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Northern Michigan overpowers UAA hockey team

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: January 11, 2019
  • Published January 11, 2019

UAA and Northern Michigan left Sullivan Arena on Friday night with their streaks intact, which was good for Northern Michigan and bad for UAA.

The Wildcats won their fifth game in a row by handing UAA its fifth loss in a row, 5-1 Friday night in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association game.

UAA sank to 2-18-1 overall and 1-13-1 in the WCHA, where the Seawolves occupy last place with four points, six points out of ninth place.

Northern Michigan (12-10-0, 11-4-0) won for the ninth time in 12 games, including three straight in Alaska. The Wildcats beat UAF twice last week in Fairbanks.

Northern Michigan ended a scoreless game with two goals in the final two minutes of the first period.

Jeremiah Luedtke put UAA on the scoreboard midway through the second period with his team-high fifth goal of the season. He scored on a pass from Jonah Renouf, with a second assist going to Nils Rygaard.

It remained a one-goal game until the final minute of the second period, when freshman Garrett Klee pushed Northern Michigan’s lead to 3-1.

The Wildcats added two insurance goals, one on the power play, in the third period.

“The result probably doesn’t do justice to how we played the majority of the night,” UAA coach Matt Curley said in a release from the school. “I thought we had some nice stretches of solid play, performing the way we want to perform. Unfortunately we got ourselves into trouble with penalties in the third and ended up costing us a chance to get back into it."

Kristian Stead provided 24 saves for UAA, which was outshot 29-21. Northern Michigan was 1 for 3 on the power play and UAA was 0 for 3.

The teams will meet again Saturday at 7:07 p.m.