Anchorage junior hockey team survives penalty-filled 3rd period to beat Minnesota 4-3

Talon Sigurdson scored the game-winner with his sixth goal of the season and the Anchorage Wolverines survived a penalty-filled third period Saturday to take a 4-3 win over the Minnesota Magicians.

Sigurdson put the Wolverines ahead for good with a power-play goal five minutes into the third period of the North American Hockey League game in Richfield, Minnesota.

Anchorage improved to 3-3 in the Tier II junior league, and Minnesota fell to 5-3.

The teams combined for 15 penalties in the third period, nine by Minnesota and six by Anchorage. Both teams were hit with double-minors, and the Magicians were hit with two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties, including one against the bench with no time remaining.

Minnesota led 2-1 after the third period but Anchorage came back with two goals in the second period to take a 3-2 lead.

Alexander Babich scored twice for the Wolverines. Cameron Morris enjoyed a three-point night with a goal and two assists, Sigurdson finished with a goal and an assist and Cooper Morris supplied two assists, including one on his brother’s second-period goal.

Anchorage was 2 of 14 on the power play and outshot Minnesota 33-19. Raythan Robbins stopped 16 shots for the Wolverines and Brandon Milberg made 29 saves for the Magicians, who were 1 of 8 with the man advantage.

Anchorage begins a three-game series against the Chippewa Steel of Wisconsin on Thursday.