Nanook Hockey goes one loss-one tie against No.9 Denver Pioneers

Alaska has been facing tough opponents the past few weeks, previously going up against then No. 5 (now No. 4) in the USCHO Division I hockey ranking poll – St. Cloud State University, with No. 7 Minnesota State next weekend, and No. 9 Denver for this weekend.

Alaska fell short in yet another lose, being outscored 4-1 against the Denver Pioneers in Colorado Friday night. Similar to the previous games, the Nanooks were first on the board, however could not keep the lead. Junior forward Colton Leiter was able to put the Nanooks on the board 8:21 into the game being assisted by sophomore forwards Max Newton and Steven Jandric. The Pioneers would strike back three more times in the third period.

The second period remained scoreless while into the third period Denver scored a fourth time with an empty net goal as goaltender Anton Martinsson was pulled for the extra man with 4:05 left on the clock.

Despite the lose, Martinsson made an outstanding 39 saves throughout the entire game, giving him a 0.929 save percentage.

Denver is more than just an opponent for the Alaska Nanooks as members of the coaching staff have ties with university.

Two former Alaska Nanook are a part of the Denver coaching staff. Both assistant coaches, Dallas Ferguson and Tavis MacMillan are both former Nanook hockey players as well as former Nanook hockey head coaches. Ferguson played for the Nanooks from 1992 until 1996 as well as coaching the Nanooks from 2008 up until recent 2017. MacMillan played for Alaska from 1990 until 1994, and in those four years racked up an astounding total of 192 points in just 135 games. MacMillan coached the Nanooks for three seasons from 2004 until 2007.

Even more so, head coach of the Pioneers is a native of Alaska.

Alaska will play Denver again Saturday night at 5:00 PM AKDT, you can listen live at 91.5 FM or online at



After a loss against Denver University Pioneers Friday night, Alaska would end the second game in a tie against the Pioneers who are ranked ninth in the nation for Division I hockey programs according to the USCHO poll.

Throughout the entirety of the game up until the last minutes of the third period, the Nanooks held on to the lead by scoring the first three goals in the game. Junior forward Kylar Hope would score his first goal of the season as well as the first of the game against Denver midway through the first period, being assisted by junior defenseman James LaDouce and senior defenseman Jack Weiss.

Twelve minutes into the game, Denver suffered a major penalty for boarding by Denver skater Ryan Barrow which put Alaska on a five minute powerplay. With only five-and-a-half minutes left in the first period, senior forward Ryker Leer would tally up goal number two, his second of the season, on the five minute powerplay, being assisted by Hope as well as freshman defenseman Chris Jandric giving the Nanooks a 2-0 lead against the Pioneers going into the second period.

Junior forward Colton Leiter put the puck in the back of the net on a powerplay for his second of the season, giving Alaska a 3-0 lead. Leiter was assisted by Chris Jandric as well as senior forward Chad Staley. Less than a minute after, Denver would get on the board with their first goal of the game, giving Alaska a 3-1 lead going into the third period. With less than five minutes in the second period however, Alaska would go on another powerplay from a major penalty call as Denver player Tyson McLellan was given a five minute major penalty for boarding, which would then turn into a ten minute game misconduct.

This five minute powerplay wouldn’t suffice however as Alaska would only get one shot-on-goal in the third period despite out shooting Denver the first two periods. Alaska had 21 shots on goal for the first two periods while the Pioneers only had 12 total. The Pioneers would however come into the third period with a change of game plan as they out-shot the Nanooks 13-1.

The Nanooks held onto their 3-1 lead until the Pioneers pulled their goalie for the extra-man advantage, scoring their second goal with less then two minutes left of the game, as well as scoring their third goal, also with a pulled goalie, with only 35-seconds left on the clock to tie the game up.

Alaska and Denver would go to a five minute overtime period which remained scoreless, tying the game between these two Division I NCAA hockey teams. The game tied 3-3.

Junior goaltender Anton Martinsson would still come out on top as the best goalie of the game with a 0.893 save percentage versus Denver goaltender Devin Cooley who ended the game with a 0.866 save percentage.

Alaska will start their WCHA season next week against Minnesota State in Mankato. Alaska has currently been playing non-conference games which means the current record doesn’t apply to Alaska’s chances of making it to the WCHA playoffs. The Nanooks will play the rest of their season in WCHA regulated games.

Tune in for a live broadcast on 91.5 FM or in at October 26th and 27th at 4:07 PM AKDT as the Nanooks take on No. 7 Minnesota State.

ASUAF hosts Fairbanks electoral town hall

The candidates present for the town hall. From left to right: Tim Lamkin, Grier Hopkins, Ed Alexander, Billy Toien, Van Lawrence, Adam Wool, Rep. Scott Kawasaki, and Bart LeBon. Not pictured: Sen. Mark Begich.

Though the town hall was small in attendance it was overall hailed a success.

