|1st||16:42||AKA||1-0||EV||Eric Roberts (1)||Matt Anholt/6, Nathan Renouf/5|
|2nd||2:40||AKA||2-0||EV||Brad Duwe (4)||Nathan Renouf/6, Jonah Renouf/4|
|2nd||9:45||AKF||1-2||EV||Nikolas Koberstein (1)||Nick Hinz/2, Colton Leiter/3|
|3rd||2:02||AKA||3-1||PP GW||Chase Van Allen (2)||Jonah Renouf/5, Aleksi Ainali/4|
|3rd||18:13||AKF||2-3||EV EA||Troy Van Tetering (4)||Marcus Basara/7, Zach Frye/7|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Alaska Anchorage (3-12-2)||1/4||6/12||0|
|Alaska Anchorage Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Olivier Mantha (W, 3-10-2)||60:00||2||4||11||15||30|
|Davis Jones (L, 1-4-1)||57:45||3||5||11||4||20|
FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The Alaska Nanooks hockey team saw their three-game winning streak against in-state rival Alaska Anchorage get snapped on Friday night, as the UAA Seawolves edged the Nanooks 3-2 in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association contest at the Carlson Center. The matchup also counted toward the coveted Alaska Airlines Governor's Cup, with Anchorage taking a 1-0 lead in the four-game series.
Alaska's overall record drops to 4-11-2 and 3-8-2-2 in conference play, while the Seawolves improve to 3-12-2 overall, 2-7-2-1 in WCHA play.
"Obviously not the result that we wanted here tonight, it seems like every Friday we're coming into the locker room with the same type of message, we need to show a little bit more desperation throughout the game and hopefully we can do that tomorrow night," assistant coach Erik Largen said following Friday's game. "We want to support the fans and the community as they come out every home series and we want to give them something to cheer for. We had a good push in the very late part of the game but hopefully we'll be able to rebound tomorrow and come out with a victory."
Alaska Anchorage opened the scoring on Friday night, as defenseman Eric Roberts scored at the 16:42 mark to give the Seawolves a 1-0 lead. Roberts entered the zone by himself before getting a quick shot off from the top of the circle, using Alaska's redshirt-junior defenseman Justin Woods as a screen. Nanook senior goaltender Davis Jones was able to make the initial save, but Roberts evaded coverage from Woods and was able to bat in his own rebound early in the first. Roberts' goal was assisted by Matt Anholt and Nathan Renouf.
Early in the second period, Anchorage native Brad Duwe tallied a short-side goal to give the Seawolves a 2-0 lead at the 2:40 mark. Jonah Renouf picked up a save from Jones in the corner before kicking the puck up the wall to his brother Nathan, who was sitting along the wall at the hash-mark. N. Renouf threw the puck on net, where Duwe was able to sneak a tip-in past Jones for the two-goal lead.
The Nooks responded seven minutes later (9:45) when sophomore defenseman Nikolas Koberstein picked up his first goal of the season to pull the Nooks to within a one goal deficit. A Seawolf turnover in the Nanooks' defensive zone sent the Nooks on an odd-man rush the other way. Freshman forward Colton Leiter entered the zone wide before throwing the puck over to junior defenseman Nick Hinz, who was high in the top of the Seawolf zone. Hinz corralled a bouncing puck before rifling a pass backdoor to Koberstein, who was crashing the net for a tip-in.
UAA's Chase Van Allen scored a power play goal 2:02 into the third period to give the Seawolves a 3-1 lead, with assists awarded to J. Renouf and Aleksi Ainali. The Seawolves set up their power play in the Nanook defensive zone, as J. Renouf kicked the puck from the wall to Van Allen, who was alone on the point. Allen rifled a wrist shot past Jones for his second goal of the season.
Late in the third period, Alaska pulled Jones for the extra attacker and was able to capitalize at the 18:13 mark to make it 3-2. After a scrum in front of UAA's goaltender Olivier Mantha, senior forward Marcus Basara pulled the puck out of the corner and circled around the face-off dot, shooting once more on Mantha. The UAA goalie was able to make the initial save but freshman forward Troy Van Tetering cleaned up the garbage in front for his fourth goal of his career.
The Nanooks outshot their opponent 32-23 and went 0-for-5 on the power play, while the Seawolves went 1-for-4. Mantha backstopped UAA with a game-high 30 saves, while Jones collected 20 saves on the night, including 11 in the second period.
The Alaska Nanooks will face the Alaska Anchorage Seawolves again tomorrow, Dec. 10 in another WCHA and Governor's Cup rematch at the Carlson Center. Puck-drop is slated for 7:07pm AKST. Also of note: the annual Alaska Nanooks Student-Athlete Advisory Committee's Teddy Bear Toss will take place at intermission of Saturday's game, with a Skate with the Nanooks directly following the conclusion of the game.