ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Anchorage Seawolves dropped a 4-3 heart breaker against the St. Cloud State Huskies, missing out on a Western Collegiate Hockey Association sweep at the Sullivan Arena on Saturday evening.
The Seawolves (3-7-2, 2-5-1 WCHA) and Huskies (5-7-2, 3-4-1 WCHA) were tied 2-2 heading into the third period when two five-minute major penalties called on the Seawolves broke the camel's back and St. Cloud netted two back-to-back power-play goals to take a 4-2 lead before UAA added its final tally.
SCSU was first to score with an even strength tally by Drew LeBlanc at 2:12 of the first, but UAA responded with a power-play goal by freshman forward Jordan Kwas at 8:05 and a goal by sophomore forward Mitch Bruijsten at 11:30 for a 2-1 lead going into the first intermission.
LeBlanc added his second goal at 2:07 of the second frame, knotting the game at 2-2. Just over 15 minutes later, freshman Matt Bailey was tagged for a five-minute major for checking from behind and received a 10-minute game misconduct at 17:18.
Just as the second period was wrapping up, SCSU's Travis Novak was injured by junior Brad Gorham. Novak was motionless and was monitored on the ice for approximately 25 minutes during the intermission before being evacuated to the hospital. Following the break, Gorham was assigned a five-minute major for checking from behind and a 10-minute game misconduct.
The Huskies opened up the third period with a 5-on-3 situation and was able to capitalize at 1:40 with a man-advantage strike by Jared Festler. Still on the power play, SCSU netted the game-winner at 4:12 off of the stick of Cam Reid, for a 4-2 lead.
The Seawolves were able to bring the game within one when freshman forward Mark Pustin netted his first collegiate goal at 9:05, but UAA couldn't find the equalizer in the final minutes of play.
Freshman goaltender Chris Kamal (1-3-1) made his second consecutive start in net, posting 20 saves in the loss, while Dan Dunn (2-3-1) made 22 stops with the win. UAA outshot the Huskies, 25-24.
Both teams were fairly successful on the man advantage as UAA went 2-for-3 and SCSU went 2-for-8. UAA was tagged for a season-high 38 minutes of penalties, compared to SCSU's six.
The Seawolves will hit the road to face Colorado College next weekend on Nov. 26-27 in a WCHA series. The puck is scheduled to drop at 5:37 p.m. AST on Friday and at 5:07 p.m. AST on Saturday.