ANCHORAGE - Rookie Corbin Karl netted the game-winning goal as the Alaska Anchorage Seawolves furnish their first Western Collegiate Hockey Association win of the season with a 3-1 defeat over the No. 15 Michigan Tech Huskies at the Sullivan Arena on Friday evening.
For the second consecutive game, the Seawolves (4-6-1, 1-6-0 WCHA) took a 1-0 lead halfway through the first before posting a two-goal lead early in the second. The Huskies (6-4-1, 4-4-1 WCHA) responded two minutes before the second intermission, but the momentum was lost there as UAA capitalized in the third for the 3-1 score.
In front of 3,434 fans, the Seawolves collected their first points of the season and are now tied for 11th with North Dakota in the league standings. Michigan Tech dropped into a three-way tie for fifth with Wisconsin and St. Cloud State at nine points apiece.
At 10:15 of the opening stanza, sophomore forward Matt Bailey registered his third goal of the season with the teams skating 4-on-4. Freshmen defensemen Derek Docken and Austin Coldwell each posted their second helpers of their UAA careers.
With three minutes and 21 seconds left in the frame, senior forward Jade Portwood sprained his knee and was helped off the ice. Portwood would not return for the remaining two periods.
Karl, a defenseman from Foremost, Alberta, not only got the game-winning goal but it was his first of his collegiate career. Classmate Eric Scheid, who now holds a two-game point streak, sent a backhander between two Huskies to Karl, who lifted it for a 2-0 lead at 1:08 of the second.
The Huskies, who are now 0-3-0 on the road this season, ended the shutout at 18:07 of the period with an even-strength tally by sophomore Brad Stebner.
The teams would go back-in-forth with multiple scoring opportunities, but it was the Seawolves' night as junior forward Mitch Bruijsten gained control of the puck on a 4-on-3 UAA power play at 8:11. Sophomore Jordan Kwas, who missed the last five games with a shoulder injury, returned to the lineup in full force and was credited with the first assist.
Junior defenseman Scott Warner tallied his first multi-point game with the Green & Gold, earning two assists on the night.
The Seawolves, who hold a five-game winning streak against the Huskies, were backstopped by sophomore goaltender Chris Kamal (3-3-0). While facing just 19 shots - the fewest allowed by UAA this season - Kamal (18 saves) kept UAA in the game, coming up with huge stops for the win. MTU's junior Kevin Genoe (1-2-0) picked up the loss with 21 saves.
The Seawolves were 1-for-3 on the man advantage, while the Huskies were 0-for-3. UAA spent 21 minutes in the box, including a 5-minute major and game misconduct on rookie Scott Allen for grasping the facemask, while MTU was tagged for 12 minutes.
The Seawolves and the Huskies will reunite tomorrow night at 7:07 p.m. AST at the Sullivan Arena.