Saturday, November 22, 2008

Tigers drop another series opener
Big third period lifts UAA to 4-2 victory

Unable to shake the Friday-night blues, Colorado College repeated what is becoming a disturbing pattern.

The Tigers were presented with plenty of opportunities – mainly in the form of a dozen power plays – but still managed to come out on the short end of their series opener at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

The upstart Seawolves struck for a pair of tallies just 29 seconds apart early in the third period, then held on for a 4-2 victory that pulled them to within one point of second-place in the WCHA standings.

CC, which still occupies that spot despite losing for the third consecutive Friday, not only failed to take advantage of all but one of their 12 power plays, but also allowed a shorthanded goal by Paul Crowder at 3:28 of the final frame that proved to be the game winner.

It was Crowder’s second red lighter of the night.

Chad Rau scored in the first period and Eric Walsky pulled the Tigers to within 3-2 with 10:02 left to play, but UAA iced the triumph with an empty netter by Tommy Grant in the final half minute. Grant set up both of Crowder’s goals.

Rau and Walsky also assisted on each other’s goal, Walsky’s coming with Alaska Anchorage shorthanded. Senior Drew O’Connell finished with 18 saves, including 12 in the third period that began with the score tied at 1-1.

Colorado College, now 7-3-3 overall and 5-3-1 in league play, has produced only 10 goals in seven Friday games so far this season.

The Seawolves, who also got a goal from Craig Parkinson, improved to 7-4-2 overall and 4-3-2 in the WCHA.


Anonymous said...

Great win by UAA. So nice to see the fan support for the boys at the Sully.

TigerPride said...

I'm glad UAA is actually playing WCHA caliber hockey this season, in a league like this you want everyone to play well.
Who woulda thought the Seawolves would be above North Dakota at ANY point in the season??!

Suze said...

UAA fans, that's who! ;)