FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The Alaska Nanooks hockey team dropped their second nonconference contest of the weekend, falling 6-2 to the No. 3/5-ranked St. Cloud University Huskies at the Carlson Center. The Nooks continue their hunt for their first win of the 2018-19 season, as their overall record drops to 0-4-0, while the Huskies improve to 2-0-0 on the year.
Like Friday, the Nanooks were able to get on the board first, as sophomore forward Brennan Blaszczak netted his first career goal at the 13:28 mark of the first period. Senior forward Ryker Leer's forecheck caused a St. Cloud defenseman to turnover the puck in their own defensive zone before Leer was able to chip the puck out to junior forward Kyle Marino, who was supporting by the near-side post. Marino gave a touch-pass across the crease to Blaszczak, who was wide open backdoor to give the Nanooks a 1-0 lead.
The Huskies responded only three minutes later, as St. Cloud's Jacob Benson tied the game by cleaning up a rebound at the 16:12 mark. Benson's tally was assisted by Patrick Newell and Jack Ahcan.
Alaska took the lead once again, as Leer netted his first goal of the season and second point of the night 4:57 into the second period. After the Nooks successfully killed off his penalty, freshman defenseman Chris Jandric exited the penalty box and directly entered his own defensive zone to retrieve a loose puck in the corner. C. Jandric caught St. Cloud on a change and gave a stretch pass to Marino, who was posted by the far blueline. Marino was able to enter the zone before firing a pass to Leer, who was crashing the net, for a tip-in.
Leer's goal marked his second point of the night, first of the season, while C. Jandric has now picked up two assists in two games.
Marino now leads the Alaska Nanooks in points with a multi-point night on Saturday, having earned three points in two games.
St. Cloud tied the game at 2-2 with a goal from Kevin Fitzgerald at the 5:13 mark, before officially taking the lead at the 6:58 mark with a tally from Patrick Newell.
The Huskies scored three more times in the final 20 minutes of the game, with Robby Jackson scoring back-to-back goals before Nolan Walker scored St. Cloud's sixth and final goal of the night.
On the back end, St. Cloud's Jeff Smith earned 20 saves against the Nanooks, while Alaska rookie netminder Gustavs Grigals registered a career-high 30 saves in his first collegiate start in goal.
The Alaska Nanooks will head on a two-week road trip next week, first traveling to Denver, Colorado to take on the University of Denver Pioneers in a two-game nonconference series this Friday, Oct. 19 and Saturday, Oct. 20. Puck-drop at Magness Arena is scheduled for 5:05pm AKT both nights.