Senior forward Luke Salazar posts goal and two assists for Pioneers

Luke Salazar had a goal and two assists for the Pioneers

ANCHORAGE - Playing their first home game in almost two months, the Alaska Anchorage Seawolves could not overcome an early deficit as they fell 4-2 to the 15th-ranked Denver Pioneers in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association game at Sullivan Arena.

The Seawolves (6-15-2, 3-15-1 WCHA) got goals from first- and second-line centers Matt Bailey and Eric Scheid, while winger Daniel Naslund tied for the team lead with his seventh assist of the season.

The Pioneers (14-8-3, 9-5-3) received goals from four different players as they improved their season-best winning streak to four games.

DU struck first when freshman winger Ty Loney scored even-strength at 8:13 of the first period. Sophomore center Nick Shore gave the visitors a 2-0 advantage at the 16:16 mark, slamming home a power-play tally.

Bailey quickly cut the deficit in half, however, as the sophomore from Winnipeg scored his fourth goal of the season just 96 seconds later, corralling a centering pass from Naslund and beating DU goalie Adam Murray.

Pioneers leading scorer Drew Shore would pick up his 16th goal only 89 seconds into the second period to extend the visitors' lead to 3-1, and the junior added his 37th point on linemate Luke Salazar's goal with seven minutes left in the second.

The Seawolves outshot the Pioneers 32-26 overall, including 10-6 in the third period, breaking through for the game's finally score on Scheid's goal with 3:47 on the clock. The tally wound up as an all-freshman affair as Scheid picked up his third career goal on feeds from fellow rookies Kory Roy (2nd assist) and Scott Allen (3rd assist).

Murray picked up the win in goal with 30 saves, while UAA's Rob Gunderson made 22 saves and took the loss.

The Seawolves were tagged for six minor penalties and the Pioneers were whistled for five. DU converted 1-of-4 power-play chances, with UAA went 0 of 3.

The teams, who are playing their only series this season, will meet for a rematch at 7:07 p.m. Saturday at the Sullivan.