ANCHORAGE - Senior winger Tommy Grant had a goal and an assist Friday as Alaska Anchorage stormed back from a four-goal deficit to register a 5-5 tie against 2nd-ranked North Dakota in Game 2 of the Kendall Hockey Classic at Sullivan Arena.
After trailing 5-1 midway through the second period, freshman right wing Brett Cameron capped one of the most thrilling rallies in tournament history when he knocked a shot slap shot past Brad Eidsness early in the third period.
Another Seawolf freshman, goalie Chris Kamal (25 saves), made the lead hold up by stopping the Fighting Sioux the rest of the way, including eight total saves in the third period and overtime.
Following the overtime period, North Dakota prevailed in a shootout, 2-1, which would go toward breaking a potential tie to determine the tournament champion. The game, however, goes in the official books as a tie in what was the season-opener for both teams.
After Brad Malone opened the scoring for UND just three minutes in, the Seawolves knotted it 1-1 when Eidsness could not corral a rebound that was converted by Curtis Leinweber. Grant and freshman Jordan Kwas were credited with assists.
Jake Marto gave UND a 2-1 lead shortly before the first-period horn when he tallied the Fighting Sioux's second power-play goal of the night.
UND appeared to take complete control early in the second with three goals -- two by Corban Knight and one by Carter Rowney -- in a 7-minute span, making it 5-1 with 12:28 on the clock.
But the Seawolves would not roll over, getting a strike from freshman forward Matt Bailey three minutes later to make it 5-2. Cameron and sophomore defenseman Mitch Bruijsten were credited with the assists.
Then with two minutes left in the second, UAA junior Jade Portwood made an incredible hustle play to steal the puck in the corner from Eidsness, who had left his net to attempt a clearing pass. Portwood skated behind the net and found senior forward Sean Wiles, who found the back of a barely guarded net for UAA's first short-handed goal of the year.
With one minute left in the period, Grant made it 5-4 with an unassisted goal, streaking halfway down the ice and beating Eidsness (18 saves) with a nifty backhand-to-forehand shift.
Bailey and Bruijsten both tallied assists on the game-tying goal early in the third, giving both a multi-point night.
Both teams are members of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, but Friday's game counted as a non-conference affair.
UND will take on 12th-ranked Alaska Fairbanks in Saturday's early game at 4:07 p.m., while UAA will meet Air Force in the finale at 7:07.