…And Out Come The Seawolves

Alaska Anchorage limped into Houghton, Mich., last weekend.

The Seawolves, losers of three of their past four coming into the series with Michigan Tech, were outscored 8-2 by Minnesota State the previous weekend in Mankato, Minn.

And instead of returning to Anchorage, UAA remained in the Midwest, giving them some extra time to think about it as a team.

As it turns out, that extra time in the Lower 48 did the Seawolves some good.

Alaska Anchorage waltzed into MacInnes Student Ice Arena and took two games from No. 17 Michigan Tech. Both games were 3-2 wins and in both games, UAA trailed at the second intermission and scored two goals in the third period.

Sean McTavish scored two goals and Tad Kozun had the game-winner Friday, while Jarrett Brown, Chase Van Allen and Brad Duwe all scored Saturday. Goaltender Olivier Mantha, who has made 12 straight starts, stopped 62 of 66 shots.

The road sweep was UAA’s first outside of the state of Alaska since 2011, and the wins should rejuvinate the Seawolves, now 8-6-2 overall and 5-4-1 in the league, as they return to Anchorage this weekend for their instate Governor’s Cup grudge match with Alaska.

Try, Try, Tie

That anticipated matchup between conference frontrunners Bowling Green and Minnesota State didn’t decide much.

In fact, as is becoming somewhat of a routine for the WCHA this season, the teams skated to a pair of 2-2 draws both Friday and Saturday.

That’s not to say each game wasn’t without drama. In Friday night’s game, the Falcons scored twice in the final five minutes — including Ben Murphy’s wrist-shot with seven seconds remaining.

On Saturday, it was Minnesota State who tied it in the third period, on Zeb Knutson’s power-play goal.

So where does that leave us? Well, Minnesota State began last week tied with Michigan Tech for first in the league. But by the end of the weekend, the Mavericks leapfrogged the Huskies with the two points earned to go into first place, while the Falcons pulled into a tie for second place.

If last weekend was any indication, the rematch series in February is going to go a long way towards who ultimately wins the MacNaughton Cup.

Superior in Alaska

Don’t look now, but Lake Superior State has itself a three-game win streak.

The Lakers, who split with Ferris State the weekend previous, traveled to Alaska last weekend and gutted out a pair of 4-2, 2-0 wins against the host Nanooks. The sweep has the Lakers within striking distance of fourth place in the conference — they’re currently tied for sixth place with a 4-3-3 overall league record and 11 points.

But perhaps the biggest surprise is how they’re achieving their modest success so far. The Lakers are unbeaten on the road in league play (3-0-3) but have just one league win in Sault Ste. Marie.

They host UP rivals Michigan Tech this weekend  – will they finally be able to earn some more wins at home?

  • Billymbrew

    I thought he was showing character by returning to school to finish his education?

    • B.D.

      Surprisingly, when I was a hockey camp counselor at UND in the 80’s we had several of the pro’s who were resident instructors on site who disappeared various times throughout the day.
      THey were attending summer school to finish up. Did they somehow fail in your eyes because they did not finish their senior years but rather chose to join the pro’s for the last weeks of the year?
      If so, you might relook your priorities.

      • Billymbrew

        Sioux fans argued that he showed character by returning to school for an education with his teammates rather than turning pro. However once his hockey season was done he left. I am saying that the character argument was flawed and I am happy the Hobey panel saw that as well.

        • B.D.

          So turning down a lucrative contract in some manner show’s character?
          I would say it would show foolishness and lack of clear logic.

          • Billymbrew

            The sioux fans said that was why he should win the Hobey. I am pointing out that even if it did show character he didn’t do it.

  • Jrobs

    Frattin lost 2-0. Not 1-0. Just in case anyone forgot.

  • Where Eagles Dare

    What else could an Eagle ask for…the Irish and Timid Sue out in the same night. It’s funny, all the obnoxious ND fans are back in their caves, until they go for another run in 9 years.

    Good luck, suckers!

    • Talk about loser, the aforementioned troll is a poster boy for losers every where.

    • SiouxAlumDenver

      This coming from a guy whose team got SMOKED by a middle of the road WCHA team in the first round but wants to talk $hit to everyone else?

  • psh

    Very classy of the team and staff to stay behind to support Frattin. Nice touch. And it was touching to see what salt-of-the-earth people Frattin’s parents were. Stark contrast to the others. Congrats to Miele, too. Deserving winner.

    • Scott Fitzgerald

      i’m going to the leaf vs habs tonight..Frattin will get a long standing ovation if he gets a Goal tonight ! Watch the game. I’m a Union Fan..but ND has a great team..they will be back..

  • SiouxPerMan

    I guess some people think anyone who didn’t win the Hobey or the national championship is a loser. By that yardstick, all but one player in college hockey is a loser. Why do we watch a bunch of losers play? Does that make us losers? Me, I like the game and seeing a player’s individual and team skills. I’d rather play but my playing days are over. Great season for my Sioux.

  • Guest 2

    Why all the hostility? Friday night at the X was very enjoyable. The 3 finalist were all very gracious young men. Miele and Frattin were particularly nice to my sons. Good luck as they embark on exciting careers! GO BULLDOGS!!!

    • B.D.

      He has anger issues. Perhaps a UND player is dating his ex girlfriend? Or perhaps he believes HE should be the focus of attention placed on Sioux players?
      Regardless, for the amount of hatred he shows, he must be disgruntled homeboy.