With the midterm election just around the corner, ASUAF hosted a town hall on Oct. 24, allowing the Fairbanks community to ask questions of those running for office. However, the town hall lacked the presence of Sen. Mike Dunleavy, Sen. Pete Kelly, Kathryn Dodge, Rep. Steve Thompson, Rep. Tammie Wilson, Jim Sackett, Kevin McKinley, and Rep. David Talerico.

Over the course of 1 ½ hours, various hot-button questions of concern to the residents of Alaska, such as the Permanent Fund Dividend, affordable education, preservation of Native Alaskan culture and the environment were brought up. These questions showed the myriad of concerns that Alaskans have and the responses were just as myriad, some crystal clear, and others more difficult to discern.

“I gotta say this was an excellent event. Although I am not a Fairbanks citizen and I voted in Anchorage. It was really interesting to be able to understand what is affecting Fairbanks and the community, what’s affecting the community that I’m currently living in,” said Emma Ashlock, a current University of Alaska Fairbanks student.

Rep. Scott Kawasaki

That sentiment was echoed by UAF alum Christina Sinclair, “It went very well. I really like that UAF and the students are getting more involved in politics because it is very important to us. I recently graduated and getting involved in politics I see how it can go hand in hand. We have a very diverse community here especially at UAF and we need to make sure that the students are protected and the best way to do that is with legislation.”


The event featured the gubernatorial candidates, state house and representative seats. It allowed the population of not only the university but also of the greater interior a chance to ask questions of those they will elect to represent them on Nov. 6. The chance to come in direct contact with their representatives allows a more human approach to a political system that, more often than not, doesn’t allow the people to meet their representatives.

Grier Hopkins (right) and Tim Lamkin (left).

When asked how the event went from the coordinating side, the overall opinion from Daniel Vaziri, the public relations director for ASUAF was that the town hall was, indeed, a success:


“[The town hall went] Surprisingly very well, because we were expecting more people but after Walker dropped out then no one knows what to do, everyone’s confused. But with Audrey, Bernard, Peter, Dawson, they all were making calls until 10pm till the Wood Center closed trying to get as many candidates as they can, being as fair to everyone as possible, organizing it […] But I think it went very well because we still have candidates talking to people right now they showed up on time,” Daniel Vaziri, the public relations director for ASUAF.

Gubernatorial candidates Sen. Mark Begich (left) and Billy Toien (right).

Though the turnout was small for the town hall, the ability to watch democracy in action was invaluable, even with the swath with candidates who weren’t present. Which, in and of itself is telling of the priorities of those who chose to be at an event to earn money for their campaign than to talk to the grassroots supporters of politics, and the future of politics, the young people.

No. 4 Western Washington upsets Alaska’s eight win streak

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The Alaska Nanooks volleyball took on the undefeated no. 4 school in the AVCA Coaches Division II volleyball ranking – Western Washington Vikings Saturday afternoon which resulted in a 3-0 loss for the Nanooks. Alaska suffered a loss to end their eight-game win streak to the Vikings now nineteen game win streak.

The Nanooks played a close back and forth game, sometimes leading in points within a single set.  However, the Vikings would surpass Alaska for the win in each set with the first resulting in a 25-22 loss for Alaska and a 25-20 loss in sets two and three.

Alaska was the only team to score with serving aces, a total of nine for the Nanooks. Redshirt-sophomore Markie Miller led the Nanooks with four service aces, sophomore Emily Moorhead tallied three aces with sophomore Cate Whiting and freshman Makena Overbey both having a single serving ace.

Sophomore Lahra Weber led the way in kills, tallying a total of eleven kills throughout the game. Junior Kim Wong followed suit with nine kills, Miller with eight kills, Whiting with four, and redshirt-sophomore Tatum Upchurch with two kills resulting in a total of 34 kills for the Alaska Nanooks.

Whiting also led the team in assist, with a total of 28 out of the 34 assists for the Nanooks.

Alaska will take on the Concordia University Cavaliers October 25th in Portland, Oregon. The Nanooks will be back in action on the Alaska Airlines Court in the Patty Center on November 1st at 7:00 PM AKDT against Saint Martin’s University.


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Nanooks Volleyball on a seven game win streak

The Alaska Nanooks have won seven straight games after defeating the Simon Fraser Clan Thursday night 3-2. Winning against the Clan for the first time since 2012 with eleven previous loses against Simon Fraser.

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Alaska continues their win streak after suffering a long stretch of a seven game lose streak. The Nanooks would win one game after their lose streak but continued on with losing twice more before beginning their reign of victories. Previously the Nanooks lost 3-0 against Simon Fraser back in September while playing them in Burnaby, British Colombia.

Alaska played a close back and forth game Thursday, winning the first set 28-26. Simon Fraser would outscore Alaska 25-13 for the second set. The Clan would outscore Alaska again with a 25-11 set, however Alaska would come back victorious in the last set with a 15-12 win over Simon Fraser.

The Clan would register more kills than Alaska, Simon Fraser with 73 kills and Alaska with 57.

Sophomore Lahra Weber lead Alaska in kills, registering 22 kills. Sophomore Markie Miller registered 13 kills following Weber.

