FAIRBANKS - The No. 16 Union Dutchmen handed the Alaska Anchorage Seawolves their second consecutive 4-3 loss of the season in game three of the Brice Alaska Goal Rush Tournament at the Carlson Center on Saturday.
Similar to Friday's matchup against No. 18 Colorado College, the Seawolves (1-2-1) allowed three Union (3-1-0) goals in the first period and scored two of their own before each team netted one apiece in the second stanza. Scoring for UAA in front of 849 fans was Matt Bailey, Scott Warner and Nick Haddad.
The Dutchmen, of the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference, broke out to a three goal lead in the first 13 minutes of play with two even-strength tallies and a power-play goal in just seven shots on net. Adam Presizniuk got Union on the board at 6:46, followed by a pair of goals by Daniel Carr at 9:58 (power play) and 12:49, respectively.
The Seawolves didn't give up, responding with three of their own goals - two in the first period and one in the second. UAA gained momentum with a tally by freshman forward Bailey (second of season) at 16:26. Sophomore forward Mitch Bruijsten fed a pass from behind the net to Bailey who was station just outside the crease.
Approximately one minute after Bailey's goal, Union's John Simpson was tagged for tripping giving UAA its first power-play opportunity of the game. Sixty-five seconds later, the Seawolves closed the gap to one with a strike at 18:27 by sophomore defenseman Warner (second of season). Senior forward Craig Parkinson and freshman forward Jordan Kwas assisted on the play.
The Seawolves tied the game at 3-3 with their second short-handed goal of the season at 6:53 of the second period. Haddad, a senior forward from Fairbanks, picked up his first goal of the season and first shorty of his career off of a pass from senior forward Tommy Grant.
The Dutchmen regained a 4-3 lead with a strike at 17:27 by Kelly Zajac to end the period.
For the second consecutive night the Seawolves were looking for the equalizer in the third period and gave themselves plenty of opportunities, outshooting Union 18-2. Luckily for UAA, a would-be goal at 13:19 by Union was called off due to a Dutcheman in the crease.
With UAA's freshman goaltender Chris Kamal on the bench since 18:51 and a Union penalty, the Seawolves had 36.7 seconds to score with a 6-on-4 situation, but were unable to find the net.
Making his second start between the pipes, Kamal made 19 saves, while Union's Keith Kincaid stopped 33 shots.
UAA was 1-7 on the man advantage and Union was 1-3. The Seawolves were whistled for three penalties compared to the Dutchmen's seven. Overall UAA outshot Union, 36-23 after doubling its shot total from the first and second in the third period.
Senior forward Sean Wiles missed the second and third periods after suffering a shoulder injury in the first frame, while junior defenseman Brad Gorham was forced to sit out tonight's game after receiving a game disqualification on Friday night against Colorado College.
The Seawolves will start Western Collegiate Hockey Association action next weekend when they travel to Minnesota Duluth on Oct. 22-23. The puck is scheduled to drop at 4:07 p.m. AST on both nights.