FAIRBANKS, Alaska. - Backstopped by sophomore Rob Gunderson's first collegiate shutout, the Alaska Anchorage Seawolves remain undefeated on the year with a 3-0 victory over No. 15/16 Nebraska Omaha in a non-conference game at the Brice Alaska Goal Rush on Friday. The Seawolves attack was spearheaded by a trio of sophomores; Mark Pustin, Quinn Sproule and Matt Bailey.
Following a scoreless first period, the Seawolves (2-0-1) came out to play in the second frame with three straight tallies. The Seawolves were able to hold off the Mavericks (1-2-0) in the final 20 minutes of play for their second win on the season.
Pustin started the scoring frenzy at 9:43 on a pass from junior Tyler Currier in the Seawolf zone. Pustin, who picked up UAA's first goal against Clarkson on Oct. 7, collected the puck in neutral ice and staked it in to the left of UNO's netminder, John Faulkner, and sent a wrister, top-shelf to break the deadlock.
Sproule gave UAA a two-goal lead at 14:44 from just inside the blueline with his first tally of the season. On a pass from junior Daniel Naslund and senior Jade Portwood, Sproule fired through traffic and beat a screened Faulkner.
The sophomore goal spree was completed just 40 seconds later at 15:24 when Bailey brought it in on the right side of the net and lifted the puck, glove side. Rookie Sam Mellor claimed his second assist on the season, while Gunderson was credit with the second assist.
Following the third UAA strike, freshmen goalie Ryan Massa replaced Faulkner in net.
Gunderson (1-0-1), who received the Player of the Game honor, was credited with 23 saves in the win, while Faulkner registered the loss with 18 saves and Massa had 14.
The Seawolves and the Mavericks were both perfect throughout the game, with neither team being tagged for a penalty. The last time UAA wasn't whistled for a minor was on March 3, 2000 against Alaska Fairbanks - UAA won that game at UAF, 3-1. Tonight's game marks just the fourth time ever the Seawolves haven't spent time in the box.
The Seawolves will take the on the Mercyhurst Lakers on Saturday in Game 3 of the tournament at 4:05 p.m. ADT. UAA owns the all-time record against the Lakers, 4-0-0.
The UAF Nanooks will face Mercyhurst in Game 2 of the tournament tonight, before the Nanooks and Mavericks see each other at 7:07 p.m. ADT on Saturday.