TWO MORE GOALS FROM NELSON HELP NORTH DAKOTA DEFEAT ALASKA ANCHORAGE, 4-1
Sophomore forward Brock Nelson scores two goals and adds assist for Fighting Sioux
ANCHORAGE - Two goals by Brock Nelson gave the North Dakota Fighting Sioux the Western Collegiate Hockey Association series sweep with a 4-1 win over the host Alaska Anchorage Seawolves at the Sullivan Arena on Saturday evening.
The teams were deadlocked at 1-1 after the first 20 minutes of play before the Fighting Sioux (8-7-1, 5-6-0 WCHA) posted a winning record with three unanswered goals in the second period of play. UND moves into a two-way tie for fourth with Colorado College, while UAA remains tied for 11th in the 12-league team with Minnesota State.
The Fighting Sioux took a 1-0 lead when sophomore goaltender Chris Kamal (3-5-0) was unable to get back to his net in time after trying to clear the puck along the boards. It hit an edge and flew into the capable hands of Nelson, who easily placed it on net at 1:50 of the first.
Rookie Sam Mellor, a sniper from Cranbrook, B.C., collected his third of the season after redirecting a cross-ice shot from classmate Scott Allen at 7:41. Sophomore forward Jordan Kwas picked up the second helper on the man advantage strike, giving himself a four-game point streak.
Following the 1-1 tie at the first intermission, UND added three goals in the second frame to take a 4-1 lead after 40 minutes of play. Scoring for the Fighting Sioux were Ben Blood (on the power play) at 3:36 and Danny Kristo at 5:50, before Nelson furnished his team-leading 14th at 18:44.
After the second break, head bench boss Dave Shyiak replaced Kamal with sophomore neminder Rob Gunderson. Gunderson faced four shots in the third, while UND's goalie Aaron Dell (5-6-1) posted 10 saves; keeping the teams scoreless in the final period. Overall Dell made 19 stops, to Kamal's nine.
UAA was whistled for 12 minutes of penalties on six infractions, while UND was tagged for 7-of-14. The Seawolves were able to capitalize on the man advantage for the fourth straight game; going 1-for-6 while UND went 2-for-5.
The Seawolves outshot the Fighting Sioux, 9-5, before being held to a season-low one shot on net in the second period. UAA also outshot UND in the third, 10-4 for an overall edge of 20-17.
Tonight's game concluded UAA's final home appearance until Jan. 27-28 when it hosts Denver. The Seawolves will have one final series of 2011 when they face Colorado College on Dec. 9-10 in Colorado Springs, Colo. Friday's game is scheduled to commence at 5:37, followed by a 5:07 start on Saturday.