BRUIJSTEN SCORES HAT TRICK TO LEAD ALASKA ANCHORAGE PAST COLORADO COLLEGE, 6-3
Junior forward Mitch Bruijsten nets hat trick for Seawolves

Mitch Bruijsten scored a hat trick for the Seawolves

Alaska Anchorage scored four goals on the power play and added another while playing a man down to shock No. 6 Colorado College, 6-3, on Friday night at the World Arena.

Junior right wing William Rapuzzi and Alexander Krushelnyski scored 1:41 apart to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead just 8:23 into the game, and CC had a chance to extend its lead late in the first period on its only power play of the night.

Junior left wing Mitch Bruijsten put UAA on the board 57 seconds after junior center Chris Crowell was sent off for a two-minute checking-from-behind infraction, and Bruijsten tied the game three minutes into the second period after senior center/captain Nick Dineen was whistled for obstruction tripping.

Dineen answered 16 seconds later when he knocked the rebound of his own shot past Rob Gunderson, but that was the last Colorado College shot that would find the Seawolves' net.

"We got off to a good start," head coach Scott Owens said. "But suddenly...it just turned out to be a bad night."

Senior left wing Curtis Leinweber knotted the score again little less than two minutes after Dineen on UAA's only even-strength tally of the contest, then junior right wing Austin Coldewll put the visitors ahead to stay with his first goal of the season with 8:43 remaining in the second period.

Alaska Anchorage took advantage of a five-minute checking-from-behind penalty on CC freshman right wing Charlie Taft to put the game away. Senior defenseman Brad Gorham gave the Seawolves a two-goal lead 1:09 into the third period, and then Bruijsten completed his hat trick 3:46 later.

UAA converted on four of 11 power plays, while Colorado College was 0-for-1.

Gunderson, a sophomore, finished with 26 saves, while junior Joe Howe stopped 20 shots in 43:55 between the pipes. Freshman Courtney Lockwood, making his collegiate debut, steered aside all four shots he faced during the final 16:05.

The Tigers will attempt to salvage a split of the two-game series when the teams face off at 7:07 p.m. MT Saturday.