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.




Women’s hockey finds home off campus

The women’s hockey team may not have a spot on the official athletics page, but they’re still present and playing games as an unofficial student club at the university. Though they’ve been an official UAF athletics team in past semesters, they currently don’t have enough students to be formally affiliated.

“We’re not allowed to be affiliated with UAF, because we have girls playing who aren’t taking six credits,” said Mackenzie Sylvester, one of the members of the team. “[Six credits are] how much you have to take to be eligible to play with the UAF team, and we didn’t have enough eligible this year, unfortunately.”

This isn’t a new problem for the team, although this is the first time they haven’t been affiliated with the university since the team began in 2009.

“The last few semesters we have been UAF, but every semester it’s just been declining more and more. Less and less girls are able to play, and so we just got to this point now,” said Sylvester. “But my first semester that I played, we were American Collegiate Hockey Association; that’s a club team association, and so we got to play against other women’s teams from other colleges and travel to Minnesota and everything.”

Part of the reason for this decline is that few students can afford the expensive equipment, or they don’t have the necessary training to start playing hockey.

“It’s kind of hard to start hockey for the first time. Like, at that stage, you need to buy the gear; it’s an expensive sport, especially when we travel, so I think that’s part of it. And yeah, you’ve got to know how to skate so that’s definitely an issue we’ve had,” said Abigail Brice, another member of the team. “It’s just finding girls who have skated before, can skate, who have the gear, and who are going to school here with enough credits.”

Despite no longer being university-affiliated, the team is still set to play games here in Fairbanks after finding another association to play under.

“Right now we’re just practicing on Mondays, but we have a couple games in a few weeks,” said Sylvester. “December ninth we have two games, and that will be our first time that we’re gonna be under Hockey Club Fairbanks, which is the women’s comp team that we’re going to be.”