Saturday, March 12, 2011

Seawolves Advance To Final Five

The sum of the parts is greater than the whole.  Combined with Friday night's win over the Gophers, tonight the Seawolves have now made that phrase their trademark.  Both wins were created by the selfless defensive play of everyone on the ice.  Chris Kamal was certainly excellent in both of these games but I've not seen a team full of hockey players commit themselves in their own zone in any way shape or form like this years squad has been doing and continued to do this weekend.

When I wrote this post earlier in the week, I already knew that the Seawolves were a very tightly knit group of guys playing for each other.  They've reinforced that this weekend with what is nothing short of a brilliant performance from each and every guy that laced them up.  I can only offer an insubstantial congratulations with words.  These guys deserve so much more than what I can say here.  It was great.

After two periods of scoreless hockey where the Seawolves had again imposed themselves defensively on the Gophers, Mickey Spencer was fed an excellent rink wide pass and rushed into the Gophers zone before ripping a shot over Kent Patterson's glove to stake the Seawolves to a 1-0 lead with just 2:32 gone in the 3rd period.  It was his 1st goal of the season.  Then with 13:24 gone in the final frame,  leading Seawolves scorer Tommy Grant similarly broke in cleanly and made it 2-0.  With that the Seawolves continued their pattern of contributions from all through the lineup to exemplify what has become the identity of this year's team.

Chris Kamal was once again exactly where he needed to be when he needed to be there.  He came up with several really huge saves tonight.  The stop he made on a Mike Hoeffel attempt was nothing short of mind blowing.  I'm at a loss to describe it adequately.  Hoeffel tipped a great feed at the top of the crease and in a millisecond Kamal got his stick/hand/blocker down and stopped a sure goal before the puck traveled more than six inches.  It was spectacular.  He stoned Jay Bariball on a clean breakaway early in the game.  He made a high glove save on another sequence that had goal written all over it.

The game was in doubt pretty much right up to the end but confident, calm and mature play from all the guys secured the win.  I'll stop here because I'm just pretty much overwhelmed with the same thoughts and it's going to get boring for me to keep saying what a great team win this was.  I'm sure I'll have another post later this evening.  Congratulations Seawolves!!!

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

we can call Chris Kamal the gopher killer

9lives

Anonymous said...

what a great weekend for the boys

BBEF said...

I’m honesty thrilled for your team and fans.

CC was saved tonight by Jaden Schwartz. I wish you guys could have seen him play in January.

Al said...

It was truly a Seawolve weekend. Everybody!!!contributing. Put the big hurt on the rodents. Wonder if the rodents like BAGELS? Ended their season. Put the shut up on hansen and hill. Kurt Haider had it right "Kamal the WALL". Gotta love it!

Suze said...

Haven't heard a saying like "Kamal the Wall" since "Paul the Wall" Krake. We went to the NCAA's in those days, just sayin.

I love it!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Seawolves! I can honestly say that I too am thrilled for you guys and for all the Seawolf fans. Excellent.

SiouxFanatic said...

Congratulations to the University of Alaska-Anchorage Seawolves team. I've said many times this season that UAA isn't a team that any opponent should take lightly. UND knew not to take them lightly but apparently Minnesota didn't get the memo and had to realize first-hand that UAA has a damn good squad.

See you guys(gals) at the Final Five!

Suze said...

Duluth beat SCSU in triple OT. CC beat the Badgers, so we get the winner of their Sunday game. Go CC!!

puckdangler said...

'Kamal the wall' indeed. Go Seawolves!!!! Kudos to Tommy 'Gun' Grant and Mickey 'McSniper' Spencer...

Mala In Se said...

Personally I'd rather play UW and beat them. A big UAA FU to the BTHC.

.500 is in sight. Go Seawolves.

Jimjamesak said...

Mention at the top of the KTUU newscast. Not bad.

Irony would have CC playing us, I mean 5 times isn't enough right?

Neil said...

I want Bucky - Beating another "BTHC" school would be great

Anonymous said...

You know they pay that LaPanzie to be a homer announcer but nothing was better than to hear him talk about a fluke Seawolve goal and then have us "hang on" to a lead for the win...all this at the start of the 3rd period at 0-0. suck it MN state of hockey fag. There' s a 2 goal lead for you to try and take back. And oh yeah while I'm ranting , Friday nights goals according to numb nuts were certainly not pretty goals...whut? I'll tell you what's not pretty ... Your shots going into our defense and never making it on goal mouth piece. That's beautiful from our prospective. Another Gopher team with lazy defense. Enjoy your time off. Mike

marooned said...

LaPanzie made about as much sense as Sheen.

Anonymous said...

Marooned seriously right? He's bailing off a sinking ship before it's taken any damage. What was up with Wooger on Friday? Basically incoherent after the game. Sad I hope he is physically OK.

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