FAIRBANKS, Alaska - A pair of goals by senior Jade Portwood and three points by junior Daniel Naslund helped the Alaska Anchorage Seawolves to remain undefeated on the season with a 6-2 victory over the Mercyhurst Lakers in Game 3 of the Brice Alaska Goal Rush at the Carlson Center.
The Seawolves (3-0-1) struck early in the opening stanza with three goals, followed by one tally in the second and two in the third for UAA's best start since the 2007-08 campaign. The Lakers (0-4-0) continue to be winless against the Seawolves, dropping their fifth game against UAA, and fourth of the season.
The title of the Brice is still up for grabs, as host Alaska Fairbanks and Nebraska Omaha are currently in play in Game 4 of the tournament.
Good things come in three and that's exactly what happened in the first period of play. The Seawolves took a 3-1 lead over the Mercyhurst Lakers on tallies from sophomore Quinn Sproule, Naslund and Portwood.
Sproule, a local of Hussar, Alberta, picked up his second collegiate goal, putting the Seawolves on the board just 54 seconds into the opening stanza. On a pass from sophomore defenseman Wes McLeod - suiting up for his first game of the season - and junior forward Mitch Bruijsten, Sproule fired a wrister to the left of the Lakers' netminder Max Strang and beat him, glove side.
Naslund, UAA's current point leader with 3-4-7 totals, would give the Seawolves a two-goal advantage at 9:59 and extend his point streak to four games with his first-collegiate shorthanded strike. Junior Alex Gellert, who picked up an assist last night, fed Naslund the puck in the neutral zone before Naslund skated it in patiently, and found mesh.
The Seawolves would lead 3-0 at 16:04 when senior Jade Portwood tallied his first goal of the season and the eventual game winner. Freshman defenseman Austin Coldwell registered his first collegiate helper after firing wide on the net; Portwood collected the rebound off the boards and squeezed it by Strang's pads.
The would-be shutout came to an end just a minute and 32 seconds later when the Lakers' Daniel Bahntge got by UAA's goaltender, Chris Kamal at 17:36.
Finding the back of the net for the first time with the Green & Gold was rookie Sam Mellor, who picked up a rebound in a scramble just outside the crease and fired it home for his third point of the season at 16:46. Claiming assists on the only goal in the second period were Bruijsten and junior defenseman Scott Warner.
At 3:07 of the third, the Lakers brought it within two with a power-play tally at 3:07 - just six seconds into a Mellor slashing penalty. The puck was fired by Nick Jones from the point and deflected off of Elliott Jones for a 4-2 score.
The game would swing back in favor of UAA at 11:08 and 12:32 of the frame with even-strength goals by junior forward Tyler Currier - his first of the season - and Portwood's second strike, respectively. The final goal of the night would give Portwood his first multi-goal game since Jan. 15, 2010 against Michigan Tech.
In addition to Portwood and Bruisjten, Naslund and Gellert registered multi-point games. Naslund, from Nykoping, Sweden, earned the Player of the Game accolade. Also claiming his first collegiate point was rookie Derek Docken with an assist on Currier's goal.
Between the pipes for UAA, Kamal posted 22 saves and earned the win, while Strang was credited with 38 saves with the loss. The Seawolves tallied a season-high 44 shots on net; marking the fourth-consecutive night UAA has placed 30+ shots on goal.
The Seawolves were 1-4 on the man advantage, while the Lakers were 1-3. UAA was only tagged for three penalties in 120 minutes of play over the weekend in Fairbanks.
Senior defenseman Curtis Leinweber missed the game with a pulled groin.
UAA will commence Western Collegiate Hockey Association action next weekend with an away series against the Nebraska Omaha Mavericks on Oct. 21-22. The games will be the first meetings between the teams in Omaha.