FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The Alaska Nanooks hockey team rolled to a 13-1 victory on Saturday night, as the Nanooks hosted the Simon Fraser Clan in an exhibition contest at the Carlson Center.
The matchup was highlighted by 15 different Alaska skaters making their way on the scoresheet with 10 Nooks producing multi-point nights. Alaska was led by senior defenseman Nikolas Koberstein, who registered one goal and five assists for six points, while freshman forward Sam Ruffin posted a natural hattrick.
Junior forward Kylar Hope put the Nooks on the board only 1:53 into the first period with a power play tally from fellow junior forward Tyler Cline and Koberstein. After long shot from Koberstein at the point, Cline mustered a shot on goal before Hope cleaned up the rebound in the crease to make it 1-0.
The first period saw four more goals to take a 5-0 lead heading into first intermission courtesy of Cline, senior forward Chad Staley, Koberstein and junior forward Colton Leiter.
Junior goaltender Anton Martinsson started in net for Alaska and finished the first period with seven saves.
Staley continued the scoring in the second period, as the Kennewick, Washington native registered an even-strength goal at the 6:23 mark. After Koberstein's long shot from the point, Staley fought off a Simon Fraser defender backdoor to bury his second goal of the night. Koberstein was given the primary assist while sophomore forward Steven Jandric earned the secondary.
Alaska captured three more goals in the second period thanks to sophomore forward Brennan Blaszczak, S. Jandric and junior forward Troy Van Tetering.
In net, junior netminder Niko DellaMaggiore turned away all six shots he faced throughout his 20:00 in goal.
Simon Fraser got on the board at the 7:23 mark of the third period, as defenseman Austin Adam netted a power play goal to make it 9-1 in favor of the home team. Alaska rookie goaltender Gustavs Grigals was screened in front of the Alaska net when Adam's wristshot went by.
The Nooks responded just over a minute later, as Leiter used an SFU defenseman as a screen on an offensive zone rush to make it 10-1 for the Nanooks. Leiter's goal was assisted by senior defenseman Jack Weiss.
In his unofficial first game in the Blue and Gold, Ruffin scored back-to-back even-strength goals within nine seconds of each other at the 17:51 and 18:00 mark of the third period. Just over a minute later (19:54), Ruffin's last shot on net sealed the 13-1 victory for Alaska and earned him a natural hattrick.
In net for the Nooks, Grigals posted a team-high 11 saves. On the other side of the ice, SFU's Lenko led all players with 12 saves while Ryan Sandric registered seven saves in the first period.
As a team, Alaska outshot their opponent 38-25 and won the battle in the face-off circle 37-29. The Nanooks went 2-for-6 on the man-advantage, while SFU went 1-for-8.
The Alaska Nanooks hockey team opens the 2018-19 season next week on the road, as they take on the Arizona State University Sun Devils in a pair of nonconference matchups at the Oceanside Arena in Tempe, Arizona. Game one of the series will take place on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 5pm AKT before closing out the weekend on Sunday, Oct. 7 at 1pm AKT.