ANCHORAGE - Goals by seniors Jordan Kwas and Alex Gellert gave the Alaska Anchorage Seawolves a 2-2 tie against the No. 2-ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association game at the Sullivan Arena on Saturday evening.
Both the Seawolves (2-3-3, 0-2-2 WCHA) and the Gophers (6-2-1, 3-2-1 WCHA) furnished power-play goals in the first period, before each team netted their first even-strength tallies of the weekend in the third period of play. Minnesota sits tied at No. 4 in the WCHA standings with seven points, while UAA advanced to a three-way tie at No. 9 with two points.
The Golden Gophers struck early with their fifth power-play tally of the weekend at 2:11 of the opening frame. Seth Helgeson was credited with his first of the season, while Travis Boyd and Mike Reilly earned the assists.
Kwas knotted the game 1-1 at 12:21 of the first with UAA's second man advantage strike of the season. Rookie Blake Tatchell found Kwas centered outside the net, and the Cochrane, Alberta, native sent it five-hole. Freashman Blake Leask was credited with the second helper.
Following a scoreless second, Gellert gave the Seawolves their first lead of the weekend in the third period. Derek Docken fed Gellert the puck from the point for his fourth of the season and team-leading sixth point at 5:38.
The Gophers rallied when Erik Haula broke free from the Seawolf defense and went five-hole on Rob Gunderson for the equalizer at 13:31.
The game remained deadlocked in the final minutes of the third and was sent into extra minutes, giving UAA its second tie in three games.
Overall, Minnesota registered a 33-23 edge on Alaska Anchorage in shots, with UAA taking a 10-8 upper hand in the second frame. The Gophers managed to find the net five times in OT, while UAA was unable to crack the defense.
With the tie, Gunderson (31 saves) remains undefeated on the season with a 1-0-3 record, while Minnesota's Adam Wilcox (21 saves) sits at 5-1-1.
The Seawolves will be idle next weekend before returning to the road for a WCHA series against the Bemidji State Beavers, Nov. 23-24.