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Alaska Sports News

Posted: January 21, 2013 - 1:04am
The Seawolves' Lasse Molgaard-Nielsen finished 9th in the 15K classic race on Sunday, helping UAA to a 5th-place.
The Seawolves' Lasse Molgaard-Nielsen finished 9th in the 15K classic race on Sunday, helping UAA to a 5th-place.

UAA skiers take 5th at Denver Invite

MINTURN, Colo. – The Alaska Anchorage Seawolves concluded the Denver Invitational with a fifth-place team standing following the completion of the men’s and women’s classical races on Sunday.

The Seawolves used 398 points from the Nordic teams and 306 from the Alpine teams for a combined 704 total points. Colorado, who was in second following Day 3, moved into first on the final day with 852 points. Host Denver dropped to second at 833, while the defending NCAA Champion Utah claimed third at 796. New Mexico was one position above UAA with 754 points.

In the final day of competition, the Seawolves received a team-high fourth-place showing from junior Lukas Ebner. Ebner, who won the men’s freestyle race on Saturday, posted a time of 40 minutes, 16.6 seconds in the 15K classic, helping UAA to 103 points in the event.

Leading the women’s team for the second straight day was rookie Marine Dusser. Dusser finished second in the 5K freestyle on Saturday before taking fifth in the 10K classic at 32:11.5. Dusser led the Seawolves to 89 points in the race.

Also scoring for the Seawolves were junior Lasse Molgaard-Nielsen (9th, 41:00.7) and freshman Viktor Braennmark (12th, 41:02.4) on the men’s side and freshmen Patricia Sprecher (13th, 33:23.6) and Sarah Freistone (22nd, 35:31.9) on the women’s team.

Following the completion of eight events, the men’s Nordic team came away with UAA’s highest event score, posting 112 points in the freestyle race. Leading the Alpine team was the women’s team in the slalom.

The Seawolves will return to action with the Utah Invite (Jan. 31-Feb.1, Feb. 8-9) and New Mexico Invite (Feb. 1-2, Feb. 9-10).

UAA men rally to down UAF

FAIRBANKS, Alaska – Alaska Anchorage shot better than 52 percent in the second half and outscored Alaska 40-28 over the final 20 minutes to rally for a 65-60 Great Northwest Athletic Conference men’s basketball victory on Saturday night in front of a raucous crowd of 1,128 fans at the Patty Center.

The Nanooks (10-5, 5-2 GNAC), who saw their six-game win streak come to an end, led by as many as nine points at 36-27 with 16:49 to go but the Seawolves (11-4, 4-3 GNAC) gradually erased the deficit. Trailing 39-31, a three pointer by Christian Leckband sparked an 11-4 run to bring the visitors to within 43-42 with 10:54 to go.

Alaska upped the advantage back to 53-48 with just over six and a half minutes remaining but Liam Gibcus scored six straight to give UAA its first lead since 17-15 just over midway through the first half. Down three, junior center Sergej Pucar (Belgrade, Serbia/Business administration) committed a flagrant foul on Gibcus and he knocked down both free throws and on the ensuing Seawolf possession, Gibcus hit a hook shot in the paint to put UAA up 54-53 with 5:46 left.

After a Nanook free throw to square it at 54, Gibcus converted a jump shot and Abebe Demissie drained a trey and added a free throw to give the ‘Wolves a 60-54 lead with 2:23 to go. Junior guard Pat Voeut (Bellingham, Wash./Communication) hit a jumper with 1:06 left and then added two free throws with 23 ticks to go to bring the Nanooks to within 60-58.

Kyle Fossman went 4-for-4 from the line to give the Seawolves a four-point lead with 11 seconds left and after missed three by Alaska, one more from the charity stripe by Colton Lauwers put the game away.

Gibcus finished with a game-high 18 points to go with six rebounds and six assists to help UAA extend its winning streak in the series with Alaska to 14 straight games. Demissie posted a double-double with 17 points and a game-high 10 rebounds while Fossman had 11 points.

