FAIRBANKS, ALASKA – Nicolas Erb-Ekholm scored twice to lead Alaska Anchorage to a 5-3 WCHA win at in-state rival Alaska Fairbanks Friday.
"It's a good win," said head coach Matt Thomas. "We capitalized on our opportunities early and played a strong game. Proud of the effort of our guys."
The Seawolves offense exploded for three goals in the first period.
UAA opened the scoring in the second period with a wrap-around goal by Alec Butcher at 6:59.
After a goal by UAF at 12:01, Nicolas Erb-Ekholm scored his second goal of the contest at 16:11. Nanooks goalie Anton Martinsson got caught behind the net allowing Erb-Ekholm to score the short-handed goal on an empty net.
The Seawolves were whistled for two five-minute major penalties late in the third period which led to a pair of UAF goals, both scored on a 6-on-3 advantage.
The two teams combined for 61 penalty minutes. UAA finished 1-for-5 on the powerplay, and UAF was 2-for-5.
UAA had four different players record two points in the game and eight players recorded a point.
The win snapped the Seawolves seven-game losing streak to the Nanooks.
The last time Alaska Anchorage scored five goals in a game was a 5-3 win over Northern Michigan on Dec. 2, 2016.
Olivier Mantha made 35 saves in goal for UAA.
UAF led 38-27 in shots.
Alaska Anchorage and Alaska Fairbanks will close the series Saturday.