ANCHORAGE - Sophomore forward Mitch Bruijsten scored a goal at the 3:34 mark in overtime Friday to lift Alaska Anchorage to a 3-2 victory over the St. Cloud State Huskies in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association game at Sullivan Arena.
The Huskies (4-6-2, 2-4-1 WCHA) came back from a two-goal deficit to forge a 2-2 tie at 2:52 of the third period, but the Seawolves (3-6-2, 2-4-1) were first to light the lamp in extra minutes, earning their first league win on home ice.
UAA opened up the scoring with a goal by sophomore Scott Warner at 5:25 of the first frame - his second on the season. Freshman Mark Pustin dropped the puck back to the blueline where Warner fired a shot through traffic and into the net.
Senior defenseman Luka Vidmar picked up his first goal of the year, when he gave the Seawolves a 2-0 lead at 6:14 of the second period. Vidmar connected off of junior Jade Portwood's rebound that just missed and hit the pipe. Junior Curtis Leinweber also assisted on the play.
Less than three minutes later SCSU's Jared Festler ended the shutout at 8:42 and then Tony Mosey knotted the score at 2-2 on the power-play to send the game in overtime.
SCSU's goaltender Mike Lee made two quick saves off of Pustin's and sophomore Daniel Naslund's shots, but Bruijsten was able to capitalize on the second rebound for his second tally of the season and his second game-winning goal of his career.
Earning his first collegiate win between the pipes was freshman goaltender Chris Kamal. Kamal (1-2-1) made 18 saves with the win, while Lee (3-4-1) recorded 17 saves. Both teams peppered the net with 20 shots.
UAA was tagged for five penalties, serving 10 minutes, while SCSU went 7-14. The Seawolves were held scoreless on the man advantage in seven attempts, while SCSU went 1-for-5.
Naslund (0-2-2) picked up his third career multi-point game, while Pustin (0-2-2) netted his first.
The Seawolves are currently tied for No. 8 in the league with St. Cloud and Bemidji State with five points apiece.
UAA and SCSU will rematch on Saturday night at 7:07 p.m. at the Sullivan Arena.