Minnesota Earns Saturday Night Point
After a dominating win on Friday night, the Gophers put themselves into the box and into a battle with Alaska Anchorage Saturday. The Seawolves capitalized with a power play goal in the first, added another goal early in the third, but Erik Haula’s game tying goal in the third allowed the Gophers to leave Alaska with three points.
The Seawolves chose to live dangerously early in the first period, taking a penalty just 18 seconds into the game after giving up four power play goals on Friday night. Travis Boyd led a power play breakout up the rink, dished to Seth Ambroz on the left wing, who got his third goal of the year by firing one from off one knee past Seawolves goalie Rob Gunderson.
Alaska Anchorage, 0-2 on power play Friday night, got three chances in the first period Saturday, and tied the game on their third chance when Jordan Kwas found some open space in the slot and Blake Tatchell found Kwas to tie the game.
Alaska Anchorage took a lead in the third period as Alex Gellert banked one off a shin pad to beat Adam Wilcox at 5:38 in to the third. Haula then tied the game at 13:31 of the third when Mark Alt found him during a neutral zone regroup and the Finn broke into the zone to beat Gunderson with a quick release wrist shot.
The only lineup change for the Gophers from Friday to Saturday was Justin Holl dressing instead of AJ Michaelson. Also, after picking up his second collegiate shutout, Wilcox got a back-to-back start and his sixth consecutive start for the Gophers. He was steady in net for Coach Don Lucia making 21 saves.
Minnesota currently sits in fourth place in the WCHA standings with 7 points in 5 games behind Denver who swept Minnesota State this weekend, Colorado College who swept Wisconsin and Bemidji State, and St. Cloud State who swept Minnesota State and split with Denver and North Dakota.
The team will fly home to Minneapolis Sunday morning and welcome Bucky Badger to Mariucci Arena next Friday night for a 7pm faceoff. The game will be televised on FSN and on the airwaves by ESPN 1500. Saturday’s game will be a late 8pm faceoff with the same radio coverage, but television handled by BTN for the first of their six Gopher hockey broadcasts.