The Nanooks were led by junior guard Ronnie Baker (Vallejo, Calif./Communication), who had a team-best 15 points and three steals while Voeut added 14 points and eight assists, which tied his career-high total. Senior guard Dominique Brinson contributed nine points and three dimes while junior forward Andrew Kelly (Justice Studies, Law & Society) had eight points and a team-high eight rebounds.

UAA shot 44 percent (22-50 FG) from floor while Alaska was not far behind at 42 percent (22-52 FG). The Seawolves drained seven of 14 three-point attempts while Alaska made five of 15 tries from outside. UAA controlled the board 40-29, including 9-5 on the offensive glass. The Nanooks outscored the Seawolves 21-12 off turnovers and 26-20 in the paint.

UAA opened the game with an early 12-7 lead just over five minutes in. After Alaska cut it to one at 21-11, UAA scored the next five to lead 17-11. The Nanooks responded with a 15-0 run that spanned 5:12 to put the home team up 26-17 with 4:51 left. During the run, Alaska held UAA without a point for 6:26 and led 32-25 at the break.

The Nanooks return to action next week when they hit the road for a two-game set. On Thursday, they face Simon Fraser (5-10, 0-7 GNAC) Thursday before rounding out the weekend at third-ranked and undefeated Western Washington (16-0, 7-0 GNAC) Saturday. Both games are set for 6 p.m. (AKST) starts.

UAA is back on the road next week for games at nationally 3rd-ranked and unbeaten Western Washington on Jan. 24 and at Simon Fraser on Jan. 26. Both contests tip at 6 p.m. AST and can be heard locally on FM-93.7 KAFC.

NOTES: The Seawolves have now won eight straight in Fairbanks and improved to 50 games over .500 (71-21) in the all-time series … Fossman went 1 of 2 from long range to extend his streak to 23 games with at least one three-pointer, marking the fourth-longest such string in program history … Gibcus topped his previous career-high of four assists, set as a freshman against Seattle Pacific (3/6/10) … Demissie matched his career rebounding high and came one point short of a career-best scoring night … Demissie was 7 of 8 from the free throw line after entering the game just 18 of 36 from the stripe … MacKelvie grabbed five of his rebounds on the offensive end to help UAA to an 40-29 edge on the boards.

UAF women fall to Northwest Nazarene

FAIRBANKS, Alaska – Megan Hingston posted a double-double and Northwest Nazarene dominated the glass as it was able to hold off Alaska 59-50 in Great Northwest Athletic Conference women’s basketball on Saturday night at the Patty Center.

Hingston recorded game-highs of 14 points, 12 rebounds and six steals to lead the Crusaders (13-2, 5-2 GNAC) to their seventh consecutive win while Chelsie Luke added 11 points and seven rebounds. Heather Adams and Veronika Skokankova each contributed eight points.

NNU shot 34 percent (21-61 FG) from the floor while holding the Nanooks (2-13, 0-7 GNAC) to 31 percent (20-64 FG). The Crusaders handedly controlled the boards 51-36 but both teams were solid from the line as Alaska hit 83 percent (10-12 FT) of its shots and NNU was 74 percent (14-19 FT) from the stripe.

The ‘Nooks were paced by sophomore guard Benissa Bulaya (Sacramento, Calif./Business administration), who had 12 points while sophomore guard Kelly Logue (Fair Oaks, Calif./Communication) had 10 points, seven rebounds and a career-best six steals.

Senior guard Taylor Altenburg (Elko, Nev./Criminal justice) matched Logue with a career-best six steals of her own while junior center Jacqueline Bartleson (Santa Fe, N.M./Elementary education) contributed nine points and four steals. Alaska outscored Nazarene 38-18 in the paint and 8-2 in transition.

The Nanooks opened the game with the early lead and took a 14-7 advantage with 13:38 left in the first. The Crusaders answered with a 16-2 run over in just over six minutes to grab a 23-16 lead with 7:16 to go in the half. Alaska got back to within three twice but NNU took a 29-22 lead into the locker room.

