EAGLE RIVER - The Alaska Anchorage Seawolves started their 2012-13 slate with an 3-1 exhibition win over the University of Regina Cougars on Saturday evening in front of 640 spectators at the Harry J. McDonald Center.
The Seawolves struck first and early with an even-strength tally by senior Tyler Currier, just under three minutes into the opening stanza. Currier was able to get ahead of his defender and collect a pass from sophomore Austin Coldwell to beat netminder Andrew Hayes, high and glove-side for the 1-0 lead.
The Seawolves extended their lead to two with a goal by senior Alex Gellert off the faceoff at 15:30 of the second period. Rookie Blake Tatchell registered the helper on the play. Coldwell extended the lead to three at 7:31 of the final period, unassisted.
The Cougars lone tally came at 11:27 of the third from Matt Strueby.
At the halfway mark of the second, head bench boss Dave Shyiak replaced junior Chris Kamal in net for classmate Rob Gunderson - giving each an equal opportunity in the crease. Kamal had eight saves in net, while Gunderson made five. Hayes was credited with 15, while Mitch Kilgore stopped 12.
UAA outshot Regina, 30-14, including a 13-3 lead in the second period.
The Seawolves were 0-for-7 on the man advantage, while the Cougars went 0-for-4. UAA was tagged for 10 minutes, compared to 16 minutes of time in the box.
All proceeds from tonight's game go to the Mustang Hockey Association, which put on the event.
The official UAA season gets under way next week with the annual Kendall Hockey Classic, Oct. 12-13 at the Sullivan Arena. Alaska Fairbanks and Air Force kick off the tourney at 5:07 p.m. on Friday, followed by the Seawolves against Canisius at 8:07 p.m. The Lower 48 clubs flip opponents with the Alaska schools on Saturday, with opening faceoffs set for 4:07 p.m. and 7:07 p.m.