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UAA squanders two-goal lead to drop weekend series with Bowling Green

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: January 20, 2018
  • Published January 20, 2018

At least this time when UAA goaltender Olivier Mantha left the game, it was to give his team a chance to tie the game with time running out.

But the Seawolves couldn't come up with the equalizer and 17th-ranked Bowling Green completed a weekend sweep with a 3-2 Western Collegiate Hockey Association victory Saturday in Bowling Green, Ohio.

The game came one night after the Falcons chased Mantha by scoring three goals in the first 10 minutes of a 6-2 romp.

"We responded with great effort tonight," UAA coach Matt Thomas said in a press release. "Unfortunate to lose that game late, but our group battled together and stuck together."

UAA led 2-0 on first-period goals by Tad Kozun and Alec Butcher.

Kozun's fifth goal of the season came in traffic in front of the net and was assisted by Jordan Xavier and Alex Jackstadt. Butcher, an Anchorage player who transferred from Sacred Heart and joined UAA after the holidays, scored his first goal as a Seawolf in the waning seconds of the period. Aaron McPheters assisted.

Mantha, who left the ice with 90 seconds left, made 37 saves for the Seawolves (2-18-4, 2-13-3), who were outshot 40-24. Eric Dop stopped 22 shots for Bowling Green (14-8-6, 11-4-5).

Brandon Kruse, who scored points on all three Bowling Green goals, supplied the game-winner with seven minutes left in the third period. He assisted on his team's first two goals.

UAA was 0 of 4 on the power play; the Falcons were 1 of 7.

On Friday, Mantha left the game midway through the first period after Bowling Green raced to a 3-0 lead. His replacement, freshman Brody Claeys — who had previously played a combined 30 minutes in two games — stopped 25 of the 28 shots he faced in nearly 50 minutes and gave up one goal in each period.

A pair of young Seawolves each notched his first goal of the season in Friday's loss. 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.

UAA was outshot 34-19 on Friday.

The Seawolves are averaging less than two goals per game this season. They've scored 42 goals in 24 games while giving up 87 goals to rank last among Division I teams in goals per game (1.75) and scoring differential (1.88 goals per game).

UAA hosts Northern Michigan in a WCHA series Friday and Saturday at Sullivan Arena.

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