Saturday's UAA comeback sparks memories of Bogoyevac and other tournament thrillers

Doyle Woody,Adn Staff

UAA's stunning comeback to seize a 4-2 victory over Air Force on Saturday night and win its third straight Kendall Hockey Classic championship stirred memories of past thrillers in UAA's tournament.

UAA on Saturday forged a 2-2 tie on Jordan Kwas' power-play strike with less than two minutes to play and got the game winner from Matt Bailey with just 3.4 seconds left -- Kwas got an empty-netter just before the buzzer to furnish the final score.

Remember, it was only a year ago that Air Force scored a 6-on-4 goal against UAA with just .2 of a second left to rack a 2-2 tie.

Just two years ago, it was Mickey Spencer striking in OT to complete a hat trick in a 4-3 victory that earned UAA the Kendall title.

Just three years ago, UAA roared back from a four-goal deficit midway through a Kendall game to deliver an improbable 5-5 tie against mighty North Dakota -- Bailey and current UAA center Brett Cameron had two of those four comeback goals.

And, of course, no review of past thrillers in UAA's tournament would be complete without a shout-out to our man Steve Bogoyevac

In 1988, Bogie furnished what it says here remains the most dramatic goal in UAA history with his goal against Western Michigan in double OT for a 5-4 victory. Fogies as old as The Blog may recall the goal that was so heralded it became known as "The Wraparound.''

And, get this -- two years later, in 1990, Bogoyevac scored in overtime of a tournament game for a 5-4 victory over British Columbia.