ANCHORAGE - Jordan Kwas scored the game-winner with 8:47 left in the third and goalie Chris Kamal came up huge in goal as Alaska Anchorage hung on for a 2-1 win over Minnesota State in a WCHA game Friday night at the Sullivan Arena.
The victory lifted the Seawolves to 10-9-2 overall and into a tie for fifth in the tightly-bunched WCHA with a 6-7-2 mark. The Mavericks slipped to 12-9-0 overall and 10-5-0 (second) in the WCHA.
The win was especially sweet for the Seawolves, which spent the week stranded in Minneapolis after last week's series at Wisconsin and were not able to return to Anchorage until Thursday evening.
The game-winning goal was a thing of beauty. Blake Tatchell raced the puck out of his own end, through the neutral zone before crossing the ice in the Maverick zone, bringing the Minnesota State defense with him. At long last he slid the puck across to a wide-open Kwas stationed on left post and Kwas buried the game winner.
Meanwhile Kamal was outstanding, stopping 27 of the 28 MSU shots on goal, including many point-blank attempts. That proved critical on a night when UAA fired a season-low 10 shots on goal for the game.
Freshman Brad Duwe put the Seawolves up 1-0 just 51 seconds into the game on his first career goal. Duwe came from behind the MSU net and stuffed it past Maverick netminder Cole Huggins. UAA's Brett Cameron assisted on the tally.
MSU tied things at 1-1 at 16:39 of the first when Zach Stepan deflected in a Zach Lehrke blast from the point at roughly shoulder height that bounced off the ice and past Kamal.
UAA improved to an impressive 8-2-1 at home on the season.