Sophomore setter Cate Whiting led Alaska in assist with 47 out of a total of 57 assist in the entire game. Sophomore outside hitter Tatum Upchurch led the Nanooks in digs with a personal NCAA record with 16. Whiting collected 14 digs while Weber collected 13.

Alaska is now fourth in the GNAC volleyball standings with a record of 8-5.

Professor Notoleks

Letter to the Editor: Alyse and Bengt

I told my friend Bengt, a long-time Alaskan now living in Minnesota, that people generally say students don’t understand the issues and don’t vote, especially in Mid-term elections. Bengt reminded me that in 1982 students rallied around Niilo Koponen’s campaign with such outstanding support that he was easily elected to the Alaska Legislature, and was re-elected for a decade.

Bengt suggested that the University of Alaska students might rally in the same way around Alyse Galvin’s campaign for the US Congress. If so, they could contribute in a major way finally to provide a term limit for “What’s his Name” who has been in office far too long already. I agree with Bengt; I have to because he has good ideas.

Some students met with Alyse Galvin during her “Town Hall” meeting on 12 October in Wood Center.

Carl S. Benson, Ph.D.
Professor of Geology

Police Blotter: October 11 – 22

10/16/2018  1:16 p.m. – 31-year-old Elliot Mr. Cruikshank of Fairbanks was arrested and charged with assault after a report was submitted of him holding a child in a chokehold and yelling at them near Ballaine Lake.


10/11/2018  2:31 p.m. – An investigation is ongoing for a wallet that was reported as being stolen from the SRC.

10/11/2018  3:43 p.m. – A report of theft of sushi from the food service in the Wood Center was submitted.  An officer took a statement and suspect description, and the investigation is ongoing.

10/12/2018  5:26 p.m. – Headphones were reported stolen from a backpack in the SRC sometime between 3:00 and 5:00 p.m.   Investigation is ongoing.


10/12/2018  8:49 a.m. – A car drove off the road on Thompson Drive.  There were no injuries, although the car had to be towed and there was damage to UAF property.

10/17/2018  6:51 a.m. – There was an accident involving multiple cars on College Road, with no injuries.

10/21/2018  1:23 p.m. – An unoccupied car rolled backward into a parked car.  The owner of the first car was on the scene when the officer got there, and the officer contacted the owner of the struck car.


Reckless Driving
10/12/2018  12:11 p.m. – An officer talked to a reckless driver on the road outside of the Lola Tilly Commons, and contacted the owner of the car.


10/12/2018  4:30 p.m. – An officer responded to reports of vandalism outside of the Fine Arts building.  It was found that juveniles were putting wax onto their bikes while trying to do various bicycle tricks.  They were trespassed from the area, and their parents were contacted.


Probation/Parole Violation
10/15/2018  4:50 a.m. – During a traffic stop, 35-year-old Tyson C. Hillyer of North Pole was discovered to be driving with a suspended license and expired registration.  Hillyer was arrested and charged for violating conditions of release and cited for driving with expired registration, no proof of insurance, and driving with a suspended license.


Traffic Stop
10/14/2018  8:35 p.m. – During a traffic stop on Tanana Loop, 20-year-old Glenn L Rodgers of Fairbanks was cited for not driving with a valid drivers license.

10/20/2018  1:07 a.m. – A juvenile driver was pulled over for failing to stop at a stop sign on Tanana Loop.  Parents were contacted to pick up the vehicle, driver, and passenger.


Suspicious Circumstances
10/17/2018  4:27 p.m. – An officer investigated a hole in a fence near the Aurora Building that had been there for two weeks.

10/18/2018  4:23 p.m. – Residents were woken up by yelling in the Cutler Apartment Complex.  An officer responded with the people involved and found that the argument was only verbal.


Criminal Trespass
10/19/2018  4:59 p.m.
– 60-year-old William C. Whitewater of Fairbanks was arrested in Wood Center and charged with criminal trespass.


Lost Property
10/19/2018  5:59 p.m. – A wallet that had been lost somewhere in the upper dorms, Gruening building, or Reichardt building on either October 18th or 19th was found and returned to its owner.


Intoxicated Person
10/21/2018  1:30 a.m. – An ambulance took an intoxicated person in the Cutler Apartment Complex lot having a panic attack to the hospital.


10/21/2018  4:00 a.m. – An officer came across a car parked on the lawn of a church with its lights on, with the driver slumped over in the seat.  The driver, 39-year-old Gena M. Wallis of Fairbanks, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence.


Welfare Check
10/19/2018  7:43 p.m. – A staff member at the West Ridge Research Building received “incoherent emails and voicemails” from someone from Denver.  A UAF officer contacted the Denver police department to perform a welfare check on the person sending the emails and making the calls.

10/22/2018  10:05 a.m. – A relative called the UAF police department, concerned about a student who wasn’t responding to them.  An officer tried to find the student, and the relative called, later on, to say that everything was okay.

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

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

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