Eight games into the season, the UAA hockey team is one victory away from matching its win total from last season.
Trey deGraaf scored twice and Jared Nash chalked up three assists Saturday to power a 3-1 road win over Alabama Huntsville.
The Seawolves will leave Huntsville with a win and tie — on Friday, they skated to a 4-4 draw with the Chargers and won the shootout with Brayden Camrud’s second-round goal.
The victory moves the Seawolves to 2-4-2 overall and 2-1-1 in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.
It’s too soon to talk about a turnaround for the Seawolves, who finished 3-28-3 last season. Their weekend success came against the last-place team in the league, but things are nevertheless looking brighter for UAA and second-year coach Matt Curley. They are 2-1-2 in their last five games after opening the season with three straight losses.
“Anytime you can go on the road and earn 5 out of 6 points it’s a success,” Curley said via text. “We were able to do it in different ways this weekend with contributions from different players. There is still a lot of work to do for sure but we’ll enjoy what we’ve earned this weekend and use it as preparation for our next series against Bowling Green.”
UAA scored twice in the final three minutes of the game to break a 1-1 tie. DeGraaf provided the game-winner with his second goal of the night with 3:05 left in the third period, and Alex Frye added insurance with an empty-net goal with eight seconds to go.
The game got off to a sluggish start for the Seawolves, who were outshot 16-2 in a scoreless first period. In the next two periods, they earned a 26-10 shot advantage.
Huntsville (0-9-1 overall, 0-5-1 WCHA) took a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal six minutes into the second period, but deGraaf tied it with his first goal of the game.
Nash assisted on all of UAA’s goals, and Drayson Pears and Carmine Buono picked up one assist apiece.
The Seawolves are back at the Seawolf Sports Complex on Friday and Saturday for a WCHA series with Bowling Green.