SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – The Alaska Anchorage Seawolves picked up a much needed road win, defeating the Lake Superior State Lakers, 3-2, on the heels of sophomore Mason Mitchell’s two-goal Western Collegiate Hockey Association game on Friday.
UAA, which is now 6-0-3 when scoring first and leading after the first, continued its success on Friday nights, when it took a 1-0 lead after the first period. The Seawolves (7-17-5, 6-12-5 WCHA), allowed the Lakers (11-14-4, 8-11-4 WCHA) a two-goal second period to tie the game, before Mitchell netted the go-ahead goal in the third.
With the win, the Seawolves’ playoff hopes stay alive. Alabama Huntsville was knocked off by first-time WCHA Champions, Bemidji State, bringing UAA within two points of the Chargers and ninth place. Meanwhile, Northern Michigan pulled into 8th with a win and three points ahead of the Seawolves. The top eight teams make the WCHA playoffs.
Mitchell bagged his first collegiate two-goal game, scoring on a wide-open net at 4:09 of the first after collecting junior captain Matt Anholt’s rebound and then with the game winner at 4:27 of the third. Mitchell leads UAA with nine goals and has posted seven goals in nine games.
The second period saw the Lakers take a 2-1 lead with two goals from Anthony Nellis – on a major power play at :50 and at 14:11. The Seawolves soon responded with junior Tanner Johnson’s third of the season – on the power play – at 17:24, sending the teams deadlocked at 2-2 after 40 minutes of play. Johnson also assisted on Mitchell’s first tally.
Picking up his first career ‘play-maker’ was Anholt, who assisted on all three UAA goals. It’s the first time this season that a player has registered more than two points in a game. Anholt has registered three points in a game before – Nov. 14, 2015 vs. Ferris State – and continues to lead the Seawolves in assists (14) and points (19).
Producing a solid night in net was junior Olivier Mantha, improving to 7-15-3 on the season with 27 saves. LSSU’s Gordon Defiel made 21 saves in the loss.
The Seawolves receiving a game-misconduct in the first period on junior Jarrett Brown (hitting from behind) – UAA’s leader from the blueline – while LSSU’s Brayden Gelsinger was also ejected from the game for contact to the head. UAA was tagged for five infractions to LSSU’s eight.
The teams meet again tomorrow at 3:07 p.m. AST.