ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Anchorage Seawolves dropped a 3-1 Western Collegiate Hockey Association game Friday at the Sullivan Arena to the visiting No. 17 Lake Superior State Lakers.
Following a scoreless opening stanza, the Seawolves (7-8-2, 4-7-2 WCHA) were first to strike before allowing three straight second-period tallies, giving the Lakers (10-6-1, 6-5-0 WCHA) the win in the teams' first-ever meeting in Anchorage.
Sophomore Blake Tatchell extended his career- and team-high point streak to six games with his fifth goal and second power-play tally of the season. Senior Jordan Kwas centered to senior Matt Bailey, who found Tatchell open in the slot for the 1-0 lead at 7:33 of the second.
Just 1:25 after Tatchell's goal, the Lakers knotted the game at 8:58 with a goal by Michell Nardi before a power-play goal by Kevin Czuczman at 12:18 gave LSSU the lead. Ian Miller made it a two-goal game at 17:40 after capitalizing on a UAA turnover. It was the first collegiate goals for both Nardi and Miller.
With UAA on the power-play, bench boss Matt Thomas pulled redshirt freshman Michael Matyas at 2:07 for a 6-on-4, but it proved ineffective, extending the Lakers winning streak to five games against UAA.
Matyas (2-2-1), getting his first home start since the opening weekend vs. Air Force, picked up the loss with 20 saves, while Kevin Kapalka (6-4-1) earned the victory with 28 saves.
After both teams combined for just 10 shots in the first, UAA outshot LSSU, 12-10 in the second and 13-7 in the third for an overall 29-23 shot total.
LSSU went 1-for-4 on the power play, while the Seawolves were 1-for-5.
The Seawolves and Lakers will square off again tomorrow evening at 7:07 p.m.