Two important things happened tonight. The most important is that the squad got an extremely meaningful 2 points that helped solidify themselves above the group of teams below them in the conference standings. UAA's 14 points also puts them just 2 points below three team currently tied for 5th place (CC, Minnesota, Wisconsin).
The second was that the squad got their first sweep of the season. Rob Gunderson keyed the win tonight with lots of good saves. When he wasn't making a big save the guys in front of him were clearing the puck (sometimes at the very last second ... but nevertheless) from danger.
Craig Parkinson banged home his second pretty power play goal of the weekend off a sweet Tommy Grant pass at 4:41 of the 1st period. Alex Gellert sealed the win just 32 seconds into the 3rd period when he found himself stationed high in the slot facing a gaping net. He made no mistake.
The game looked a lot like Friday night's game and UAA generated a fair share of scoring chances but was just never able to quite finish. CC made it interesting after scoring their lone goal. They applied all sorts of pressure and forced the Seawolves into survival mode.
A weak sauce cross checking penalty against Wes McLeod (he cross checked the glass) with under 3 minutes gave the Black Bears a power play and a litany of scoring opportunities. But as it had been throughout the game, Rob Gunderson either made a terrific save or the D cleared the puck.
All in all it was an excellent weekend. The sweep provides a well deserved frosting for the fan cake. The regular and dedicated Seawolves fans got something they don't get as often as they deserve it. Yay for all of us.
Jon Campion and Todd Anderson were the referees this weekend. They whistled a ridiculous twelve penalties against UAA on the weekend versus only seven against CC. Brad Gorham got tagged with a major for contact to the head on what sure appeared to be an average check. That's most unfortunate as I believe he'll be unavailable for action in one extra game due to receiving his third major penalty of the season.
UAA now hits the road for the next two series versus DU and then da Gophs. It'll be just as important on the next two weekends to get points in order to maintain position in the standings. Both of those series will be big challenges so we're all going to find out pretty fast here in the 2nd half what sort of team we really have.