Opponent Preview: Alaska Anchorage

MINNEAPOLIS - The No. 1 Gophers will play host to the Alaska Anchorage Seawolves this weekend at Mariucci Arena. Friday's game begins at 8:00 pm and will be broadcast on Big Ten Network. Saturday's contest starts at 7:00 and can be seen on FOX Sports North.

No. 1 Minnesota (14-3-3, 6-3-3 WCHA) vs. Alaska Anchorage (3-11-4, 1-10-3 CCHA)
Minneapolis, Minn. – Mariucci Arena
Friday 8:00 p.m. CT – Big Ten Network (Dan Kelly, Rob Andringa)
Saturday 7:00 p.m. CT – FOX Sports North (Doug McLeod, Kevin Gorg)

PREGAME NOTES

Storyline
After beating the two top teams in the country, the Gophers will face a potential trap series as the Alaska Anchorage Seawolves come to Minneapolis. With a series against North Dakota looming next weekend, Minnesota shouldn't look past the visiting Seawolves who skated to a tie with the Maroon and Gold in their last meeting. As the No. 1 team in the country, the Gophers will need to win convincingly to stay atop the college hockey world.

Season to Date
Alaska Anchorage has had a disappointing start to the season, losing 11 of their first 17 contests. Although they hold just a 3-11-4 record overall, they have skated to a ties with Bemidji State and North Dakota in Grand Forks and also hold a win over St. Cloud.

Coaching Preview
Dave Shyiak is in his eighth season as the head coach for the Seawolves. He holds a record of 79-163-30 during his career and has a conference mark of 51-136-23 in the WCHA. Shyiak has led Alaska Anchorage to a WCHA Final Five and is the second winningest coach in the history of the program.

Last Meeting
The last meeting between these conference foes took place earlier this season in Anchorage. Minnesota easily took the first game of the series, winning 4-0 behind two goals from Kyle Rau. Saturday was a different story as the Seawolves gained a 2-1 lead in the third period and held on, skating to a 2-2 tie.

Series History
Minnesota has been dominant in the all-time series against Alaska Anchorage. The Gophers hold a commanding 55-19-8 advantage and hold a 29-10-3 record when playing in Minneapolis.

Background
Location: Anchorage, Alaska
Enrollment: 16,500
Conference: WCHA
Mascot: Seawolves
Coach: Dave Shyiak (8th Season)


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