The teams went bucket-for-bucket for much of the second half, which didn’t help in Alaska’s cause for a comeback. NNU led 37-28 but five in a row for the Nanooks trimmed their deficit to 37-34 with 12 minutes to play. NNU built the lead back to seven, but again, Alaska chipped away and used an 11-2 run over 3:25 to square the game at 45-45 with 5:15 to play.

NNU answered back with a 7-0 run to lead 52-45 with two to go and Alaska couldn’t get closer than four down the stretch as the visitors hit timely free throws to seal the win.

Alaska hits the road next week for a pair of road games as it prepares for two weeks away from the Patty Center. On Thursday, the Nanooks face Saint Martin’s (10-7, 3-4 GNAC), followed by a Saturday contest at Western Oregon (6-11, 1-6 GNAC). Both games are set for 6 p.m. (AKST) starts.

The Nanooks return home next Feb. 7 when they take on Montana State Billings.

UAA skier Ebner wins freestyle race in Denver

MINTURN, Colo. – Paced by an individual win from junior Lukas Ebner, the men’s Nordic team came away victorious in the 10K freestyle at the Denver Invitational on Saturday, while the Seawolf women’s team finished third, advancing Alaska Anchorage into fifth place.

After the completion of six events and with two more remaining, the Seawolves sit in fifth place with 512 points. Host Denver leads the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association field with 639 points, while Colorado is second at 619 and New Mexico is third at 574. The defending NCAA champion Utah is one position above UAA at 569.

Collecting his second career individual win, Ebner completed the course in 26 minutes, 16.1 second to edge Colorado’s Rune Malo Oedegaard (26:57.0) by over 40 seconds. A local of Furtwangen, Germnay, Ebner helped the Seawolves to 112 points for their first event win of the season.

Also scoring for UAA were freshman Viktor Braennmark (27:34.9) in seventh and junior Lasse Molgaard-Nielsen (28:14.0) in 14th.

In the women’s race, rookie Marine Dusser posted her second podium result of her short collegiate career, finishing second in the 5K freestyle at 15:44.9. Winning the event was CU’s Joanne Reid. Dusser, from Vilard De Lans, France, led the Seawolves to 94 points.

UAA received points from freshmen Sarah Freistone, an Anchorage native, and Patricia Sprecher, who finished 18th and 22nd, respectively.

The UAA Nordic teams will compete in the final two events of the Denver Invitational – the 10/15K classical – on Sunday, Jan. 20.

UAA Seawolves pucksters storm back to tie Mavericks on Friday

ANCHORAGE - Alaska Anchorage erupted for two goals in the span of 40 seconds late in the third period to help the Seawolves forge a 3-3 tie with No. 14 Minnesota State in a WCHA game Friday night at the Sullivan Arena.

The tie snapped an eight-game losing streak for the Seawolves, which are now 3-13-5 overall and 1-12-4 in WCHA play. The Mavericks are now 14-8-3 overall and 8-8-1 in league play.

Trailing 3-1 late in regulation, UAA freshman defenseman Blake Leask made a nice move to get past a MSU defender at the blue line and fed freshman center Blake Tatchell who scored on the power play at the 16:49 mark to make it a one-goal game. Just 40 seconds later at 17:29 of the third, freshman winger and Anchorage local Bobby Murphy scored from a scrum in front of the MSU net to knot things at 3-3. Once again Leask was credited with the assist.

In the overtime frame, UAA goaltender Chris Kamal came up huge, stopping all three MSU shots on goal - including a couple from point-blank range. The Mavericks’ Teddy Blueger scored on his team’s first shot of the game just 55 seconds in and MSU forged a 2-0 first period lead when J.P. Lafontaine later scored at the 17:19 mark of the first.

