On Saturday afternoon the University of Denver fell to Alaska-Anchorage 3-2 in overtime.

UAA's Matt Bailey scored on a 2-on-1 at 3:45 into overtime to hand the Pioneers their second straight overtime loss. Denver lost by the same score to Goal Rush host Alaska Nanooks in Friday’s late game.

The Seawolves fell behind 2-1 early in the third period when Denver’s Joey LaLeggia let a rocket go from the top of the left faceoff circle that beat UAA goaltender Michael Matyas and stuck in the top of the net.

But the Seawolves responded with the tying goal.

Hubbs fired a shot from the right faceoff circle that was stopped by Pioneer goalie Evan Cowley, but he left a rebound. Scott Allen was in perfect position to tap the puck in at 11:40 of the third period.

After two Pioneers fell down in the neutral zone, UAA's Zack Rassell broke into the offensive zone and fired a shot that snuck though Cowley’s five hole.

The Pioneers struck back midway through the third. On the rush, Nolan Zajac found David Makowksi wide open in the slot, and Makowski’s shot beat Matyas on the glove side.

The win marks the second time that the Seawolves have beaten a ranked opponent this year. They opened the season with a win against then No. 10 Quinnipaic in UAA’s Kendall Hockey Classic at Sullivan Arena in Anchorage last weekend.


Albatross80208 said...

Sad that a team built upon it's defense rolled over at the end of the game. Sure LaLeggia and Makowski scored but shouldn't they actually play ... defense?

1957 said...

Losing to two Alaska teams in a weekend. Gotta at least tie the record, if not out right holding the record. Makes a guy want to have a drink...

Twister said...

Tough weekend for the Pios, but let's see how they respond coming back home next weekend. This team is going to have some growing pains, so I'm not going to get too worked up about this Alaska trip. A bigger concern is getting guys healthy. I don't like the depth issues only 4 games in.

Albatross80208 said...

Criteria of a successful hockey program was started over on the USCHO scoring thread. I tweaked it a bit to see how coach Monty is doing.

Coaching Records 2/4 (.500)
Tournament Champions 0/1
Gold Pan Victories
Games against rivals
- CC
- North Dakota
Conference championships
Playoff championships
NCAA appearances
Frozen Four appearances
National titles
Seasons with 20 wins
Consecutive 20 win seasons

Hobey Baker candidates
All Americans
International Competition
Players going on to play in the NHL
1st round draft picks
Players going on to play in the AHL/Rus
Players going on to play in other conferences
Top Scholar-Athlete Award
All-Academic Team
Distinguished Scholar

dggoddard said...

Its going to take a long time to judge Monty because the college hockey recruiting pipeline takes so long to replenish.

Many recruits that Monty and Miller target today won't show up on campus for two to three years.

That means that a full roster of Monty recruits won't happen until perhaps six years from now.

Albatross80208 said...

Six years? The remainder of Gwoz’ recruits will graduate in three years if not earlier. The Monty/Miller team began to recruit this year. I see your point though. Monty should get credit for the boys that Gwoz recruited but stayed in the program. For instance, if Quentin Shore plays in the WJHS for team USA this year then Monty should still reap the benefit. If Makowski makes it to the NHL or some lesser conference then Monty should be credited even though he was a Gwoz recruit. Gwoz really put an emphasis on academics so Monty should reap the benefits in those categories as well. Another example of Gwoz leaving a great legacy.

dggoddard said...

Gwozdecky recruited Troy Terry and Dylan Gambrell who aren't expected to arrive on campus until 2016 & 2015 respectively.

Albatross80208 said...

The University really did a disservice to Jimmy and the program by throwing him out to the media so ill prepared. His goal - “I think ultimately you want to win championships. And I don't know in the last five years that they've won championships.” Jimmy was sort of a dope during the interview but his job review became really easy.

Chancellor Coombe- So Jimmy did you win the national championship this year?
Jimmy – Yep.
Chancellor Coombe – Great, you get to keep your job.
Chancellor Coombe- So Jimmy did you win the national championship this year?
Jimmy – Nope.
Chancellor Coombe – Here’s your pink slip. Don’t let the door hit you in the butt on your way out.

We wouldn’t want Monty if he didn’t want/try to win a national championship every year but that isn’t realistic. Hell, if you wrote down what Gwoz accomplished year after year that wouldn’t look very realistic or fair. Making it to the NCAAs every year, 12 consecutive 20 game winning seasons, two national championships and winning 443 games in 19 seasons for the Pioneers. The USCHO based criteria is a much better guide at what we want our hockey program to be and a realistic/fair look at our coach.

Twister said...

Monty is a grand total of 4 games into his tenure. To even think about his coaching legacy or how he's measuring up to Gwoz or anyone else is ridiculous. He has an opportunity to start a legacy and only time will tell how that plays out. Weekly evaluations of how he is doing, especially this early, are asinine.

Albatross80208 said...

So at the end of the season you’d like to take a look back and say Monty did okay because …. the first couple of games were shut outs? Give the guy some goals to achieve. Something to measure success. Otherwise you're just some douche from Alaska saying our team is better than your team, just look at our record so far. At the end of the year if Monty’s record is worse than Alaska … fire his ass.

Albatross80208 said...

Looks like Monty will have to do it without Miller.

Congrats to Miller!

Twister said...


Huh?? What exactly is your point concerning Monty?? In an earlier posting you set forth a bunch of criteria concerning coaching evaluation, most of which will take years to accummulate and then evaluate. Later you're talking about throwing him out the door if his record is worse than that of UAA or UAF. Do you want a sensible timeline for his performance?? Or will you be calling for his head after every loss?

If you're a fan of the program you'll give him a chance. Rest assured he and the administration have a long list of goals to accomplish. If you're out to simply highlight every negative along the way, your act will get very old very quickly.

Albatross80208 said...

Monty seems like a nice enough guy. But you're right, I'm not a big fan of the administration.