Saturday Recap - Alaska Anchorage

The University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs hold off the University of Alaska Anchorage Seawolves 2-1 and earn the season's first sweep.


The Bulldogs haven't been able to earn a sweep in Anchorage since October of 1996.  That takes talent right?  The perfect combination of bad luck and bad play?  But who cares that streak is over now!!

(Photo: Sam Wasson/UAA Athletics)

The game started grinding from the moment the puck was dropped.  Scott Allen received a checking from behind major and a game misconduct to allow Andy Welinski to blast a shot by UAA goalie Rob Gunderson.  Assists were given to Tony Cameranesi and Wade Bergman to help the dogs take an early 1-0 lead.  But the lead didn't last long when Daniel Naslund walked through and around Doggies to slide it by McNeely.  The period finished tied at one and UMD leading in shots 9-5.

The second period was very physical hockey.  I would say the puck spent most of the second period along the boards in the corners being kicked and jabbed at.  Loose.  Both teams were grinding hard trying to make something happen, but nothing did.  The period finished off with UMD gaining another 10 shots and holding Anchorage to only 5, equalling 19-10 UMD.

Things didn't slow down in the third.  Both teams were not going to miss a chance to pull ahead.  Both McNeely and Gunderson made some great saves to keep the scores even and the intensity high.  Mike Seidel finally put the Bulldogs up 2-1 when Tony Cameranesi won a draw to the left of Gunderson that went right back to Siedel who did not hesitate to take a quick shot.  The puck hit the back of the net before Gunderson knew what even happened.  Even with the lead, the Bulldogs kept up the intensity, pushing for something more to happen and trying to hold UAA back as well.  In the last minute Anchorage pulled Gunderson for the extra man but couldn't score before the final buzzer sounded.

(Photo: Sam Wasson/UAA Athletics)

The Dogs played a very good game overall and so did the Seawolves.  We knew UAA would come out with more intensity from the night before, and they truly did.  I think I witnessed at minimum, 3 pile drivers and a couple golf swinging slashes that were not called, but again, the game was very physical.

I thought McNeely played excellent.  He made a couple of great saves through traffic and managed to keep the rebounds to a minimum.  Tony Cameranesi had a fantastic night and a overall solid weekend with 2 goals and 2 assists for 4 points.  Mike Seidel was quiet for most of the weekend until he started making noise in the 3rd with his quick-draw goal.  I also think Drew Olson had one helluva weekend.  The kid can flat out fly across the rink.  Very under-rated.

The 4 point weekend secures 7th place for the Bulldogs as the first half of the season closes, leaving them 5 points out of first place.  Nothing like ending the first half with a sweep.  Right?

Scoring for the Night:
Tony Cameranesi:  0-2-2
Mike Seidel:  1-0-1
Andy Welinski:  1-0-1
Wade Bergman:  0-1-1

Matt McNeely:  16/17

Daniel Naslund:  1-0-1
Hayden Trupp:  0-1-1

Rob Gunderson:  24/26

Scoring for the Weekend:
Tony Cameranesi:  2-2-4
Chris Casto:  2-0-2
Jake Hendrickson:  1-1-2
Mike Seidel:  1-0-1
Andy Welinski:  1-0-1
Wade Bergman:  0-1-1
Keegan Flaherty:  0-1-1
Drew Olson:  0-1-1
Joe Basaraba:  0-1-1
Caleb Herbert:  0-1-1
Cody Danberg:  0-1-1

Matt McNeely:  (32/34) .941 Save Percentage, 1.00 gaa, 2-0-0

Goals: 7
Assists: 9
Points: 16

The Bulldogs will play in the Florida College Classic in Estero, FL where they'll take on Maine (2-11-2) on 12/28 and Ferris State (7-7-3)/Cornell (6-3-2) on the following day.  So until then...

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