March 18, 2004
WCHA Final Five
He's the King: Goaltending Leads UAA

St. Cloud State 5,
Minnesota Duluth 1
Team Goal Str
Time Assists
First Period
No Scoring

Second Period

1-CC Trevor Frischmon (10) EV
9:21 B. Sterling, S. Polaski
1-AA Brandon Segal (1) EV
9:51 C. Anderson, B. Arcand-Kootenay
2-AA Vladimir Novak (3) EV
10:41 J. Johnson, S. Gilchrist
3-AA B. McMann (2) EV
19:24 V. Novak
Third Period
4-AA Dallas Steward (15) EN
19:43 C. Kronschnabel, L. Green
AA: Chris King, 60:00, 44 saves, 1 GA
CC: Matt Zaba, 30:41, 7 saves, 2 GA; Curtis McElhinney, 27:55, 7 saves, 1 GA
Penalties: AA 4/8; CC 4/8
Power Plays: AA 0-3; CC 0-3
Attendance: 12,713

Chris King had made believers of the announced crowd of 12,713 at the Xcel Energy Center, who were voicing their support for Alaska Anchorage and the Seawolves' goaltender as he led his team against Colorado College.

So it was only fitting that UAA's Vladimir Novak, upon scoring the go-ahead and eventual game-winning goal in Thursday's WCHA Final Five play-in game, did his best goaltending impression, dropping into the splits in celebration.

Novak would be best leaving the goaltending to King, however. The senior goalie continued his red-hot play of late, stopping 44 shots and proving to be the difference in Anchorage's 4-1 win. The Seawolves prevailed despite a 45-18 deficit in shots and a relentless Colorado College team that needed a win to keep its NCAA Tournament hopes alive.

"We didn't play very well," Alaska Anchorage head coach John Hill said. "I thought Colorado College took it to us.

"Chris has been outstanding for us all year," Hill added. "If he played for a more high-profile team, he'd probably be getting All-America consideration."

Novak's goal was part of a three-goal spurt in a 10-minute span for the Seawolves, which quickly erased a 1-0 CC lead and built support for the underdogs throughout the surprisingly loud half-full arena.

With the victory the Seawolves, who finished eighth in the WCHA in the regular season, continue their improbable postseason run. After winning just one game last season, Alaska Anchorage will meet the nation's No. 1 team, North Dakota, in the semifinals on Friday.

With King, however, they know they have a chance.

"With goaltending," Hill said, "anything can happen, as you saw tonight."

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