Nanooks Hockey on four game lose streak

Your Alaska Nanooks faced off against no. 5 St. Cloud State Saturday night, a close game throughout the first two periods, however the St. Cloud Huskies tallied an additional three goals on top of the already 3-2 lead in the third period against Alaska, making the game a 6-2 loss.

Prior to puck drop, the Carlson Center gave recognition to Grandma Nanook, one of Alaska Nanook hockey’s biggest supporters and season ticket holder for the past few decades, giving flowers and thanks as this game would be her last.

Sophomore forward Brennan Blaszczak scored his first NCAA Division I goal against the Huskies as well as scoring the first goal of the night in the first period. Blaszczak was assisted by alternate captains Kyle Marino and Ryker Leer.

Senior forward Ryker Leer would tally the second goal, assisted by junior forward Kyle Marino, and freshman defenseman Chris Jandric. This goal put Alaska on a short 2-1 lead. The Huskies would score twice in the remainder of the second period, bringing about a familiar game of the night prior with the Huskies holding onto a 3-2 lead.

St. Cloud out shot Alaska 36 to 22, with freshman goalie Gustavs Davis Grigals making 30 saves, giving Grigals a 0.833 save percentage game.

Despite the loss, Alaska out-did the Huskies in face-off wins with Alaska winning 30 face-offs while St. Cloud won 26, meaning Alaska won 54 percent of the face-offs. Sophomore forward Max Newton was nearly unbeatable in face-offs winning eleven puck drops while only losing one.

Alaska is currently 0-4-0 overall, losing all non-conference games thus far. Alaska will play one last non-conference weekend series against University of Denver Friday, October 19th and Saturday, October 20th. Both games will be live at 5:00 PM AKDT and can be listened in live on KSUA 91.5 FM or listen online at ksuaradio.com.

Alaska will play their first WCHA conference game against Minnesota State Friday, October 26th in Mankato, Minnesota.

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Nanooks fall one goal short in home opener against No. 5 St. Cloud

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Your Alaska Nanooks played an intense game of hockey Friday night against No. 5 St. Cloud State University out of Minnesota.  A close game yet another loss as UAF trailed by a single goal, losing to the St. Cloud Huskies, 2-3.

Alaska played their opening home game for their 2018-19 regular season against the Huskies. In the first three minutes and 28 seconds saw junior forward and Ontario native Kyle Marino make the first shot on goal of the game as well as scoring the Nanooks first regular season goal this academic year. Marino was assisted by freshmen Chris Jandric and Colin Doyle.

The Huskies scored three straight goals against the Nanooks, one in the first period, and the last two in the second. Nanook junior and defenseman James LaDouce would score the second Alaska goal early in the third period, being assisted by forwards Tyler Cline and Max Newton.

St. Cloud had 29 shots on goal while Alaska had 18. Both teams had eight penalties each. Nanook junior goaltender Anton Martinsson made 26 saves, giving him a 0.897 save percentage while Huskies goaltender and Slovakian native David Hrenak made only 16 saves with a 0.889 save percentage.

Alaska plays the Huskies again for this weekend series Saturday, October 13th. Puck drop is 7:07 PM AKDT at the Carlson Center, or you can listen live at KSUA 91.5 FM or online at ksuaradio.com/stream/




Nanook Hockey Gets Shutdown in Series Against Arizona

Your Alaska Nanooks took on the Arizona Sun Devils this weekend to officially start their NCAA division I season. Arizona had a shutout against Alaska, leaving the Nanooks with a scoreless season thus far.

Alaska played Arizona for the second and third time in their collegiate ice hockey history, Alaska played against Arizona for the first time with a 1-2 loss back in October of 2015.

Saturday nights game had Alaska trail behind two goals early on in the game with #33 junior goaltender and Sweden native Anton Martinsson making nine saves before letting in two goals, thirty-seconds a part. For the remainder of the game, Martinsson would make an additional 20 saves, giving the goaltender a 0.935 save percentage.

The Nanooks pulled Martinsson with two minutes and fifteen seconds left on the clock in hopes of getting back in the game, and even though the Nanooks were able to keep the puck out of the empty net for a short while, Arizona scored their third goal of the game with an empty netter 41-seconds into the six on five man advantage.

A similar game played out for Sunday afternoon as Arizona scored three goals in the first period. The Nanooks had a goalie change coming into the second period, bringing in #30 freshman goalie Gustavs Davis Grigals of Latvia, playing his first NCAA division I hockey game. Grigals would play a perfect second period, however Arizona would score two mid-period goals against the freshman in the third. Grigals would play a 0.909 save percentage game.

Your Alaska Nanooks lost both games, Saturday night with a 0-3 loss, and Sunday afternoon with a 0-5 loss.

Alaska will play at home in the Carlson Center Friday, October 12th against no. 6 St. Cloud State University at 7:07 PM AKDT, or you can listen to the game live on KSUA 91.5 FM or online at ksuaradio.com/stream/




Nanook Hockey Dominates Simon Fraser in Exhibition Game

Nanook hockey fans cheered gloriously Saturday night as the University of Alaska, Fairbanks outscored Simon Fraser University 13-1.

Coming from Burnaby, British Colombia, Canada; Simon Fraser University’s hockey club from the BCIHL (British Colombia Intercollegiate Hockey League) arrived in Fairbanks to play against your Alaska Nanooks. The Nanooks played a high scoring hockey game to start off their season in the Carlson Center. The Alaska Nanooks had a combined total of 34 points amongst its players with senior defenseman and captain Nikolas Koberstein scoring a powerplay goal and assisting in five other goals, giving Koberstein a six-point game.

Freshman forward and Indiana native Sam Ruffin got his first collegiate hat trick in his first collegiate hockey game as he put the puck in the back of the net for the last three goals. All three goals were scored within a two-minute and three-second time span, two of which were scored merely nine-seconds a part. Ruffin scored his hat trick and last goal of the game with five-point-five seconds left on the clock as the crowd chanted “one last goal”.

Junior goaltenders’ Anton Martinsson and Niko DellaMaggiore played a perfect goalie game, keeping the puck out of the net with seven, and six saves respectively, with freshman goaltender and Latvia native Gustavs Grigals making eleven saves while letting in one goal, giving him a save percentage of 0.917.

Alaska Nanooks will be traveling to the desert of Tempe, Arizona to play against Arizona State in a non-conference official game next weekend, October 6th and 7th. You can listen in on KSUA 91.5 FM at 5:05 PM AKDT or listen to their live stream online at ksuaradio.com/stream.