The series against Wisconsin could not have gone worse for the Seawolves. The team was coming off a bye week after splitting with the Colorado College Tigers. It received its highest national ranking in years. It seemed as if UAA was finally putting things together with its impressive start.
Well, Wisconsin gave them a wake-up call as the Badgers Won a close one on Friday night 3-2, and dominated the following night 7-2. The two losses put the Seawolves in a seventh place tie and pushed the Badgers all the way to the top of the WCHA standings.
While the Badgers end the first half on a positive note after a devastating start, The Seawolves are scratching their heads, wondering what happened. UAA had not seen game play for a two-week period, and that could have been a factor. Starting out in Friday’s match UAA was out skating Wisconsin, beating them to loose pucks and creating scoring opportunities. After the first period, Wisconsin responded in dominant fashion, and it seemed as if they never turned back.
UAA had a valiant effort in the third period of that game, but just couldn’t get the game tied. UAA had plenty of opportunities on the power play (including two 5-on-3 advantages) but only converted once. Two of the three Wisconsin goals were via the extra-man advantage.
Saturday was similar in the fact that UAA had plenty of opportunities on the power play, but this time the team failed to put the puck past Badger goaltender, Shane Connelly with the man advantage.
Wisconsin has showed that the team is for real, and this past weekend was a great example of what WCHA teams are going to face. The team is full of talented players and is one of the hottest teams in the country right now. UAA has the chance to redeem itself when the teams face off once again in January.
UAA is known for having second half meltdowns, but this team’s season may rest on how it responds in the next two or three series’. One thing is certain: UAA has turned heads and has shown that it is capable with hanging with the big dogs. They just need to prove that this team is different than Seawolf teams from the past three years.