FAIRBANKS - Senior forward Matt Bailey's game-winning overtime goal gave the Alaska Anchorage Seawolves a 3-2 win over nationally-ranked No. 12 Denver University in Game 3 of the Brice Alaska Goal Rush on Saturday at the Carlson Center.
The Seawolves (3-1-0) led the opening stanza and seven minutes into the second before the Pioneers (2-2-0) knotted the game and eventually took the lead early in the third. The DU lead would last for eight minutes before the Seawolves' Scott Allen (Oakbank, Manitoba) netted the game-tying goal to send the game into extra minutes.
UAA collected its second win over a ranked opponent and third overall of the season when freshman Dylan Hubbs capitalized on a Pioneer turnover that resulted in a 2-on-1 rush. Hubbs, from Beaumont, Alberta, fed Bailey a perfect pass to beat netminder Evan Cowley, blocker side at 3:45 of extra minutes.
The tally was Bailey's third of the weekend and team-high fourth of the season, while Hubbs also collected the helper on Allen's game-tying goal at 11:41. Bailey scored both of UAA's goals on Friday against Western Michigan and is now 4-2-6 in four contests.
The Seawolves were first to strike at 3:32 of the first thanks to rookie forward Zack Rassell, who collected the puck along the boards and beat Cowley five hole for his first collegiate goal and the 1-0 lead. Cowley, who made 33 saves in the loss, was making his collegiate debut.
DU tied the game at 7:22 of the second with a goal by David Makowski, before Joey Laleggia's 5-on-3 man-advantage strike at 3:40 of the third gave the Pioneers the lead.
The Seawolves led shots on goal for the second straight night, beating the Pioneers, 36-28 after 65 minutes of play. UAA was scoreless on the power play for the first time of the season, missing out on five opportunities, while DU went 1-for-7.
Registering his second collegiate win was freshman goaltender Michael Matyas with 26 saves.
The Seawolves also defeated then-No. 10 Quinnipiac in their season-opening game on Oct. 11. The win marked the first against the Pioneers since Nov. 7, 2011 when UAA won 7-3 at the Sullivan Arena.
The Seawolves are idle next weekend before starting conference play on the road against new member Bowling Green, Nov. 1-2.