MADISON, Wisc. - Despite two goals from senior Matt Bailey - including a shorthanded strike - and good goaltending by senior Chris Kamal the Alaska Anchorage Seawolves fell to the No. 13-ranked Wisconsin Badgers, 4-3 Saturday evening at the Kohl Center in a non-conference game.
With the teams tied, 3-3 in the third period, a fluke goal at 6:27 gave the Badgers (11-6-1) the win and series split in front of an announced crowd of 10,309. The Seawolves, who won 3-2 on Friday, fell to 500 on the season at 9-9-2 as they return to WCHA play, Jan. 10-11.
Like Friday evening, the Seawolves were first to strike when sophomore Blake Tatchell collected his second of the series at 9:24 of the opening period. Tatchell received a crisp feed from Chase Van Allen on a 3-on-2 rush, to beat netminder Joel Rumpel, five-hole.
Wisconsin's Jake McCabe netted his first of the night with 1:34 remaining in the fame before Tyler Barnes capitalized with just 22 seconds left to send the Badgers to the locker room with their first lead of the series.
However, UAA didn't let off the gas, and received back-to-back goals from Bailey at 6:33 and 8:11, respectively, in the second to regain their lead. Bailey, from Winnipeg, Manitoba, furnished UAA's first shorthanded tally of the season when he broke free from the Badgers' Kevin Schulze for a highlight reel goal.
Bailey's second tally was a wrister from the left circle from sophomore Ben Matthews, who collected his first collegiate point on Friday night.
Wisconsin registered a goal by Eddie Wittchow at 14:11 to end the period tied, 3-3, before McCabe's heartbreaking strike. McCabe fired from the right circle, hitting Tatchell, who was stationed outside of the crease. The puck ricocheted in for the 4-3 final.
In an evenly played game, the Seawolves out shot the Badgers for the second straight night, 29-24. Kamal (2-2-0) picked up the loss with 20 saves, but was responsible for keeping the game as close as it was, coming up with multiple huge stops. Rumpel (8-1-0) used 26 saves for the win.
Both teams were scoreless on the man advantage, with UAA going 0-for-4 and Wisconsin going 0-for-6. The Seawolves were also able to kill off a 5-on-3 opportunity for the Badgers in the second period.
UAA returns home to the Sullivan Arena next weekend when they host Minnesota State. The puck is scheduled to drop both evenings at 7:07 p.m. AST.