MINNEAPOLIS - Martin Stuchlik was the only Alaska Anchorage player who didn't take part in the team's optional morning skate on Saturday.
"I said, 'Obviously you didn't feel the need to work on your game,"' said coach John Hill. "When he asked why, I told him because he was the only guy that didn't skate," Hill said. "He says 'I will show you tonight."'
Stuchlik, who said he was in the trainer's room working on a sore shoulder during the skate, backed up his words by completing his hat trick with seven seconds remaining in the third period to give Alaska Anchorage (9-14-4, 7-13-3 WCHA) a 5-5 tie with Minnesota Saturday night and three of four possible points in the weekend series. UAA won 3-2 on Friday.
Ales Parez controlled the puck behind the net before finding Stuchlik alone at the left post. Stuchlik quickly one-timed the pass past Gopher goaltender Justin Johnson.
"He's very good with the puck and they were watching him. I just slid down and he put it right on my tape and I put it in," Stuchlik said.
Added Hill, "When it was crunch time and we had to rise to the occasion, our guys rose to the occasion."