Four games into their inaugural season as a Tier II junior hockey team, the Anchorage Wolverines have seen it all.
On four consecutive days, they made team history — they suffered their first loss, they enjoyed their first victory, they posted their first overtime win (and shutout) and, on Saturday, they experienced their first overtime loss.
The Johnstown Tomahawks of Pennsylvania beat the Wolverines 4-3 in overtime at the NAHL Showcase in Blaine, Minnesota.
The Wolverines leave the tournament with a 2-2 record in the North American Hockey League. They’ll stay in the Lower 48 for a series against the Minnesota Magicians next week and a series against the Chippewa Steel in two weeks.
Johnny Ulicny scored the overtime game-winner for Johnstown (2-2) to end a game with four lead changes and three ties. Anchorage led 1-0 after one period on a goal from Drake Albers, his second of the season.
Johnstown answered with two goals in the second period to lead 2-1, and Anchorage came back with consecutive goals in the third period from Collin Pederson and Talon Sigurdson.
Sigurdson’s goal — his fourth in four games — gave Anchorage a 3-2 lead with just under two minutes in the game. Johnstown tied it with 67 seconds remaining.
Tyler Braccini had two assists and Raythan Robbins made 36 saves for Anchorage.