ALASKA ANCHORAGE (7-19-6, 6-14-6 WCHA) vs ALASKA FAIRBANKS (10-18-4, 9-13-4 WCHA)
Feb. 24-25, 2017
7:07p.m. AST at Sullivan Arena
Live Video/Audio/Stats: WCHA.Tv
Live TV: GCI Channel 1 & 907 (HD)
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PROMOTIONS & EVENTS
This series doubles as ‘Scout Weekend’, presented by Kendall Ford of Anchorage. Free entry to both games for Boy’s and Girl’s Scouts, 12 and under, when wearing a uniform. The first 250 Scouts each night will receive a free Seawolf patch.
Additionally, fans are encouraged to show their Seawolf Spirit at the games and be entered to win a free, round trip ticket on Alaska Airlines. Two fans will be chosen, one each night.
The series will also be ‘Parent’s Weekend’, with the Seawolf player’s parents recognized on Friday. Additionally, there will be a silent jersey auction on Friday throughout the game. Feb. 25 is ‘Senior Night’ – UAA will honor its five seniors prior to the start of the game on Saturday.
Single-game tickets for the 2016-17 Seawolf Hockey campaign are on sale at Ticketmaster.com, the Alaska Airlines Center Terry Ann Homan Box Office and the Sullivan Arena Box Office. Tickets are just $10 at the door.
THIS WEEK: The Alaska Anchorage Seawolves return to the Sullivan Arena for the final two games of the regular season when they take on in-state rival Alaska Fairbanks in Game 3 & 4 of the annual Alaska Airlines Governor’s Cup, Feb. 24-25 ... the Seawolves will be fighting for the Cup as well as playoff standings at 7:07 p.m. AST both nights.
WCHA STANDINGS: UAA sits last in the 10-team league with 26 points – four points behind ninth-place Alabama Huntsville (30) and five points behind eighth-place Northern Michigan (31) ... only the top 8 teams advance to the WCHA 1st Round, meaning UAA will have to win both games vs. UAF, while hopping for UAH and NMU to be swept ... the most points the Seawolves can garner is 32, one point shy of catching seventh-place Lake Superior State (33) ... the Nanooks are still in the hunt for home-ice advantage with 34 points.
THE SERIES - UAA vs. ALASKA FAIRBANKS
OVERALL: UAA leads 89-62-12 AT UAA: UAA leads, 49-22-7
LAST MEETING: Dec. 10, 2016 (UAF won, 3-1) STREAK: UAF 1
NOTES: The Seawolves take on UAF in the final WCHA series this season and Game 3 & 4 of the Alaska Airlines Governor’s Cup – the teams last met Dec. 9-10 in Fairbanks, with them splitting, 3-2, 1-3 ... UAA and UAF also met for a non-conference game that wasn’t part of the Cup on Oct. 8 – UAF won, 4-1 … this will be the 166th and 167th all-time meeting between the teams … 12 of the last 14 games between the teams have been decided by just one goal ... UAA will look to capture its first Cup title since the 2008-09 season, breaking a seven-year UAF run ... the Seawolves and Nanooks square off with UAF leading the all-time Cup record, 12-8 … after UAA won three straight from 2006-09, UAF captured the Cup title from 2010-16 but due to NCAA violations, UAF’s Cup titles in 2010, 2011 and 2012 have been vacated … the Governor’s Cup, which started during the 1993-94 season, has gone into a shootout to determine the winner on eight occasions – last was 2015, with UAF winning the shootout, 1-0 ... this is the fourth time since 2007-08 that the Governor’s Cup is a four-game format … the Cup started as a two-game contest and continued for six seasons before changing to a four-game format for nine seasons … in 2008-09 the Cup reverted back to a two-game format up until 2013-14.
SCOUTING ALASKA FAIRBANKS: The Nanooks are coming off of a four-point weekend vs. Lake Superior State, (4-2, 3-3), and are looking for home ice for the playoffs when they travel to Anchorage ... prior to playing LSSU, the Nanooks were swept by Northern Michigan (3-0, 2-0) ... UAF is led by senior F Marcus Basara (9-10–19), sophomore F Chad Staley (8-11–19) and junior D Zach Frye (4-14–18) ... splitting time between the pipes are senior G Davis Jones (.911sv, 2.80gaa, 5-9-3) and sophomore Jesse Jenks (.890sv, 3.35gaa, 5-9-1) – UAA faced both netminders in December ... the Nanooks are coached by ninth-year Dallas Ferguson.
SEAWOLF BITES: The Seawolves return home following a four-game road stint ... most recently, the Seawolves were swept at Ferris State, 2-1, 3-0 ... they were shutout for the seventh time of the season on Feb. 18 ... following the series, the Seawolves are 6-8-4 in the last 18 games, compared to their 1-11-2 start of the season ... the Seawolves continue to have better luck on Friday’s – going 6-8-2 – then on Saturday’s (1-11-4) ... the Seawolves are 6-0-3 when scoring first and leading after the first period ... additionally, UAA is 6-0-0 when leading after the second period … the sophomore class leads UAA with 27 goals and is tied with the junior class with 62 points ... in 32 games, UAA is averaging 1.72 goals per game, while allowing three goals per game ... UAA is sitting at 83.8% on the penalty kill – good for sixth in the WCHA .
PLAYER NOTES: Individually, the Seawolves are led by junior captain Matt Anholt ... Anholt has a team-high 21 points and 16 helpers – leading UAA in both categories ... with a guaranteed two games left, Anholt has already bypassed his rookie season production and needs two points to top his sophomore season (22) ... Anholt, who picked up an assist on the lone Seawolf goal against Ferris State (Feb. 17-18), has 52 career points, leading all active Seawolves ... junior F Tad Kozun is second on the team with 16 points ... Kozun leads all current UAA skaters with 24 career goals and is second with 51 career points ... leading UAA with 10 goals this season is sophomore F Mason Mitchell ... Mitchell, who missed the Feb. 17 game with the flu, has eight goals in his last 12 games ... leading UAA from the blueline and third overall is junior D Jarrett Brown with 13 points ... Brown’s 36 career points rank 27th all-time on the UAA defenseman list ... dressing in 29 games for the Seawolves is junior G Olivier Mantha – a two-time UAA MVP – is 7-17-4, while sporting a .915 save percentage and a 2.78 goals-against average ... Mantha’s career save percentage of .911 still ranks No. 1 on the all-time UAA list, while his 2.85 gaa ranks No. 3 ... Mantha has 2,483 saves after adding 87 against FSU – second all-time for UAA behind No. 1 Paul Krake (2,637) ... Mantha has played in 90 career games, good for No. 2 in the all-time in the UAA record book ... on Nov. 12, Mantha posted a career-high 53 saves for the Seawolves ... his performance ranks tied for No. 3 all-time in the UAA history book with Chad Meyhoff (2/11/89).