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Omaha Sinks Seawolves in Series Opener Thursday

By NCHC, 11/01/19, 12:30AM EDT


Joey Abate scores game-winner late in third to lift UNO to 4-3 win at UAA

Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019 Scores

  • Omaha 4, Alaska Anchorage 3

The lone NCHC team in action Thursday night was Omaha, which opened its series at Alaska Anchorage with a thrilling, 4-3 win. Freshman forward Joey Abate scored the game-winning goal with 3:56 remaining in regulation to break a 3-3 tie. The Mavericks (4-1-0) went 2-for-7 on the power play, continuing the unit's early-season success, and outshot UAA, 30-22, in the win.

Omaha wraps up its series in Anchorage Friday night, while five other NCHC teams are also in action, including the first conference game of the season as Western Michigan visits Colorado College to open NCHC play. In non-conference action, No. 16 St. Cloud State hosts Princeton, while top-ranked Denver entertains Niagara. Miami also faces the U.S. U-18 Team in exhibition play in Oxford Friday night. All but the Omaha game Friday night can be seen on

A complete recap of Omaha's win Thursday is below.

Recap courtesy Omaha Athletics

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – When forward Joey Abate scores, he makes it count.  The Omaha freshman scored his third game-winner of the season, pushing the Omaha hockey team past Alaska Anchorage, 4-3, in the series opener on Thursday.

Abate scooped up the rebound of a shot by Kirby Proctor and fired home his third career goal with 3:56 to go in the third.  The goal came just 53 seconds after the Seawolves had retied the game on a power play goal by Rylee St. Onge.

The win moved the Mavericks to 4-1-0 on the season while the Seawolves dipped to 1-4-0.

The Seawolves jumped on the Mavericks early, grabbing the lead at 1:55 when Trey deGraaf tipped a shot by Brayden Camrud past Isaiah Saville.

The Mavericks wasted little time tying the game in the second.  Teemu Pulkkinen fed Taylor Ward in the slot for a quick one-timer.  The power play goal at 1:07 was Ward's second of the season.

UNO earned its first lead of the night at 4:54 when Tristan Keck bunted a high-bouncing puck past UAA goalie Kristian Stead.  Travis Kothenbeutel and Tyler Weiss earned assists.

But the Seawolves would tie the game when Marcus Mitchell tipped a point shot past Saville at 12:46.

The Mavericks retook the lead midway through the third when Brandon Scanlin kept the puck in at the blue line and fired a shot through traffic for his first collegiate goal.

The Mavericks finished with a 30-22 edge in shots on goal.  Saville made 19 saves in the win while UAA's Stead stopped 26.

The two teams finish the series on Friday at 10:07 p.m. CT.