ANCHORAGE – Freshman forward Alex Jackstadt’s penalty-shot goal highlighted the Alaska Anchorage Seawolves’ loss against in-state rival Alaska Fairbanks in Game 1 of the Alaska Airlines Governor’s Cup Friday at the Sullivan Arena.
The game, which doubled as a Western Collegiate Hockey Association game, paired off both Alaska schools in the 23rd Cup series which dates back to the 1993-94 season. The Nanooks (5-10-2, 3-8-2 WCHA), who lead the all-time Cup series record at 11-8, picked up their third straight win against UAA, while ending their seven-game winless streak. Additionally, the loss concluded UAA’s (8-7-2, 5-5-4 WCHA) two-game winning streak.
Picking up his first collegiate goal, Anchorage native Jackstadt tied the game 1-1 at 8:24 of the second with UAA’s first penalty-shot goal since Feb. 4, 2005 and just second ever in Seawolf history. UAA’s first penalty shot was made by Shea Hamilton vs. St. Cloud State.
Jackstadt was awarded the shot after UAF’s Justin Woods was called for slashing on his breakaway. Jackstadt was serving a bench minor for too many players on the ice when the penalty expired and he found himself one-on-one with freshman goaltender Jesse Jenks. Woods caught up for the slash.
Meanwhile, the first frame saw UAA’s penalty-killing unit three times and a Brad Duwe breakaway attempt, shorthanded, but ultimately ended scoreless after 20 minutes of play. It wasn’t until the second period that things got interesting.
The Nanooks' first goal came from the blueline and ended up rebounding off of netminder Olivier Mantha's left pad and into the capable hands of Marcus Basara. Basara punched it in at 3:25 of the second – his fourth on the season – for the 1-0 lead.
Five minutes later, Jackstadt knotted the game, before the game-winner came curtesy of UAF senior Alec Hajdukovich – a local of Fairbanks – at 5:22 of the third. The extra attacker with Mantha on the bench for the remaining 1:20 proved futile.
Fairbanks produced a slight lead for shots on goal at 27-26, while both teams were scoreless on the power play. With the loss, UAA falls to seventh in the WCHA standings, while UAF moves into sole ownership of ninth.
The rivals square off again tomorrow evening with Game 2 of the Cup at 7:07 p.m.