Anchorage native Hayden Trupp made it 2-1 when he squeezed a shot between the pads of MSU goalie Stephon Williams at 3:48 of the second. Daniel Naslund was credited with an assist on the goal.

The Mavericks extended their lead back to two goals at 3-1 when Lafontaine scored his second of the night via the power play at 11:18 of the second. Five of UAA’s points on the night came from freshmen. The Seawolves outshot the Mavericks, 24-22. Both teams were 1-for-3 on the power play. Kamal finished with 19 saves while MSU’s Williams had 21. The overtime affair marked the third straight extra-period game for MSU and it’s fourth in five games.

Saturday 4-0 Mavericks win

ANCHORAGE – The No. 14-ranked Minnesota State Mavericks picked up a 4-0 Western Collegiate Hockey Association win over the Alaska Anchorage Seawolves on Saturday evening in front of 2,379 fans at the Sullivan Arena.

The Mavericks used a goal in the first and three in the second for the win, improving to 15-8-3 overall and 9-8-1 in league play. The Seawolves fell to 3-14-5 and 1-13-4 in the conference.

For the second straight evening, the Mavericks scored first when they converted on a 5-on-3 power-play tally at 6:46 of the opening stanza. Matt Leitner was able to get by goaltender Chris Kamal on a pass from Eriah Hayes. The Seawolves had a chance to tie the game on a shot by junior Matt Bailey, but the goal was called back when the officials ruled that senior Chris Crowell’s skate was in the crease.

Following the first intermission, the Mavericks outshot UAA 14-3 and capitalized on three opportunities for a four-goal lead going into the final frame. A goal by Evan Mosey at 10:30 sandwiched between two Zach Palmquist tallies at 7:00 and 17:51, respectively.

Both teams were scoreless in the third, giving Minnesota State three points in the WCHA weekend series.

Kamal, from Alpharetta, Ga., made 24 stops in the loss, while Stephon Williams made 18 and improved to 12-6-2 onthe season. The Mavericks were 2-for-4 on the man advantage, while UAA went scoreless on six attempts.

The Seawolves will hit the road and travel to Madison, Wis., to face the Badgers for the second time this month in a WCHA tilt, Jan. 25-26.

Nanooks’ women fall to Central Washington 69-49

FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Central Washington outscored Alaska 25-5 over the last 10 minutes to pull away for a 69-49 Great Northwest Athletic Conference women’s basketball victory Thursday night at the Patty Center.

Jessica VanDyke scored a game-high 21 points for the Wildcats (7-7, 2-4 GNAC) while Jasmine Parker posted a double-double with 11 points and a game-best 17 rebounds, eight of which came off the offensive glass. She also had a game-high five steals. Daisy Burke and Courtney Johnson both chipped in 12 points apiece.

Central shot 39 percent (22-56 FG) for the game while limiting the Nanooks (2-12, 0-6 GNAC) to 33 percent (22-67 FG) shooting. The Wildcats controlled the glass 49-36 and had quite the production off the bench, with 30 points coming from reserves. The Nanooks struggled from outside range, making just three treys with a 15 percent (3-20 3PT) success rate.

Alaska was paced by senior guard Taylor Altenburg (Elko, Nev./Criminal justice) and sophomore guard Benissa Bulaya (Sacramento, Calif./Business administration) with 11 points and three steals each while junior forward Jacqueline Lovato (Gunnison, Colo./Business administration) had a solid stat line with seven points, eight boards and two steals.

The ‘Nooks surged out to an early 15-5 lead less than eight minutes into the game forcing Central to take a timeout. The Wildcats didn’t trail for long, however. Down 18-9, the visitors scored eight in a row to trim the deficit to one at 18-17 and later squared the game at 23 apiece with 3:54 to go until halftime. CWU led 27-26 at the break.

The two teams virtually went bucket for bucket in the second half with neither squad leading more than two points in the opening 10 minutes of the stanza. A free throw by Johnson with 9:51 broke a 44-44 tie and only allowed Alaska to produce two field goals and one free throw the rest of the way.

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