Gophers shut out by Alaska Anchorage

John Hageman

For the Minnesota men’s hockey team, it was feast or famine.

One night after pouring on five goals from five different scorers in a 5-1 victory, the Gophers (11-10-3, 8-8-2) couldn’t find the back of the net Saturday night, and fell 1-0 to Alaska Anchorage (8-13-3, 7-11-2) at Mariucci Arena.

Freshman Matt Bailey tallied the only goal of the night, sending the puck from the left circle over Minnesota goaltender Kent Patterson’s right shoulder early in the third period.

The Gophers had plenty of rebound opportunities and tips in the final minutes, but couldn’t salvage a tie.

“We had some good looks tonight,” Minnesota head coach Don Lucia said. “It was going to be a grinding-type game, it was just the way they were going to play.”

The Seawolves played more conservatively on defense Saturday, keeping four men back for much of the night, eliminating the rush opportunities that gave the Gophers all five of their goals the previous night. The Gophers had a tough time adjusting, mustering just five shots on goal in the first period.

The Gophers bounced back, getting 16 shots to the net in the second, but Seawolves freshman Chris Kamal, who replaced Rob Gunderson in net, weathered the storm and tallied 30 saves on the night.

“[The Gophers] didn’t really have a lot of clean looks at the net, and when they did, Kamal came up big,” Seawolves head coach Dan Shyiak said.

Patterson finished with 21 saves.

The Gophers will travel to No. 5 Minnesota-Duluth next weekend.