BIG RAPIDS, Mich. – Alaska Anchorage’s steam ran out as the Seawolves dropped a 2-1 contest to the Ferris State Bulldogs Friday at the Ewigleben Arena in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association game.
The Seawolves (7-18-6, 6-13-6 WCHA), who had multiple players fighting the flu, produced a solid first period, before falling off in the second and third. UAA managed eight shots on target in the first before being kept to two in the second and just one in the third for a season-low-tying 11 after 60 minutes.
Meanwhile on the other side of the rink, the Bulldogs (11-17-4, 10-12-3 WCHA) peppered junior netminder Olivier Mantha with 39 shots, including a game high 15 in the third period.
The win keeps FSU in the hunt for home ice for the WCHA First Round, while the Seawolves have just three games left to gain ground on the final playoff spot.
The evening started with a power-play goal by the Bulldogs in the opening seconds of the middle period. Capitalizing on a power play that carried over from the end of the first, FSU’s Corey Mackin fired through traffic by a screened Mantha at :36.
Just over eight minutes later, the Seawolves evened the score with a goal from Jarrett Brown, his fourth of the season. Assisting on the play were junior forwards Matt Anholt and Tad Kozun. With the assist Anholt improves his team best to 15 assists and 20 points.
The final tally came at 15:04 of the second when the Bulldog’s Trevor Recktenwald tapped in the game winner.
Mantha made 37 saves in the loss, while goaltender Justin Kapelmaster had a relatively easy night with 10 saves.
UAA was 0-for-8 on the power play, while FSU went 1-for-6 on the man advantage. The Seawolves were tagged for six minors to the Bulldog’s eight.
The Seawolves scratched their leading scorer, sophomore forward Mason Mitchell, and sophomore Alex Jackstadt due to flu symptoms.
The teams will rematch tomorrow at 3:07 p.m. AST.