Junior defenseman Mitch Jones scores twice for Wildcats

Junior defenseman Mitch Jones scored two goals for the Wildcats

ANCHORAGE - Northern Michigan's Mitch Jones scored a pair of power-play goals Friday to propel the Wildcats to a 3-1 Western Collegiate Hockey Association victory over Alaska Anchorage at Sullivan Arena.

The Seawolves (12-10-3, 8-8-3 WCHA) outshot the Wildcats 23-17 but could not manage to stay hot on their home ice, where they lost for just the third time in 13 games this year.

In addition to Jones's offensive performance, the Wildcats (10-11-2, 8-6-1) got a stellar showing in goal from Mathias Dahlstrom, who made 22 saves, including all nine shots he faced in the third period.

After Jones gave the visitors an early lead at the 11:27 mark of the first, UAA freshman Dylan Hubbs struck just three minutes later for his third goal of the season, poking home a rebound shot by linemate Andrew Pettitt. It was Pettitt's fourth assist, while freshman Chase Van Allen picked up his sixth helper on the play.

Jones struck for the game-winning tally midway through the second period, and NMU's Reed Seckel provided an insurance goal at 12:21 of the third period to cap the scoring.

UAA senior Chris Kamal took the loss in goal, making seven of his 14 saves during the second period.

Friday's game was the first between the teams - now rivals in the newly shaped WCHA - since the 1996-97 season.

Despite the loss, the Seawolves remain fourth in the WCHA standings with 19 points, while NMU jumped into sixth place with 17 points. The same two teams face off Saturday for the series finale at Sullivan at 7:07 p.m.