Seniors pave way to 4-1 UAA hockey victory

dwoody@adn.comJanuary 18, 2014 

UAA turned to its seniors Saturday night to seize its first Western Collegiate Hockey Association road victory this season.

Senior center Matt Bailey scored twice in a 15-second span of the first period, senior winger Jordan Kwas added two goals and senior goaltender Chris Kamal stopped 18 shots to spearhead a 4-1 win over Alabama-Huntsville at Von Braun Arena.

The victory pushed UAA's unbeaten streak to four games (3-0-1), marked their fifth straight WCHA game with at least a point (4-0-1) and lifted them into fourth place in the 10-team league.

The Seawolves, who tied the Chargers 1-1 on Friday, were 0-5-2 on the WCHA road prior to Saturday.

Bailey and Kwas have quite an entertaining battle going among active UAA players. Kwas owns 79 career points, most among current Seawolves, and Bailey is nipping at his skate heels with 78.

The pair also top UAA's season scoring chart. Bailey owns a 13-9--22 totals in 24 games to give him the team lead in goals and points. Kwas checks in second in points and tops in helpers with 8-13--21 totals in 24 games.

With 10 games left in the regular season, Bailey already has reached career highs in goals and points. Kwas is one goal shy of matching his career high and three points from tying his career high.

And Kamal, well, he's no slouch lately either. All he has managed to do in seven straight starts is go 5-1-1 with a 1.42 goals-against average, .942 save percentage and one shutout.

And while defenseman Austin Coldwell isn't a senior, the junior is enjoying a career season too. He furnished two helpers Saturday to give him 4-8--12 totals in 24 games. He has already matched his goal total in two previous seasons and is two points from matching his career high for points.

UAA (12-9-3, 8-7-3 WCHA) returns home to entertain Northern Michigan, which is coming off a home-ice split with UAF. Alabama-Huntsville (1-24-1, 1-14-1 WCHA) is a distant last in the league and is winless in 10 games (0-9-1).

The Seawolves, who swept the Chargers in Anchorage in November, took seven of a possible eight points in the season series.

Saturday, they unloaded a season-high 44 shots on goal, eight more than their previous benchmark.

With the teams skating 4 on 4 midway through the first period, Bailey struck twice in a mere 15 seconds. He punched in a Chase Van Allen rebound and scored again before his first goal was even announced over the public address system.

Kwas redirected a Coldwell shot from the left point late in the second period to extend the Seawolves' cushion to 3-0.

In the third period Matt Salhany finally answered for the Chargers, who have scored just 25 goals in 26 games, when he danced around the UAA defense and beat Kamal high to the blocker side from the right circle.

Kwas answered less than five minutes later to restore UAA's three-goal margin at 4-1.

Seawolves notes

Bailey's two-goal game was the seventh of his career. His multiple-point game, his team-high sixth this season, was the 17th of his career.

Kwas' two-goal game was the fourth of his career and his multiple-point game was the 11th of his career.

Coldwell racked the fourth multiple-point game of his career.

The Seawolves faced a two-man disadvantage for 68 seconds early in the second period and burned it off without surrendering a shot on goal. Defensemen Derek Docken and Chris Williams, and winger Brett Cameron, killed that two-man disadvantage.

Blake Tatchell's assist gives him at least one point in 11 of the last 13 games, with 5-8--13 totals in that stretch.

UAA outshot Huntsville 14-1 in the first period. That's the fewest shots on goal the Seawolves have allowed in a period this season and the 13-shot differential was the most lopsided total in any period UAA has played this season.

With 14 shots in the first period and 15 each in the second and third periods, the Seawolves fired multiple-digit shots in all three periods for the first time this season.

Find Doyle Woody's blog at adn.com/hockeyblog

UAA 2 1 1 -- 4

UAH 0 0 1 -- 1

First Period -- 1, UAA, Bailey 12 (Van Allen, Cameron), 11:08; 2, UAA, Bailey 13 (Trupp), 11:23. Penalties -- Marooney, UAH (roughing), 9:38; Matthews, UAA (roughing), 9:38; Reinhardt, UAH (interference), 16:12.

Second Period -- 3, UAA, Kwas 7 (Coldwell, Tatchell), 17:24. Penalties -- Hubbs, UAA (checking from behind), 3:50; Coldwell, UAA (roughing), 4:43; Strukoff, UAH (holding), 7:30; Carlson, UAH (roughing), 20:00.

Third Period -- 4, UAH, Salhany 4 (Clowes, Pierce), 13:19; 5, UAA, Kwas 8 (Coldwell), 17:47. Penalties -- Bailey, UAA (interference), :35; Allan, UAH (roughing), 18:40.

Shots on goal -- UAA 14-15-15--44. UAH 1-10-8--19.

Power-play Opportunities -- UAA 0 of 4. UAH 0 of 4.

Goalies -- UAA, Kamal, 5-2-1 (19 shots-18 saves). UAH, Guerriero, 1-12-0 (44 shots-40 saves).

A -- 3,614 (6,600). T -- 2:11.

Referees -- Kevin Langseth, Keith Sergott. Assistant referees -- Doug Martinson, Ben Cobb.

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