Blaine, Minnesota | 9/15/22 | Isaac Smoldon
The Anchorage Wolverines won their first game of the regular season on Thursday night, beating the Maine Nordiques by a final score of 3-0. Anchorage was backstopped by a lights out performance from Shane Soderwall, who made 33 saves on 33 shots for his first shutout of the season.
Much like Wednesday’s contest the 1st period saw no goals scored by either side. It looked like the 2nd would be scoreless as well, but with 24 seconds left, Lyton Liffrig changed that. Liffrig scored his first of the season on the powerplay with Hayden Hennen and Jackson Reineke picking up assists. Six minutes into the 3rd, Kade Shae potted his first as well, beating Maine netminder Thomas Heaney over his left shoulder to make the game 2-0. An empty netter from David Tolan iced the contest, and Anchorage won comfortably by a final score of 3-0.
Soderwall’s 33 save shutout gives him a .953 save percentage through the first two games of the season. The Wolverines now look forward to Friday’s contest, a 4:30 p.m. AKDT matchup against the St. Cloud Norsemen. The game is a rematch of the semi-final round of the Robertson Cup Playoffs, in which Anchorage swept St. Cloud in two games.