With time running out in the regular season, the UAA hockey team was unable to make progress in its pursuit of a Western Collegiate Hockey Association playoff spot this weekend in a two-game series at Bowling Green State University.
The Seawolves lost 4-1 Saturday and 5-4 in overtime Friday. They were outshot 77-41 on the weekend and 32-11 on Saturday.
They left Bowling Green with zero points and remain in eighth place in the 10-team WCHA with 20 points. They have four conference games left, and if they can hold onto eighth place they’ll make the WCHA playoffs.
In ninth place is Ferris State with 17 points and six conference games left. A win in regulation or the first overtime is worth three points; a win in a second overtime or shootout is worth two points and a loss in a second overtime or shootout is worth one point.
Friday’s setback was particularly disappointing for the Seawolves, who led by one goal three times during regulation. Bowling Green took a 4-3 lead in the second period and maintained that edge until the final 29 seconds, when UAA sophomore Tanner Schachle scored to send the game to overtime.
Bowling Green scored the game-winning goal in the first overtime to grab all three points at stake. Had the game gone to a second OT, UAA would have been assured at least one point.
On Saturday, the Seawolves (4-18-6 overall, 4-15-5 WCHA) grabbed an early 1-0 lead on Luc Brown’s sixth goal of the season, which came midway through the first period.
Bowling Green scored once in the first period, twice in the second and once in the third.
Next up for the Seawolves is a nonconference series at Arizona State.