ANCHORAGE - Senior Chris Kamal backstopped the Alaska Anchorage Seawolves to a 1-0 victory over No. 17 Lake Superior State, while junior Brett Cameron seized the game-winning goal with 15.9 seconds left in regulation for the Western Collegiate Hockey Association win at the Sullivan Arena on Saturday.
With overtime looming, the Seawolves (8-8-2, 5-7-2 WCHA) and the Lakers (10-7-1, 6-6-0 WCHA) were scoreless as the final seconds began to run off the clock when Cameron punched home his sixth of the season to give UAA the WCHA split. The win moved the Seawolves into a three-way tie at No. 5 in the league standings with LSSU and Michigan Tech with 12 points apiece.
Cameron, from Spruce Grove, Alberta, furnished his second game-winning tally of the season after capitalizing on senior forward Matt Bailey's rebound, sending the puck top-shelf, blocker side from point blank. Junior forward Scott Allen picked up the second helper on the play.
Getting his first start in net this season, Kamal came away with Player of the Game honors following his fifth career shutout. Kamal, from Alpharetta, Ga., now has the second-most career shutouts for a Seawolf, trailing Doug Teskey's seven from 1996-99.
Kamal (1-1-0) made 19 saves in the win, while LSSU's Kevin Murdock (4-3-0) turned aside 26 shots. The Seawolves outshot the Lakers, 27-19, including a 14-5 advantage in the second period.
Both teams were held scoreless on the man advantage, going 0-for-4 and serving 10 minutes in the penalty box. UAA has only been scoreless on the power play in six games this season.
The Seawolves will have two weekends off for the Holiday Break before heading to former-WCHA member Wisconsin for a pair of non-conference games, Jan. 3-4 in Madison, Wis. The games are scheduled to commence at 4:07 p.m. AST both evenings.