ANCHORAGE - Jimmy Murray scored at 2:09 of overtime to lift No. 14/15 St. Cloud State to a 4-3 come-from-behind win over Alaska Anchorage in a WCHA encounter at Sullivan Arena Friday night. The Huskies improved to 8-5-0 overall and 6-3-0 in WCHA play while the Seawolves fell to 2-5-4 overall and 0-4-3 in WCHA play.
It appeared UAA was on the way to its first WCHA win of the season as the Seawolves got out of the gates quickly - scoring three goals on their first eight shots of the game - to jump to a 3-0 first period lead.
Senior winger Jordan Kwas scored via the power play just 3:24 in to stake UAA to a 1-0 lead. Quinn Sproule and Blake Tatchell were credited with the assists.
UAA erupted for two more goals in the first - over the span of just 39 seconds. Stationed near the left post, Tyler Currier banged home a pretty pass from Chris Crowell to score at 9:34. Blake Leask also earned an assist on the play. Then at 10:13 freshman and Anchorage native Hayden Trupp bagged his first collegiate goal on an assist from Daniel Naslund.
The Huskies cut it to 3-1 after two periods. St. Cloud’s Jonny Brodzinksi scored from the high slot at 7:38 of the second on assists from Drew LeBlanc and Kalle Kossila.
St. Cloud made it 3-2 just 44 seconds into the third when Cory Thorson won the draw back to Murray and Murray beat Gunderson high to the glove side. The Seawolves managed to kill off a portion of a late third-period Husky 5-on-3 power play, but with St. Cloud got the equalizer when David Morley cashed in on the remaining 5-on-4 man-advantage with just 2:36 left in regulation.
After trailing 11-6 in shots on goal after one period, St. Cloud State wound up with a 24-18 shots advantage. Both teams went 1-for-5 on the power play.
Husky goalie Ryan Faragher had 15 saves in picking up the win in net for SCSU while UAA’s Rob Gunderson registered 20 saves in a losing effort.
ANCHORAGE (Nov. 29) – Senior center Liam Gibcus had 15 points and 13 rebounds Thursday as 25th-ranked Alaska Anchorage used a huge rebounding edge to earn a 79-65 men’s basketball victory over Montana State Billings at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.
The Seawolves (7-1, 1-0 GNAC) also got 16 points, eight rebounds and four assists from sophomore swingman Teancum Stafford to claim the Great Northwest Athletic Conference opener for both clubs.
The Yellowjackets (4-3, 0-1) got a game-high 21 points on 9-of-13 shooting from senior forward Jarrell Crayton, but the rest of his teammates combined to shoot just 14 of 38 (.368) in the rematch of last season’s GNAC Tournament championship and NCAA Tournament First Round games.
In the fifth meeting in 11 months between the longtime rivals, UAA used an early 12-0 run to take a 17-7 lead after five minutes and never trailed again. The Seawolves led by as many as 13 in the first half and 16 late in the game. MSUB cut it to a 48-44 margin with 16:57 to play, but Stafford nailed a three-pointer and Kyle Fossman sank a midrange jumper to fend off the charge.
UAA outrebounded the visitors 48-25, converting 25 offensive rebounds into 28 second-chance points. Freshman forward Collin Spickerman grabbed a career-high seven boards and senior forward Abebe Demissie added six to help propel the strong effort on the glass.
For Gibcus, it was his second career double-double and marked his highest rebound total in 91 career games. The Lysterfield, Australia, native shot 6 of 10 and added a block and no turnovers in 23 minutes.
Fossman scored 12 points on 4-of-8 shooting (2-4 3FG) and fellow junior guard Mike MacKelvie reached double figures with 10 points on 4-of-7 marksmanship.
UAA returns to action Saturday for another 2012 NCAA Tournament rematch, this time against 13th-ranked Seattle Pacific (6-1, 1-0), which knocked UAA out in the second round of the playoffs in March. That game tips at 7:30 p.m. AST at the WFSC.
NOTES: UAA’s 25 offensive rebounds were its most since grabbing 26 in an 88-83 win at Western Oregon, Feb. 19, 2011 … Gibcus’ previous rebounding high was 10, set against SPU in last year’s NCAA Tournament; that game also marked his first career double-double … Gibcus now stands alone in 10th place on UAA’s all-time victories list with 68 … with two three-pointers, Fossman tied current volunteer assistant coach Carl Arts (2004-08) for 19th place on the career 3FGs list with 101 … UAA now leads the all-time series 38-27 against MSUB, including 27-4 in Anchorage … UAA leads MSUB 9-2 in regular-season meetings since the Yellowjackets joined the league in 2007-08.