|1st||5:07||STC||1-0||PP||Jimmy Schuldt (4)||Robby Jackson/3, Mikey Eyssimont/1|
|1st||18:34||AKF||1-1||EV||Kylar Hope (2)||-|
|2nd||18:06||AKF||2-1||EV||Ross Heidt (1)||Justin Young/1, Nick Hinz/1|
|3rd||1:12||STC||2-2||EV||Robby Jackson (2)||Jimmy Schuldt/3, Jon Lizotte/1|
|3rd||8:41||STC||3-2||EV||Jacob Benson (2)||Clark Kuster/1, Luke Jaycox/1|
|3rd||10:58||AKF||3-3||PP||Tristan Thompson (2)||Nikolas Koberstein/1, Tayler Munson/1|
|3rd||16:56||AKF||4-3||EV||Ross Heidt (2)||Colton Leiter/3, Kylar Hope/2|
|3rd||18:11||STC||4-4||EV||Ryan Poehling (1)||Jack Ahcan/3, Mikey Eyssimont/2|
|OT||2:06||STC||5-4||EV GW||Nick Poehling (3)||Jack Poehling/1, Judd Peterson/4|
|St. Cloud State||1||0||3||1||5|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||OT||SOG|
|St. Cloud State||8||12||12||2||34|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|St. Cloud State (3-0-0)||1/5||5/10||0|
|Anton Martinsson (L, 0-3-1)||62:06||5||7||12||9||1||29|
|St. Cloud State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||OT||Saves|
|Dávid Hrenák (W, 1-0-0)||62:06||4||3||10||8||1||22|
ST. CLOUD, Minn. - The Alaska Nanooks hockey team fell in heartbreaking fashion to one of the top teams in the nation on Saturday night, as the Nooks fell 5-4 in overtime to the No. 4/6-ranked St. Cloud Huskies in a non-conference match-up at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center in St. Cloud.
As the Nanooks continue to search for their first victory of the season, Alaska's overall record drops to 0-3-1 (0-0-0-0 WCHA), while the Huskies improve to a perfect 3-0-0 (0-0-0 NCHC) on the season.
"I'm extremely proud of how the guys played tonight and really, throughout the weekend," head coach Lance West said on Saturday. "We got down early and battled back to take the lead a couple of times, which shows the resiliency this group has in them. If we learned anything from this trip, it's that we need to control the ups and the downs and I thought we managed our emotions pretty well. We had a push-back in all situations but we continued to compete and battle until the end. We have to clean up a couple details in order to close out a game but I believe after how we played this weekend, we can compete with the best of them."
In a game that saw nine total goals, offense wasn't lacking for either the Nanooks or the Huskies, as a five-goal third period forced extra hockey. Alaska's sophomore class led the charge throughout the night, as four second-year returners contributed to Alaska's six of 10 points on the night. Sophomore forward Ross Heidt tallied two goals against the Huskies to register his first goal and multi-point night of the 2017-18 season, while fellow sophomore forward Kylar Hope registered a goal and an assist.
Defensively, Alaska sophomore goaltender Anton Martinsson appeared between the pipes for the Nanooks for the fourth-straight game and tallied 29 saves on the night. On the other end of the ice, St. Cloud's David Hrenak collected 22 saves as the Huskies outshot Alaska 34-26.
The Huskies wasted no time opening up the scoring on Saturday night, as their captain Jimmy Schuldt recorded a power play tally only 5:07 into the first period. Schuldt, who posted two power play goals against the Nanooks on Friday, continued the trend by ripping a one-timer past Martinsson to make it a 1-0 game.
The Nooks kept battling onward and it paid off with an unassisted goal by Hope at the 18:34 mark to tie the game at 1-1 going into the first intermission. Hope found himself outnumbered 1-on-4 entering the Husky defensive zone with the puck before continuing around the net and spinning around in the slot to catch Hrenak off his angle to score his second collegiate goal in back-to-back games.
Heidt recorded his first goal of the game and the only goal throughout the entire second period at the 18:06 mark. Senior defenseman Nick Hinz dumped the puck into the corner before freshman forward Justin Young collected the puck off of the boards and made a crisp pass to Heidt, who was alone in the slot. Heidt went forehand-backhand on Hrenak for his eighth career goal to give Alaska a 2-1 lead entering the second intermission.
St. Cloud refused to go down without a fight as the final 20-minute period began, with the Huskies scoring back-to-back goals in the first nine minutes to take back a 3-2 lead over the Nanooks. Alaska answered back at the 10:58 mark when sophomore defenseman Tristan Thompson netted his second goal of the season on the power play. After receiving a pass from junior defenseman Nikolas Koberstein, Thompson let a wristshot go that found its way to the back of the net to tie the game at 3-3. Senior forward Tayler Munson was awarded the secondary assist on Thompson's goal.
The Nanooks continued to carry the momentum, as Heidt registered his second goal of the game at the 16:56 mark of the third period. After a turnover by the Huskies behind their own net, Hope made a quick pass to fellow sophomore forward Colton Leiter, who rifled a one-timer but Hrenak was there and able to make the save. As all the SCSU defensemen focused their attention on Leiter, Heidt creeped in backdoor to collect Leiter's rebound and take back the lead 4-3.
St. Cloud was able to catch the Nanooks scrambling in the defensive zone to tie the game 4-4 at the 18:11 mark with a goal by Ryan Poehling. R. Poehling's brother Nick Poehling scored only 2:06 into overtime on a 2-on-1 rush to seal the Huskies' victory and non-conference sweep of the Nanooks.
The Alaska Nanooks return to the 49th state next week, taking on in-state rival Alaska Anchorage in a rare home-and-home series next Friday, Oct. 20 and Saturday, Oct. 21. The Nooks will face the Seawolves at the Sullivan Arena on Friday before hosting UAA on Saturday at the Carlson Center. The two-game series will count toward the Alaska Airlines Governor's Cup series but does not count toward Western Collegiate Hockey Association play. Puck-drop both nights is scheduled for 7:07pm AKDT.