ANCHORAGE - Playing each other for the last time in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association game, the Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs came away with the series sweep with a 2-1 win over the Alaska Anchorage Seawolves on Saturday evening at the Sullivan Arena.
The Seawolves (3-9-4, 1-8-3 WCHA) and the Bulldogs (7-8-3, 5-6-3 WCHA) each used first period strikes for a 1-1 score that lasted until the halfway mark of the third when UMD furnished the game-winning goal off a faceoff for the conference sweep.
After teams skated to a scoreless second period, Minnesota Duluth broke the deadlock at 9:42 of the third, giving the Bulldogs - who registered a 5-1 in on Friday -their first sweep in Anchorage since 1996. UMD's Tony Cameranesi won the draw against Matt Bailey, dropping it back to Mike Seidel for a quick wrister.
The night started off with a 2-on-1 attack with sophomore Scott Allen and freshman Blake Tatchell, before Allen received a five-minute major and a game misconduct for checking from behind at 4:56 of the opening frame, setting up a UMD power-play strike just 20 seconds later.
The Seawolves were able to kill off the remaining 4:40 in the man advantage before knotting the game at 12:05 with senior center Daniel Naslund's second tally of the season. Freshman Hayden Trupp was able to gather the puck following a scramble in the offensive zone, hitting Naslund in front of the net.
Suiting up in his first collegiate game was Eagle River's Ben Matthews, who also managed two shots on net.
Junior Rob Gunderson (24 saves) dropped to 1-3-4 on the season, while Matt McNeely (16 saves) improved to 5-4-1.
The Seawolves will have two weekends off over the holiday break to prepare for a home series against Wisconsin, Jan. 4-5. The games are scheduled to commence at 7:07 p.m. AST.