UAA skaters top Fighting Sioux Seawolves take WCHA win on road

Posted: Sunday, December 05, 2004

GRAND FORKS, N.D. Freshman goalie Nathan Lawson made 38 saves, including 17 in the third period, to lead Alaska-Anchorage to a 2-1 Western Collegiate Hockey Association victory over North Dakota on Saturday.

After two scoreless periods, Rastislav Spirko gave the Sioux (10-6-2, 8-5-1 WCHA) a 1-0 lead, 1:48 into the third period. On a three-on-two rush up the ice, Brady Murray passed to Matt Jones, who fed the puck to Spirko in front of an open net.

The Seawolves (4-6-0, 6-7-1) responded 26 seconds later when Brent McMann dug the puck out of the corner, stickhandled around two Sioux defenders, and put a wrist shot passed goalie Jordan Parise.

The winner came at 5:12 by defenseman Spence Gilchrist, who scored just his second career goal in 72 games.

The Sioux outshot the Seawolves 18-5 in the third period.

Parise made 20 saves for the Sioux, who had a five-game winning streak snapped. The Seawolves' win halted their five-game losing skid.

Friday, North Dakota ran its WCHA winning streak to five games by defeating UAA 4-2.

With North Dakota skating short, and Anchorage goalie Nathan Lawson pulled for an extra attacker, Brandon Segal's first goal of the season pulled the Seawolves within 3-2 with 1:08 left. But Mike Prpich clinched it with an empty-net goal with 14 seconds remaining.

After a scoreless first period, the Sioux pelted Lawson with 22 shots in the second period. Lawson made numerous great saves, but the Sioux put two pucks past him.

Drew Stafford scored the game's first goal on a backhander over Lawson's shoulder. Charlie Kronschabel tied it 33 seconds later by putting his own rebound past goalie Philippe Lamoureux.

Defenseman Matt Jones finished off a flurry of chances with a backhander from the slot for a 2-1 Sioux lead after two periods.

Rory McMahon upped the Sioux's lead to 3-1 by slapping in his own rebound. Lawson finished with 34 saves, while Lamoureux had 18 stops.

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