UAA sports: WCHA honors Kamal; Dusser, Ebner win in Montana; gymnasts lose in Davis


WCHA honors Kamal

Senior goaltender Chris Kamal, who last weekend stopped 62 of 64 shots in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association series sweep of visiting Minnesota State-Mankato, on Tuesday was named the league's Defensive Player of the Week.

Kamal didn't start his first game of the season until the final match before the holiday break -- he backstopped a 1-0 win over Lake Superior State that night for his fifth career shutout -- and has since taken over as the Seawolves No. 1 goalie. Kamal has won four of his five starts.

Last Friday, Kamal made 27 saves in a 2-1 win over the Mavericks, then backed that up with a 35-save performance in Saturday's 3-1 sweep-clincher.

For the season, Kamal is 4-2-0 with a 2.10 goals-against average and .922 save percentage.

UAA (11-9-2, 7-7-2 WCHA), which sits fifth in the 10-team league, this week plays at last-place Alabama-Huntsville (1-23-0, 1-13-0 WCHA). The Seawolves swept the Chargers, 3-1 and 6-1, in Anchorage in November.


Davis nips Seawolves

UC-Davis swept all four events en route to a three-point win over the UAA gymnsatics team Monday, sending the Seawolves to their second loss in two meets this season.

Sophomore Marie-Sophie Boggasch posted UAA's top individual mark, tying for second in the vault with a score of 9.750. Sophomore M'rcy Matsunami added a 9.700 in the vault to finish fifth.

Other top performances for UAA were Simone Penker's 9.700 (2nd) on the balance beam and scores of 9.675 in floor exercise by Kallie Randolph and Morgan Cook, who shared second place in that event. Stefany Bryan's 9.600 was good for third place on the uneven parallel bars.

The Seawolves topped the 47-point mark in each event with the exception of the balance beam (46.325).

UC-Davis' Anna Shumaker, who posted a meet-best 9.775 in the vault, won the all-around with a 38.050. Bryan (36.825) and Matsunami (36.350) finished second and third, respectively.


Wins for Dusser, Ebner

UAA's Marine Dusser and Lukas Ebner garnered nordic victories Sunday at the Montana State Invitational in Bozeman, Mont.

Dusser topped the women's 10-kilometer freestyle in 29 minutes, 18.1 seconds, winning by 22 seconds. Ebner paced the men's 10-K is 24:48.5, winning by 20 seconds.

Three Alaska skiers competing for Montana State cracked the top 10 -- Kate Backstrum (5th), Jessica Yeaton (7th) and Annie Liotta (10th). UAA's Mackenzie Kanady was 15th.

In the men's race, Etienne Richard (15th) and Andrew Arnold (16th) joined Ebner in the top 20.

The race was the last of four days of competition -- two nordic, two alpine -- in the meet. UAA placed sixth in team standings with 429, nine points behind fifth-place Montana State. Denver won with 737, burying second-place Utah by 180 points.


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