Penn State forward David Goodwin (9), the 22-year-old sophomore left wing from Des Peres, Missouri, who scored a late game-tying goal with the Nittany Lions’ net empty against the visiting UConn Huskies at the Pegula Ice Arena in State College, Pennsylvania, one week earlier, battles for control of the puck after a faceoff with Alaska – Anchorage Seawolves center Matt Anholt (17) during the opening game of this season’s Brice Alaska Goal Rush being held at the Carlson Center in Fairbanks, Alaska.
Despite being held in check throughout much of this contest witnessed by several thousands fans disguised as empty seats, the “home” side were able to strike back for two vital goals inside the final six minutes of regulation play — including a dramtic, game-tying tally with the goaltender on the bench in lieu of a sixth attacker — as the Alaska – Anchorage Seawolves rallied to tie the Penn State Nittany Lions 3-3 in the opening match of the 2014 Brice Alaska Goal Rush tournment.
The Nittany Lions absolutely domintated while outshooting the Seawolves 14-4 in the first period. The visitors from the East Coast jumped out to an early lead roughly four and a half minutes in after Canadian legionnaire Curtis Loik made a fine solo rush down the left wing side after initially gaining possession of the puck well behind his own blue line. A sharp-angle shot from the left faceoff circle conspired to beat Alaska – Anchorage sophomore netminder Michael Matyas and provided the 21-year-old junior from West Vancouver, British Columbia, his first goal of this 2014/15 NCAA campaign and his thirteenth career strike sporting the colors on behalf of Penn State.
The Nittany Lions doubled their advantage less than five minutes later after Canadian legionnaire Dylan Richard, the 21-year-old from Sherweood Park, Alberta, who tied for the Penn State team lead with 11 assists as a freshman last season, netted on the power play after taking a screened wrist shot from the top of the right faceoff circle. The Seawolves pulled a goal back in the second period on the power play after Richard, himself, was penalized for holding the stick of an Alaska -Fairbanks player. Junior center Blake Tatchell, the 23-year-old from North Battlefield, Saskatchewan, who led the Seawolves with 25 assists last term, notched his first goal of this new season
Alaska native Casey Bailey restored Penn State’s two-goal lead late in the second period on the power play with a long-range wrist shot from the left point. Bailey’s second strike in as many games — his 25th career goal for the Nittany Lions — looked for a moment as if it might be enough for this extremely defensive-oriented affair at the Carlson Center in Fairbanks. But the Seawolves defense would reorganize themselves to completely strangle the life out of the Nittany Lions’ attack in the final frame and ultimately set the table for what was to eventually transpire.
A two-minute slashing minor to native Englishman Scott Conway, the somewhat highly touted 19-year-old freshman who helped the Indiana Ice capture the Clark Cup (the United States Hockey League title) last season, allowed Alaska – Anchorage to halve the deficit to one after Canadian legionnaire Blake Leask, the 22-year-old junior defenseman from Beaumont, Alberta, who did not appear at the Kendall Hockey Classic last weekend, struck on the power play from the point with less than six minutes remaining in the contest. The Seawolves withdrew their goaltender Matyas in the closing stages and this always-risky tactic paid almost immediate dividends when Canadian legionnaire Austin Coldwell, the 24-year-old senior from Vancouver, Washington, whose six tallies accounted for exactly half of all goals scored by Alaska – Anchorage blueliners last season, connected on his long-range effort.
October 17, 2014
Carlson Center – Fairbanks, Alaska
Attendance : 772
PENN STATE 3 – ALASKA / ANCHORAGE 3
04:33 … PSU – Loik (Conway)
08:47 … PSU – Richard (Jensen, Holstrom) – ppg
16:14 … UAA – Tatchell (Allen, Brown) – ppg
37:53 … PSU – Bailey (Jensen, Holstrom) – ppg
54:19 … UAA – Leask (Trupp, van Allen) – ppg
58:51 … UAA – Coldwell (Duwe) – ext att
shots-on-goal : PSU 27 ( 14 + 8 + 2 + 3 ) – UAA 26 ( 4 + 9 + 10 + 3 )
penalty minutes : PSU 8 – UAA 6
power plays : PSU 2/3 – UAA 2/4
ALASKA – ANCHORAGE : Matyas – Brown, Coldwell, Docken, Leask, Sevalrud, van Allen – Allen, Anholt, Azurdia, Conti, Duwe, Friesen, Hubbs, Kozun, Matthews, Rassell, Tatchell, Trupp
PENN STATE : Skoff – Koudys, Thompson ; Williamson, Autio ; Jensen, Varley – Goodwin, Holstrom, Bailey ; Richard, Scheid, Brooks ; Loik, Glen, Conway ; Olczyk, Gardiner, Robinson
Penn State Nittany Lions defenseman David Thompson (22) was carried off on a stretcher late in the overtime session with the Alaska – Anchorage Seawolves at the Carlson Center in Fairbanks. The 22-year-old homegrown sophomore from Glens Mills was taken to a local hospital and stitched back together after suffering a serious stomach laceration. Thompson, who proved to be a real pleasant surprise while appearing in the second-most games played by any Penn State rearguard last season, is expected to make a speedy recovery but, of course, will be unavailable when head coach Guy Gadowsky’s long-distance travelers face off against the tournament host, the University of Alaska – Fairbanks Nanooks, on Saturday night.