ALASKA ANCHORAGE UPENDS MICHIGAN TECH, 4-1
Junior defenseman Curtis Leinweber nets two goals for Seawolves
ANCHORAGE - Junior defenseman Curtis Leinweber scored a pair of goals and freshman Chris Kamal earned his second straight victory in goal as Alaska Anchorage skated to a 4-1 victory over Michigan Tech in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association game at Sullivan Arena on Friday night.
The Seawolves (9-13-3, 8-11-2 WCHA) also got goals from senior Craig Parkinson and freshman Wes McLeod to move alone into eighth in the league standings, just one point behind 7th-place Minnesota and two behind 6th-place Colorado College.
The Huskies (3-21-3, 1-17-1) got a second-period goal from freshman winger Milos Gordic but couldn't stop a late Seawolf onslaught as their winless streak reached 22 games (0-21-1).
UAA got on the board in the first when Leinweber skated down the right side and redirected Nick Haddad's pass past Tech goalie Kevin Genoe with 8:56 left in the opening period. Haddad claimed his 10th assist on the play and freshman Matt Bailey was credited with his 8th helper.
Gordic, the Huskies' scoring leader, notched his 12th goal when he tied the game on a power-play tally just two minutes into the second period. But Kamal, who was coming off a 1-0 shutout of Minnesota last Saturday, was unbeatable the rest of the way, finished with 13 saves and improved his record to 3-3-1.
The Seawolves outshot the Huskies 23-14, allowing their fewest shots on goal this season. UAA previously allowed 17 shots against Bemidji State on Nov. 13.
McLeod, a freshman defenseman from Kamloops, B.C., was credited with his first career game-winner when he converted a give-and-go play from sophomore Alex Gellert on the power play with 5:26 left in the second. Gellert then earned his fifth assist of the year midway through the third period when he fed Leinweber up the ice for a short-handed tally.
It was a banner outing for Leinweber as the left defenseman from Calgary, Alberta, earned his first career shortie and first multi-goal game on the same night he was featured on the Seawolves' game program. Leinweber doubled his goal total for the season and moved into double digits with his 10th career tally.
Parkinson, the lone forward to score for the Seawolves on Friday, earned the clincher with an even-strength goal with 4:30 remaining, poking home Jade Portwood's feed from behind the net. Portwood was credited with his sixth assist, while sophomore Tyler Currier got his first point of the year with the second helper.
Kamal, from Alpharetta, Ga., has now stopped 43 of his last 44 shots and has not allowed an even-strength goal in his last 157-plus minutes of playing time.
The Seawolves and Huskies will conclude their WCHA series Saturday at 7:07 p.m. at Sullivan.