Posted: Jan 16, 2011 5:22 PM by Jordan Mason
ANCHORAGE - Craig Parkinson and Alex Gellert scored goals for Alaska Anchorage and UAA netminder Rob Gunderson's spectacular night in goal made it stand up as the Seawolves downed Colorado College 2-1 at the Sullivan Arena Saturday night and earn a WCHA series sweep of the Tigers.
For UAA, which improved to 7-10-3 overall and 6-8-2 WCHA play, it was its first home sweep since October of 2007. The Tigers, which came into the series ranked No. 17 nationally, slipped to 12-11-1 overall and 8-8-0 in WCHA play.
The Seawolves remain eighth in the tightly-bunched, 12-team WCHA standings - just two points out of fifth.
Gunderson, a freshman, stopped 17 of 18 Tiger shots and was key in helping the Seawolves kill off all six Colorado College power plays, including a five-minute major in the first period. CC came into the weekend ranked No. 4 nationally on the power play.
Parkinson's power-play goal at 4:41 of the first period, on assists from Tommy Grant and Scott Warner, staked UAA to a 1-0 lead. That scored remained until Alex Gellert tallied the weekend's first even-strength goal just 32 seconds into the third period on assists from Curtis Leinweber and Grant.
The Tigers finally got on the board with 6:59 remaining on a goal by Alexander Krushelnyski. A penalty to UAA's Wes McLeod with just 2:27 left in the third put CC on the man advantage again and the Tigers skated 6-on-4 after pulling goalie Joe Howe with 51 seconds remaining.
But the UAA defense stood tall and allowed nary a shot on goal in the wild finish. The sweep of CC was UAA's first of the Tigers since 2003.
Gunderson improved to 6-7-2 on the season and elevated his saves percentage to .902 CC's Howe, 10-9-1, was credited with 15 saves.
The Seawolves will travel to Denver for a WCHA series next weekend (Jan. 21-22).