arena, good for No. 22 in the nation.

PLAYER NOTES: Goaltender Chris Kamal’s five-game winning streak came to an end at the Final Five on March 17 ... throughout the winning streak, Kamal posted a .963 save percentage (126/131) and 1.00 goals-against ... Kamal dressed in 15 games during his rookie campaign, posting an .896 save percentage – tied for 4th on the all-time UAA goaltending list ... the Alpharetta, Ga., native’s 2.62 goals-against average also ranked second on the UAA all-time list ... Kamal’s shutout on March 12 marked the first by a UAA goaltender in a WCHA playoff game, covering 44 games dating back to the 1992-93 season, when UAA became an affiliate member of the league ... Kamal also became just the fourth UAA goaltender to record three or more shutouts and first since Doug Teskey (1996-99) ... Jordan Kwas completed his rookie season leading UAA in assists with 20 – the most for a Seawolf freshman since Ales Parez posted 22 in 2002-03 ... Kwas also tied for 37th on the all-time freshman list with four goals ... the freshman class was also paced by Matt Bailey ... Bailey, who missed six of the last seven games with a knee injury, recorded 10-10–20 totals in 30 games prior ... the Winnipeg, Manitoba, native finished tied for the second-most goals last season (10) and scored the most goals for a UAA freshman since 2006-07 ... Bailey is ranked in the top 30 of the all-time freshman list in goals (t-No. 17), assists (t-No. 29) and points (t-No. 24) ... along with Kamal, Rob Gunderson saw plenty of action in the crease, dressing for 23 games ... Gunderson recorded a 7-13-2 record throughout the year with a 2.74 goals-against average and a .897 save percentage ... Gunderson ranked tied for No. 5 on the all-time single-season list for GAA and tied for No. 8 for save percentage.

BY THE NUMBERS: The Seawolves (16-18-3) posted a .472 winning percentage – the best since joining the league ... Dave Shyiak’s club registered 12 conference wins last season, the second-most since UAA joined the WCHA ... long-time head coach Brush Christiansen holds the record with 14 WCHA wins in 1993-94 (.468) ... UAA’s conference winning percentage last season ranks second at .464 ... the Seawolves’ all-time record stands at 443-553-91 ... since joining the league in 1993-94, UAA is 140-318-63 ... UAA played its 500th game as a WCHA member last season when it faced St. Cloud State on Nov. 20.

2010-11 WCHA STANDINGS:
In the overall WCHA stats, UAA tied for No. 8 in scoring defense (2.86) and No. 8 in penalty minutes (13.6), No. 10 in scoring offense (2.41) and No. 11 in power play (15.1)  ... Tommy Grant ranked in the top 35 in six categories – tied at No. 31 in points, t-19 in goals, t-31 in PPP, t-31 in PPG, t-15 in SHG, and t-4 in GWG. ... forward Jordan Kwas tied for No. 10 among WCHA freshmen and t-29 in assists ... G Chris Kamal ranked No. 8 in gaa, No. 12 in save percentage, and No. 4 in winning percentage (.679), while classmate G Rob Gunderson ranked 10th in goals-against average, and No. 11 in save percentage and No. 12 in winning percentage.