Seawolves pucksters forge 2-2 tie with Beavers
BEMIDJI STATE, Minn. - For the second straight game, the Alaska Anchorage Seawolves earned a 2-2 Western Collegiate Hockey Association tie following extra minutes with host Bemidji State at the Sanford Center on Friday evening.
On Saturday, two goals and an assist from sophomore Scott Allen wasn’t enough as the Seawolves fell 5-4 to Bemidji State. The Seawolves (2-4-4, 0-3-3 WCHA), who were down 4-1 halfway through the game, retaliated with three unanswered goals - including two on the man advantage - to tie the game 4-4. Unfortunately for the Seawolves, the Beavers (3-5-2, 2-4-2 WCHA) found the game-winning goal in the final minutes to keep UAA winless in WCHA action.
Two first-period goals by Aaron McLeod gave the Beavers a 2-0 lead going into the first intermission. With just 59 seconds expired on the clock, BSU collected a power-play tally off a McLeod wrister with junior Matt Bailey in the box for slashing. A minute and 34 seconds later, McLeod extended the lead to two with Danny Mattson assisting on both strikes. Another 59 seconds had expired on the clock in the second frame when Allen cut the lead in half with an unassisted goal, but the Beavers responded 36 seconds later with a tally from Cory Ward and again at 4:13 from Brance Orban for a 4-1 lead.
Docken would return the lead to two with a blueline wrister, beating a screened Mithieu Dugas at12:17. Allen received the first assist, while rookie Blake Tatchell earned his first of two helpers. Tatchell also scored UAA’s first goal of the night on Friday.
The Seawolves would bring the game within one at 2:04 of the third period after Alex Gellert, who was questionable to play tonight, received the puck from behind the net on the power play. Sophomore Andrew Pettitt registered his first point of the season, while Bailey collected his second helper of the series. UAA again went on the man advantage following a checking-from behind major on Jake Areshenko at 13:55 and was able to capitalize. Allen, a local of Edmonton, Alberta, picked up his team-leading sixth goal of the season and knotted the game, 4-4, by deflecting junior Quinn Sproule’s shot from the point at 15:40. The Seawolves would continue to enjoy the 5-on-4 for another 1:13 before Allen was tagged for holding and sent to the box, creating 4-on-4 action for two minutes. Giving BSU its first win in five games was Sam Rendle at 17:30.
Picking up his first loss of the season was junior netminder Rob Gunderson. A local of Lethbridge, Alberta, Gunderson made 18 saves, dropping his record to 1-1-4. Dugas (23 saves) improved to 1-1-1. The Seawolves out shot the Beavers, 27-23 - just the second time UAA has out shot an opponent this season.
UAA went 2-for-4 on the power play, giving them four on the season, while BSU was 1-for-3. The Seawolves and Beavers were each whistled for four infractions.
The three-point night for Allen was his second of the season having posted two goals and an assist on Oct. 20 against Mercyhurst.
Junior forward Brett Cameron missed tonight’s game after fracturing his collar bone the previous night and is expected to be out through the holiday season.
The Seawolves return home for a WCHA series against St. Cloud State on Nov. 30-Dec. 1 at the Sullivan Arena. The games are scheduled to drop at 7:07 p.m.
Seawolves Lasso Lions for 4th place
Sophomore swingman Teancum Stafford scored 19 points to lead hot-shooting Alaska Anchorage to an 83-77 victory over Loyola Marymount on Saturday as the host Seawolves captured fourth place in the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout at Sullivan Arena.
UAA (6-1) led nearly the entire game, getting 14 points and five assists from guard Colton Lauwers, plus 12 points apiece from guard Kyle Fossman and forward Abebe Demissie.
LMU (3-3) was led by a game-high 26 points from guard Anthony Ireland, but the Lions missed 16 free throws and shot just 27 percent in the first half, finishing sixth in the eight-team tournament.
The Div. II Seawolves jumped to an early 12-1 lead on four straight three-pointers – two by Lauwers – and hung on for a 35-29 edge at halftime. The Lions roared back to tie it 54-54 with 8:40 remaining, but the home team answered with consecutive treys by Fossman to take the lead for good.
After LMU cut it to 67-62 with 5:24 left, Stafford scored on three of UAA’s next four possessions, including two three-pointers, to make it 75-66 at the 2-minute mark.
The victory is UAA’s 55th all-time over a Div. I squad and improves the Seawolves to 35-70 in the 35-year history of the Shootout. It also marks UAA’s seventh fourth-place finish, equaling its best ever.
The Seawolves earned the win by shooting 57 percent from the field, including 15 of 27 three-pointers (.556). UAA survived 28 fouls and a 39-28 rebounding disadvantage.
Stafford also dished four assists and grabbed a team-high six rebounds to go with 8-of-13 shooting (3 of 5 three-pointers), while Demissie snagged five rebounds and tallied three assists. Freshman forward Collin Spickerman had a tournament-best four blocked shots as well.
UAA returns to action Thursday, Nov. 29 when it begins Great Northwest Athletic Conference play against Montana State Billings at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.
Belmont bumps Oral Roberts for 3rd
Belmont guard Kerron Johnson had 20 points and seven assists Saturday to lead his team to a 70-67 victory over Oral Roberts in the third-place game of the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout at Sullivan Arena.
The Bruins (5-1) also got a game-high 22 points and four blocks from forward Blake Jenkins as they claimed two victories in their first-ever trip to the 35-year-old tournament.
The Golden Eagles (3-3) got 13 points and a career-high 16 rebounds from forward Steven Roundtree, but the Southland Conference squad was outshot 58 percent to 37 percent and lost despite a 42-23 rebounding advantage.
