ANCHORAGE - Alaska Anchorage tallied a pair of power-play goals and hung on behind the goaltending of freshman Michael Matyas for a 2-1 exhibition victory over the University of British Columbia on Friday at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.
The Seawolves took a 2-0 lead thanks to a first-period strike from junior defenseman Austin Coldwell and a second-period score by freshman forward Dylan Hubbs, outshooting the Thunderbirds 23-12 through the first 40 minutes.
The visitors from Vancouver made a huge charge in the third period, firing off 12 unanswered shots on goal, including an even-strength tally by Greg Fraser at the 10-minute mark. But Matyas, a redshirt from Calgary, Alberta, was stellar in his Seawolf debut, stopping 24 of 25 shots.
Coldwell put UAA on the board at 6:24 of the first when he converted from the left face-off circle on passes from junior Derek Docken and sophomore Bobby Murphy. After the T-birds took a 5-minute major for checking-from-behind in the second stanza, freshman Zack Rassell found Hubbs with a perfect crossing pass at the 9:18 mark to make it 2-0. Sophomore defenseman Blake Leask also picked up an assist on the play.
UAA's victory marked a successful collegiate coaching debut for Matt Thomas, who begins his first season behind the Seawolf bench.
The Seawolves return to action with counting games next weekend when they host the 23rd annual Kendall Hockey Classic at Sullivan Arena. UAA faces Air Force on Friday, Oct. 11 at 8:07 p.m., before playing 2013 national runner-up Quinnipiac in the tourney finale, Saturday, Oct. 12 at 7:07 p.m.