ANCHORAGE - Senior Craig Parkinson assisted on three goals and Alaska Anchorage used a dominating defensive effort to post a 4-1 victory over Alaska Fairbanks on Saturday night in the finale of the Alaska Airlines Governor's Cup series at Sullivan Arena.
Despite the victory, the Seawolves (12-17-3) were unable to earn back the Cup as the Nanooks (14-15-5) won the postgame shootout, 2-0, to decide the tie-breaker.
After losing 5-1 in Fairbanks on Friday, the Seawolves were the superior club for the full 60 minutes on Saturday, though, scoring three times in the first period and getting 19 saves from freshman Chris Kamal between the pipes.
UAA struck six minutes into the game when freshman Brett Cameron corralled the rebound off his own shot and beat UAF goalie Scott Greenham with a wrist shot from a tough angle. It was Cameron's fourth goal as a Seawolf, while senior Nick Haddad - a Fairbanks native - earned an assist on the play.
Anchorage native Scott Warner, a sophomore defenseman, produced the eventual game-winner just 71 seconds later, squeezing the puck past Greenham off a power-play rush. Parkinson and sophomore Mitch Bruijsten earned the assists.
The Seawolves capped their first three-goal first period of the season when junior winger Jade Portwood snapped his season-long goal drought with an even-strength tally at the 13:42 mark. Senior Sean Wiles earned an assist in front of the Sullivan Arena crowd of 4,622, while Parkinson picked up his second helper of the night.
Senior winger Tommy Grant gave UAA a 4-0 lead six minutes, 12 seconds into the second period when he scored from close range on a perfect pass from Parkinson. It was the team-leading 12th goal of the year for Grant, while freshman Jordan Kwas picked up his second assist of the evening and overtook Grant for the team lead in that category with 16.
Cody Kunyk ruined the shutout with a UAF power-play goal midway through the third period, but UAA was able to hang on behind Kamal, who improved his record to 5-4-1.
Colton Beck gave the Nanooks the early shootout advantage in the shootout, and Greenham made stops against Kwas and Grant to set up Andy Taranto's clincher.
The Seawolves return to the road next week to play their final Western Collegiate Hockey Association series, facing Minnesota State on Friday and Saturday in Mankato, Minn.