Alaska Upends Alaska Anchorage In Overtime, 2-1, To Secure Governor's Cup
Junior forward Tayler Munson scores game-winning goal for Nanooks

Junior forward Tayler Munson scored the game-winning goal for the Nanooks
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
2nd 7:04  AKA1-0 EV Nicolas Erb-Ekholm (4)Chase Van Allen/6, Tad Kozun/14
2nd 8:40  AKF1-1 PP Zach Frye (5)Chad Staley/12, Tayler Munson/8
OT 4:40.8 AKF2-1 EV EN GW Tayler Munson (4)Chad Staley/13, Tyler Cline/10
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd OT Final
Alaska  01012
Alaska Anchorage  01001
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd OT SOG
Alaska  51310634
Alaska Anchorage  862319
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Alaska (12-18-4)  1/3 4/8 0
Alaska Anchorage (7-21-6)  0/3 5/18 0
Alaska Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 OT Saves
Davis Jones (W, 6-9-3)64:401 852318
Alaska Anchorage Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 OT Saves
Rasmus Reijola (L, 0-3-2)63:591 51210532
Empty Net0:411      

ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Anchorage Seawolves' 2016-17 season comes to an end Saturday following a 5-on-5 overtime loss to in-state rival Alaska Fairbanks, who won 2-1 to capture the 24th annual Alaska Airlines Governor's Cup at the Sullivan Arena in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association game.

The Nanooks (12-18-4, 11-13-4 WCHA) captured their eighth straight Cup title with an empty-net goal with just 19.2 seconds remaining in the 5-on-5 overtime. Prior to the game-winner, the teams each racked a goal apiece in the second period, eventually forcing extra minutes.

After the Seawolves killed a penalty to start the overtime, the teams exchanged quality chances. With playoff hopes gone, bench boss Matt Thomas opted to pull netminder Rasmus Reijola in the final minute for the extra attacker. The gamble almost paid off as sophomore Mason Mitchell had an open net, back door with 48 seconds remaining, but couldn't capitalize. The Seawolves needed to win in the first overtime in order to claim the three WCHA points and force an all-decisive shootout for the Cup.

The gamble then turned against the Seawolves, as Tayler Munson and Chad Staley broke away from the UAA defense for an easy, empty-net strike and the three WCHA points. The win placed the Nanooks sixth in the league standings with 40 points. They head to Minnesota State for the WCHA First Round.

Following a scoreless first period of play, the Seawolves got on the board first at 7:04 of the second. Junior forward Tad Kozun forced a turnover behind the UAA net, before finding senior defenseman Chase Van Allen patrolling the blueline. Van Allen's wrister found sophomore Nicolas Erb-Ekholm, who was screening netminder Davis Jones, for the deflection.

The Seawolf lead lasted for 96 seconds before UAF's Zach Frye knotted the game with a power-play goal at 8:40. With the Nanooks enjoying a 5-on-3 man advantage, Frye fired through the slot.

Kozun had a breakaway chance in the last 25 seconds of the period, but with pressure coming from a Nanook, he lost the puck between his skates before crashing into Jones.

After the second intermission, Reijola (32 saves) kept UAF from winning in the third, making 10 saves. Playing in just his fifth game of the season, Reijola also stopped five shots in overtime. Meanwhile, Jones made 18 saves.

The Nanooks now hold a 13-8 advantage on the Governor's Cup series. Three of UAF's wins (2010, 2011, 2012) were vacated due to NCAA violations.

The Seawolves, who end the 2016-17 season with a 7-21-6 overall record and a 6-16-6 WCHA slate, said goodbye to five seniors - Brad Duwe, Dylan Hubbs, Reijola, Connor Wright and Van Allen.