Junior goaltender Kris Carlson tallied his first career victory for the UAA hockey team Saturday night, and he earned it.
Carlson made 13 saves in the third period to help the Seawolves ward off Lake Superior State 2-0 at the Seawolf Sports Complex.
UAA was outshot 13-2 in the final 20 minutes, but Carlson was up for the challenge. He finished the game with 29 saves.
Zach Court and Rylee St. Onge scored goals and newcomers Zach Nazzarett and Luc Brown each handed out an assist.
It was UAA’s third win of the season and its second shutout -- the Seawolves beat UAF 4-0 early in the season behind 29 saves from Kristian Stead.
UAA is in ninth place in the 10-team Western Collegiate Hockey Association, but with Saturday’s win it gained three valuable points to move within one point of seventh place.
Lake Superior and Ferris State share seventh place with 14 points apiece and the Seawolves are right behind with 13. UAA can take sole possession of seventh place with a win in Sunday’s rematch, which begins at 3 p.m.
Court, a sophomore, gave UAA a 1-0 lead with about five minutes remaining in the first period, with assists going to Nazzarett and sophomore Jared Nash. Nazzarett, a freshman, joined the Seawolves at the semester break after starting the season with the Youngstown (Ohio) Phantoms of the U.S. Hockey League.
St. Onge, a freshman, made it 2-0 with seven minutes left in the second period. Getting the assist was Brown, a senior playing his first game since October 2018 after transferring to UAA from Union College.
UAA was outshot 29-22 and was scoreless on three power plays. Lake Superior State was scoreless on two power plays.
For Carlson, the game extended a strong series of performances. He started both games in a road series at Michigan Tech before the holiday break and totaled 79 saves — 40 in a 2-1 loss and 39 in a 4-1 loss. In the game before that series, he stopped 36 shots in a 4-4 tie with Ferris State.
The Seawolves will take a 3-11-3 record (3-8-2 WCHA) into Sunday’s game. Lake Superior State is 6-18-1 overall and 4-10-1 in the WCHA.