Kenai, Alaska | 2/18/22 | Isaac Smoldon
After being outscored 2-0 in the first period, the Anchorage Wolverines scored seven straight to win by a final score of 7-4 on Friday night. Once again, the top line of Sigurdson, Westin and Morris led the team in points, tallying seven points between the three of them. The Wolverines’ special teams also played a major role, as Anchorage went two for five on the powerplay, while holding Kenai scoreless while shorthanded.
For a moment, there was uncertainty on whether the Wolverines would play at all this weekend, with poor weather causing an avalanche that blocked all traffic headed south towards the Kenai Peninsula. Fortunately, the Alaska DOT was able to clear the road, and Anchorage and Kenai’s game started on time. Unfortunately for the Wolverines, Kenai jumped out to an early lead in the 1st scoring a goal just 28 seconds into the period. The Brown Bears made it a two-goal lead before the halfway point of the period and carried the lead through to the 2nd.
In the 2nd, Anchorage came out looking like a totally different team. Colton Friesen got the Wolverines on the board just a minute into the middle frame, scoring on the powerplay. Westin and Sigurdson also scored in the 2nd, and a stout defensive effort gave Anchorage a one-goal lead after two periods of play.
The 3rd saw the Wolverines blow the game wide open, as they scored four unanswered goals in the final frame. Danny Reis, Matt Johnson, Hunter Schmitz and Sigurdson all notched points in the period, and Anchorage jumped out to a 7-2 lead towards the end of the 3rd. Two late goals from Kenai did little to change the final outcome of the game, and the Wolverines won by a final score of 7-4.
With the win Anchorage picks up two much-needed points in both the Midwest division and Club 49 Cup standings. The two squads face-off Saturday, at 7:30 AKST, with the Wolverines looking to keep pace in the cutthroat Midwest playoff race.