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17th-ranked Bowling Green chases Mantha, clobbers Seawolves

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: January 19
  • Published January 19

Bowling Green blasted Olivier Mantha and the Seawolves hockey team Friday night, chasing UAA's standout goaltender a little more than 10 minutes into the game on its way to a 6-2 Western Collegiate Hockey Association romp in Bowling Green, Ohio.

The 17th-ranked Falcons grabbed a 1-0 lead seven minutes into the game, striking on the power play with Cameron Wright's ninth goal of the season.

Three minutes later, things got worse in a hurry. In a 49-second span, Bowling Green's Max Johnson and Brett D'Andrea netted goals for a 3-0 lead that was the end of Mantha's night.

Mantha, who earlier this week was among 74 players nationwide nominated for college hockey's prestigious Hobey Baker Award, faced six shots before getting pulled with about nine minutes left in the period.

Replacing him was Brody Claeys, a 6-4 freshman from Manitoba. Claeys, who before Friday had played a combined 30 minutes in two games this season, stopped 25 of the 28 shots he faced in nearly 50 minutes and gave up one goal in each period.

The Seawolves (2-17-4, 2-12-3) got goals from a pair of young players who registered their first goals of the season.

Sophomore Nathan Renouf redirected David Trinkberger's shot to cut Bowling Green's lead to 3-1 in the first period, and Mason Anderson, a freshman from Anchorage, scored in the third period to make it 5-2. Nicolas Erb-Ekholm and Joe Sofo earned assists on Anderson's goal and Trey deGraaf got one on Renouf's goal.

The Falcons (13-8-6, 10-4-5) outshot UAA 34-19 and denied the Seawolves four times on the power play. Goaltender Ryan Bednard made 17 saves.

The teams play again Saturday.

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