ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – Charlie Kronschnabel had a goal and an assist to lead the University of Alaska-Anchorage to a 6-2 win over Merrimack College in the season-opener for both teams Friday night at Sullivan Arena.
Sophomore Brock Wilson (St. Louis, MO) and junior Hank Carisio (Cheshire, CT) scored for the Warriors, who allowed three power play goals in the decisive second period. The Seawolves finished the night 3-for-8 on the power play while the Warriors were 0-for-8. UAA also outshot the Warriors 31-14.
Merrimack received a five-minute power play 11 seconds into the contest when Kevin Clark was accessed a game misconduct for checking sophomore Mickey Rego (Hudson, MA) from behind. The Warriors had a handful of shots, but were unable to sustain any pressure until the final minute of the advantage.
Following the kill, the Seawolves took a 1-0 lead when Chad Anderson’s wrister from the point went through a screen and past senior goalie Jim Healey (Holyrood, N.F.). Adam Corrin picked up the only assist on the goal at 9:42.
With less than a minute remaining in the opening period, Kronschnabel skated down the right wing and fired a shot that was stopped by Healey. The rebound came to Luke Beaverson in the slot, who beat Healey with 16 seconds remaining to push the lead to 2-0.
The Warriors cut the deficit to 2-1 at 3:55 of the second period on a goal by Wilson. Freshman Pat Kimball (Framingham, MA) fed a pass to classmate Pat Bowen (Marshfield, MA) at the left point, who found Wilson in the slot for his second career goal.
Midway through the second period, the Seawolves went on a 5-on-3 power play and scored twice to take a 4-1 lead. With freshman Justin Bonitatibus (Arlington, MA) (holding) and senior Brian Boulay (Auburn, MA) (slashing) both in the penalty box, Josh Lunden spun around and put the puck past Healey at 10:22 for UAA’s third goal.
Just 1:28 later, Kronschnabel took a pass from center ice and beat Healey high to the glove side on a breakaway at 11:50 to push the lead to 4-1. Justin Bourne closed the second period scoring with a goal just off the endline at 18:27, making it a 5-1 Seawolves lead.
Carisio’s first goal of the season at 10:06 of the third cut the deficit to 5-2. Sophomore John Goebel (Parma, OH) slid a pass to senior Justin Mills (Edgerton, Alta.) in front of the net, who fed Carisio with a behind-the-back pass for the goal.
The Seawovles wasted no time getting the goal back on a goal by Blair Tassone just 1:09 after Carisio. Tassone stripped a Warrior of the puck and backhanded a shot past freshman Andrew Brathwaite (Kingston, Ontario), who replaced Healey at the start of the period.
Healey made 15 saves through two periods while Brathwaite finished the evening with 10 saves. Nathan Lawson made 12 saves for the Seawolves.
The Warriors return to action Saturday evening when they take on Colorado College at 4 p.m. (8 p.m. EST).