ANCHORAGE - Alaska Anchorage held a slight lead in shots on goal, but the Seawolves could not slow down the nation's leading offense as No. 8 Minnesota skated to a 5-0 victory in Western Collegiate Hockey Association action at the Sullivan Arena.
The Seawolves (3-3-1, 0-3-0 WCHA) suffered their first home shutout since a 5-0 loss to North Dakota on Oct. 23, 2009.
Meanwhile, the Golden Gophers (6-1-0, 3-0-0) stayed perfect in league play and snapped a three-game losing streak against the Seawolves thanks to a 22-save performance from senior goalie Kent Patterson. The visitors also got a pair of goals - his sixth and seventh on the season - from sophomore center Erik Haula, who entered as the nation's leading scorer with 14 points.
Haula put the Gophers on the board first with 2 minutes remaining in the first period when he slammed a point-blank shot past UAA goalie Chris Kamal (16 saves). UM's Zach Budish picked up the first of his two assists on the play.
UM took control in the second when Patterson made 14 of his saves and Nick Bjugstad and Mark Alt extended the lead to 3-0. Justin Holl and Haula finished the goal-scoring in the third. Haula (2 goals, 1 assist), Bjugstad (1 goal, 1 assist), Kyle Rau (2 assists), Nate Schmidt (2 assists) and Budish (2 assists) all picked up multipoint games for the Gophers.
Both teams committed four minor penalties, but Minnesota converted on 2 of 3 power plays while UAA went 0 of 3.
The same teams will meet Saturday at 7:07 p.m. in the Gophers' last appearance in Anchorage as a member of the WCHA. UM is not scheduled to come north next year before moving to the Big Ten Conference in 2013-14.