After trailing much of the game, Oral Roberts started hot in the second half and took a 56-48 lead. However, the Bruins, from the Ohio Valley Conference, went on an 8-0 run to tie and surged ahead on several big plays by Johnson and Jenkins.
Forward Trevor Noack also tallied double figures with 15 points on 7-of-9 shooting for the Bruins.
Texas State tops UC Riverside for 7th
Texas State nailed 11 of its first 12 shots and rolled to an 81-69 men’s basketball victory over UC Riverside on Saturday to capture seventh place in the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout at Sullivan Arena.
The Bobcats (3-3) were led by 17 points and two blocks from forward Corey Stern, while swingman Matt Staff earned Carrs/Safeway Player of the Game honors with 16 points on 6-of-7 shooting, including 2 of 3 three-pointers.
The Highlanders (1-6) got 16 points from guard Chris Harriel as they finished winless in their first Shootout appearance.
Seawolves edge D-I Riverside 66-65
Freshman Jalen Little and sophomore Teancum Stafford led a late Alaska Anchorage rally Friday as the Seawolves won a 66-65 thriller in the consolation semifinals of the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout at Sullivan Arena.
The Div. II Seawolves (5-1) also got 14 points from junior guard Kyle Fossman as they earned the program’s 54th all-time win over a Div. I program.
The Highlanders (1-5) were led by 16 points and eight rebounds from center Chris Patton, but the visitors from the Big West Conference were outscored 16-5 over the last 7 minutes, 40 seconds.
UAA held a 37-32 halftime lead before UCR took control early in the second half behind the play of Patton. But the Seawolves put together a 14-2 run as Stafford and Fossman sank back-to-back three-pointers, and Stafford gave UAA a 64-62 lead on another trey with 2:32 remaining.
Stafford hit a short jumper in the lane to make it 66-63 with 49 seconds left, however the guard from Auburn, Wash., was called for a foul on the other end, and UCR’s Robert Smith made both free throws.
After a Seawolf turnover, UCR had one last possession with 7.9 seconds left, but guard Chris Harriel’s three-pointer bounced off the front of the rim and into the hands of Little.
Little, a point guard from Colorado Springs, Colo., finished with 14 points on 4-of-6 shooting, including 2 of 3 from long range. He also had five assists and just one turnover in 27 minutes to earn Carrs/Safeway Player of the Game honors.
Meanwhile, Stafford scored all 10 of his points in the second half and grabbed a team-high five rebounds for UAA. The Seawolves also got nine points and four rebounds from starting guard Mike MacKelvie, while sophomore forward Christian Leckband contributed four points, four rebounds, three assists and no turnovers in 17 quality minutes off the bench.
NOTES: Fossman played 40 minutes for the second straight game and the third time this season … senior forward Abebe Demissie tied his career-high with three steals, all in the first half … the victory improved UAA’s all-time Shootout record to 34-70 … UAA has now won at least one game in the Shootout five straight years and 29 of 35 overall … UAA’s last two D-I victims have come from the Big West, having knocked off UC Irvine in last year’s Shootout.
Charlotte handles Oral Roberts in Semis
DeMario Mayfield scored 17 points to lead a balanced Charlotte effort Friday as the 49ers earned a 72-58 win over Oral Roberts in the semifinals of the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout at Sullivan Arena.
Charlotte (5-0) also got 11 points from center Chris Braswell, plus seven points, seven assists and five steals from point guard Pierria Henry to move into the finals in its first-ever Shootout appearance. The 49ers will play Northeastern in Saturday’s 8:30 p.m. AST championship game on CBS Sports Network.
Oral Roberts (3-2) got a game-high 18 points from guard Shawn Glover, while center Damen Bell-Holter had a game-high 13 rebounds. Bell-Holter, a senior from Hydaburg, Alaska, now has 26 rebounds in the tourney as the Golden Eagles move into the third-place game against Belmont (6 p.m. AST on CBS Sports Network).
Northeastern rallies past Belmont in Shootout semis
Northeastern’s Joel Smith tallied 26 points to lead his team back from a pair of double-digit deficits as the Huskies beat Belmont 74-71 in the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout semifinals at Sullivan Arena on Friday night.
Smith also had six rebounds and five assists to help the Huskies (4-1) reach the Shootout finals for their second Shootout final in as many trips. The Boston school also made the 1986 championship game with its Reggie Lewis-led squad.
Belmont, which raced to 15-point leads in both halves, got a Shootout-record nine three-pointers from guard Ian Clark, who scored a game-high 29 points.
NU will meet the winner of Charlotte and Oral Roberts in the 9:30 p.m. title game on Saturday, while Belmont will face the winner of that game at 7 p.m. for third place.
Lions bite Bobcats in Shootout consolation semis
Loyola Marymount got a combined 36 points and 21 rebounds from the inside-outside combo of Ashley Hamilton and Anthony Ireland as the Lions rolled to a 78-63 victory Friday over Texas State in the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout consolation semifinals at Sullivan Arena.
Ireland, who scored his 1,000th career point in the victory, finished with 23 points, seven rebounds and four assists for the Lions (3-2), while Hamilton had 13 points and a tournament-high 14 rebounds.
Guard Vonn Jones led Texas State (2-3) with 14 points and five assists, and forward Matt Staff added 11 points off the bench.
LMU, from the West Coast Conference, took a 33-28 lead at halftime and slowly extended its advantage throughout the second half, getting 18 points, six rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocks from swingman Ayodeji Egbeyemi as well.
The Lions advance to 4th/6th-place game to face host Alaska Anchorage (5-1) on Saturday at 2 p.m.
The Bobcats, from the Western Athletic Conference, will play UC Riverside (1-5) for 7th place on Saturday at noon.