Senior winger Mike Seidel scored midway through the third period Saturday night to give Minnesota Duluth a 2-1 win over Alaska Anchorage in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association game before 2,170 fans at Sullivan Arena in Anchorage, Alaska.
The victory completed UMD’s first sweep of the season, for UMD’s first back-to-back wins, and marked the first sweep in Anchorage in 16 years, since a pair of 3-1 victories in October of 1996. And it provided the first win on the second night of a series this season, the Bulldogs now standing 1-6-2
UMD (7-8-3 and 5-6-3 in WCHA) is 4-1-1 the last six games and has moved into sole possession of seventh place in the 12-team league.
Last-place Anchorage (3-9-4 and 1-8-3) has lost four straight games, being outscored 13-3 in that stretch and having held a lead for just 70 seconds in 240 minutes. The Seawolves are 1-8-3 the last 12 games.
The teams traded first-period goals. UMD freshman defenseman Andy Welinski connected to the short side from the left point just 19 seconds into a five-minute power play. Anchorage’s Scott Allen had been called for a checking-from-behind major on Adam Krause.
It was the second goal for Welinski, who leads WCHA rookie defensemen in scoring with 11 points.
The Seawolves tied it 1-1 with 7:55 left in the opening period on a Daniel Naslund goal.
There was no scoring in the second period as UMD led in shots on goal 19-10 for 40 minutes.
Freshman center Tony Cameranesi won a draw in the offensive zone in the third period and Seidel drove a shot from the top of the right circle to beat junior goalie Rob Gunderson at 9:42.
Seidel, after going two games without a point, earned his team-leading 11th goal of the season. Cameranesi had two assists to tie Seidel for the team scoring lead, each with 19 points.
The Bulldogs led 26-17 in shots on goal and 64-34 for the series. Freshman Matt McNeely was in goal for a second straight night and pushed his record to 5-4-1 with 16 saves. Gunderson was pulled with a minute remaining for an extra attacker but the Seawolves could not get even.
UMD is off until opening play in the Florida College Classic, facing on Maine on Dec. 28 in Estero, Fla. Cornell meets Ferris State in the other first-round game.
Minnesota Duluth……………. 1-0-1—2
Alaska Anchorage…………… 1-0-0—1
First period — 1. UMD, Andy Welinski 2 (Wade Bergman, Tony Cameranesi), 5:16 (pp). Penalties — Quinn Sproule, Anchorage (tripping), 1:44; Scott Allen, Anchorage (5-minute checking from behind major, 10-minute game misconduct), 4:56; Chris Williams, Anchorage (slashing), 18:24.
Second period — No scoring. Penalties — Chris Casto, UMD (slashing), 6:40; Austin Coldwell, Anchorage (holding), 8:36; Cameranesi, UMD (unsportsmanlike conduct), 9:12; Chris Williams, anchorage (unsportsmanlike conduct), 9:12; Cameranesi, UMD (tripping), 13:44; Matt Bailey, Anchorage (high-sticking), 14:25.
Third period — 3. UMD, Mike Seidel 11 (Cameranesi), 9:42. Penalties — Bergman, UMD (hooking), 6:33.
Shots on goal — UMD 9-10-7—26, Alaska Anchorage 5-5-7—17. Goalies — Matt McNeely (5-4-1), UMD (17 shots-16 saves); Rob Gunderson (1-3-4), Alaska Anchorage (26 shots-24 saves). Power plays — UMD 1-of-6, Alaska Anchorage 0-of-3. Referees — Chris Perrault, Tom Sterns. Linesmen — Carl Saden, Travis Jackson. A —2,170.