Alaska-Anchorage broke open a one-goal game with four power-play goals in the third period to beat UAH 6-1 on Saturday.
The Seawolves scored five power play goals, three of them during a four-minute stretch after Matt Salhany’s five-minute charging penalty and Craig Pierce’s slashing penalty. It turned a two-goal UAH deficit into the rout.
UAH scored the first goal of the game, but not without confusion. Chad Brears drove to the net to the right side of UAA goaltender Rob Gunderson, and a pileup in front of the goal ensued.
The goal light went on, and after the officials discussed, Brears was awarded his third goal of the season at the 8:12 mark. Regan Soquila notched his third assist of the year, and Cody Marooney got an assist for this first point as a Charger.
But as been the case so far this season, the Chargers did not keep the lead for long. Just 16 seconds later, the Seawolves take it down the UAH end and Scott Allen gets the puck past UAH goaltender Matt Larose to tie the game at 1-1.
UAH has had four leads this season for a combined three minutes and nine seconds.
With 3:41 left in the opening period, UAA’s Brad Duwe checked Brandon Carlson hard into the boards near the left wing corner of the Charger zone. Carlson was a little shaken up, and Duwe was given a checking from behind major penalty and a game misconduct.
The Chargers had good puck movement on the ensuing power play, and peppered Gunderson with eight shots before the end of the period. However, Gunderson stopped them all to keep the game tied at intermission. UAA killed off the rest of the penalty to start the second period.
After a scuffle sent Craig Pierce of UAH and Austin Coldwell of UAA to the box, Anderson White was called for holding to set up a 4-on-3 Seawolf power play. With the open ice, Matt Bailey was able to poke poke past the stick side of Larose to give Alaska-Anchorage the lead at 2-1 at the 9:43 mark of the second.
Anchorage made it 3-1 to start the third period with another power play goal. Graeme Strukoff was called for roughing at the end of the second.
Then came Salhany’s penalty in front of the Charger penalty box, and the game got away from there. UAA outshot UAH 13-3 in the third period and 28-19 for the game.
UAH next hosts St. Cloud State at the Von Braun Center next Friday and Saturday.