ANCHORAGE - Freshmen Dylan Hubbs and Tanner Dusyk each furnished their first collegiate goals to lift the Alaska Anchorage Seawolves 3-1 over the visiting Michigan Tech Huskies Friday evening at the Sullivan Arena in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association game.
The Seawolves (6-4-1, 3-3-1) - who are now 5-0-0 at home - used two tallies in the opening frame to take a two-goal lead heading into the first intermission for just the second time of the season. The Huskies (4-8-1, 2-3-0 WCHA) ended the shutout in the third with a power-play tally, before Dusyk returned the lead to two, putting UAA fourth in the WCHA standings with seven total points.
Putting UAA on the board was senior forward Jordan Kwas from Cochrane, Alberta. Kwas scored his first tally since registering a hat trick in the Kendall Hockey Classic and third man-advantage strike of the season off a pass from junior forward Andrew Pettitt at 14:23.
Hubbs would post the game-winning goal at 17:38 after redirecting defenseman Chris Williams shot from the blueline to beat netminder Jamie Phillips, high and glove-side. Sophomore Hayden Trupp received the second helper on the play for his first point of the season.
UAA held onto the lead throughout the second and halfway into the third before Tanner Kero struck at 10:20 with a power-play goal. The Seawolves continued to control the game - despite placing just nine shots on goal in final two frames - when Dusyk collected his own rebound at 18:23 for the 3-1 final.
Senior goaltender Rob Gunderson (22 saves) earned the win in net to improve to 4-2-0, while Phillips dropped to 1-2-1 with 17 stops. Tech out shot UAA, 23-20.
The Seawolves went 1-for-5 on the power play and continue to hold down the No. 1 position in the WCHA with 23-percent efficiency (14-for-61) on the man advantage - good for a two-way tie with Union at No. 10 in the nation.
For the first time since 1987-88, the Seawolves are undefeated at home with five wins. Additionally, the last time UAA won five straight home games was during the 1998-99 season.
The Seawolves and the Huskies will rematch tomorrow night at the Sullivan Arena with the puck scheduled to drop at 7:07 p.m. AST.