One way of looking at it, in a positive light, is that Colorado College gained an important point on the road Friday.
By no means, however, were the Tigers celebrating after their 2-2 tie with the University of Anchorage in the opener of a two-game WCHA series at Sullivan Arena. They had higher expectations for this trip.
But, after battling from behind to grab a 2-1 lead on Andrew Hamburg's power-play goal midway through the third period, CC allowed the last-place Seawolves to avert defeat on a tally by sophomore winger Scott Allen with 3:55 left in regulation.
The teams meet in a rematch on Saturday.
“We played a pretty good road game,” said head coach Scott Owens, whose club remains ninth in the league standings with a 7-10-2 record in conference play. “It's a shame, after getting the go-ahead goal on the power play, that we didn't close it out. But it's a good point on the road. We've just got to come back better tomorrow.”
Wingers Hamburg and Alexander Krushelnsyki finished with a goal and an assist apiece in Friday's standoff, which extended last-place UAA's winless streak to 13 games at 0-11-2. The Seawolves have not tasted victory in more than two months, since beating St. Cloud State, 3-1, back on on Dec. 1.
Senior netminder Joe Howe recorded 29 saves as Alaska Anchorage, now 3-16-6 overall and 1-15-5 in the WCHA, out-shot the Tigers by a 31-21 margin.
The Seawolves took advantage of a Colorado College turnover to seize a 1-0 lead just 3:13 into the contest, as freshman center Blake Tatchell picked off an errant pass in the slot and skated in to score his sixth goal of the season.
Both teams lost a player – CC's Jeff Collett at 13:16 and Alaska Anchorage's Austin Sevalrud at 14:44 – due to checking-from-behind majors later in the first period. And, at 17:11, Krushelnyski completed a pretty passing play from Peter Stoykewych and Hamburg to pull the visitors even after Stoykwych blocked a shot at the other end to start the rush.
But the four-on-four tally was all Colorado College could muster against junior netminder Chris Kamal, who made 19 saves for the night, until Hamburg's deflection of sophomore defenseman Ian Young's shot from the point at 13:27 of the third stanza.
The Tigers, still four games under .500 at 10-14-3 overall, played most of the game with only 16 skaters, as sophomore defenseman Aaron Harstad left with an injury during the initial frame.
Tatchell, the Seawolves' top point producer this season, also drew an assist on the tying goal by Allen to match the performances by Hamburg and Krushelnyski.