2018-19 WCHA Game Recap

Junior defenseman Tomi Hiekkavirta had the game-winning goal and an assist for the Seawolves
Hiekkavirta Goal Sends Alaska Anchorage Past Colorado College, 4-3
Junior defenseman Tomi Hiekkavirta had the game-winning goal and an assist for the Seawolves

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA - Alaska Anchorage scored twice in the third period to defeat Colorado College 4-3 and earn its first win of the season Sunday at Sullivan Arena.

Alex Berardinelli opened the scoring for the Tigers with a high wrist shot at 7:51 of the first frame.

Cam Amantea put the Seawolves on the board with a short-handed goal at 16:21 of the period. Nils Rygaard and Drayson Pears earned their first assists of the season on the goal.

Joe Sofo gave the Seawolves their first lead of the game at 6:32 of the second period. Tomi Hiekkavirta found Sofo in the slot who scored with a back-handed shot from the slot. Nicolas Erb-Ekholm also assisted on the goal.

The Tigers scored twice in the period after the Seawolves were whistled for 23 penalty minutes in the period.

Nick Holloran scored a power-play goal at 12:29, and Chris Wilkie added a second on the man-advantage at 15:05.

Nils Rygaard tied things up for the Seawolves with a slap shot at 7:38 of the third period with assists to Jordan Xavier and Drayson Pears.

Tomi Hiekkavirta netted the game-winner with a slapper from the blueline through traffic at 10:42 of the third period. Corey Renwick and Joe Sofo earned assists on the goal.

UAA goalie Brody Claeys earned his first career win making 29 saves.

CC outshot UAA 32-23, and finished 2-for-6 on the powerplay. UAA was scoreless on both of its chances on the powerplay, with one lasting a mere 27 seconds.

Alaska Anchorage will have the next two weekends off before opening WCHA play at Ferris State on Oct. 26.

Game Summary

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Game statistics
32 Shots 23
2 / 8 Power Plays 0 / 2
2 / 4 PIM 7 / 25
1-1-0 Records 1-1-0
Colorado College Alaska Anchorage
Alex Berardinelli (2)
Cam Amantea (1)
1st/16:21 SH
Joe Sofo (1)
Nick Halloran (1)
2nd/12:29 PP
Chris Wilkie (2)
2nd/15:05 PP EA
Nils Rygaard (1)
Tomi Hiekkavirta (1)
3rd/10:42  GW
Colorado College Alaska Anchorage
Alec Calvaruso
58:21, 19 Saves, 4 GA
(L, 0-1-0)

Empty Net
1:39, 0 GA
Brody Claeys
60:00, 29 Saves, 3 GA
(W, 1-0-0)