ANCHORAGE - Led by two goals from Kory Roy and solid netminding from Chris Kamal, the Alaska Anchorage hockey team solidified their hold on fourth place in the tightly-bunched Western Collegiate Hockey Association standings with a 4-2 win over Northern Michigan here Saturday night at Sullivan Arena.
The Seawolves (13-10-3, 9-8-3) pushed their WCHA point total to 21 - two behind third-place Bowling Green. The Wildcats (10-12-2, 8-7-1) remain sixth with 17 points - one ahead of a trio of teams tied for seventh.
The win gave UAA a series split and pushed their record to 6-2-1 over the past nine games.
Roy scored goals in the first and third periods and Kamal, in his ninth straight start in net, registered 21 saves in pushing his season mark to 6-3-1.
After killing off back-to-back NMU 5-on-3 power plays early on, Scott Allen put UAA up 1-0 on a power-play strike at 12:00 of the first period. Allen, who had missed the five previous games due to injury, went top shelf, glove side for the tally - his 12th the season. Matt Bailey and Jordan Kwas were credited with assists.
Roy made it 2-0 Seawolves just 1:43 later, as he banged home a rebound after back-to-back shots and subsequent rebounds from Andrew Pettit and Hayden Trupp.
The Wildcats made it 2-1 via the power play at 7:31 of the second period as Dominik Shine tipped in a Mitch Jones blast from the point.
Roy gave UAA another two-goal cushion at 8:28 of the third when he one-timed a pass from Bailey that rang in off the crossbar to put the Seawolves up 3-1. Trupp picked up his second assist of the night on the play.
The Wildcats pulled to within one at 3-2 just 1:24 later a defensive lapse in the UAA zone led to a Reed Seckel goal right in front.
But Jordan Kwas made it 4-2 at the 11:24 mark when he gathered in a rebound from a Blake Leask shot and slid it home. In addition to Leask, Brett Cameron earned an assist on the goal.
NMU goalie Mathias Dahlstrom (9-10-2) had 22 saves on a night that UAA owned a slight 26-23 shots on goal advantage.
The Wildcats were 1-for-5 on the power play while the Seawolves went 1-for-3.
After an off weekend next week, the Seawolves will travel to Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., for a WCHA series at Lake Superior State on Feb. 7-8.