FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The Alaska Nanooks hockey team fell in the final game of their home-series against non-conference opponent, Arizona State. The Nanooks dropped the home-game, 0-4, allowing two goals in both the first and third period. This loss drops the Nanooks to 6-6-0, 4-2-0-0 WCHA on the season.
The first period went by quick. With three penalties and a combined 17 shots, the score remained 0-0 for the first 17 minutes until Joshua Maniscalco of Arizona State changed that. After taking a pass from Demetrios Koumon and James Sanchez, the sophomore, defenseman for ASU gave the Devils the lead. Just over a minute later, the ASU attack struck again. This time Tyler Busch found a rebounding puck off of Nanooks goaltender, Gustavs Grigals and snuck it behind the Latvian keeper, extending the Arizona State lead to 0-2.
The second period went into a defensive show with ASU putting only three shots on goal and Alaska only getting five on the net. After a scoreless second period, the Sun Devils played add on in the third. Demetrios Koumontzis claimed the third goal of the night for ASU 4:10 into the third before Joshua Maniscalco put the game away with less than two minutes remaining on the Nanooks empty net.
The Nanooks get ready for a trip to Northern Michigan next week and both head coach Erik Largen and senior, defenseman had similar thoughts on this weekend to next. Largen had this to say, "We played Northern (Michigan) in the playoffs last year at their place, we know what they bring and we need to go in and get ready for two tough games." Thompson echoed the thoughts of Largen on this weekend and next week, "We've got a great group of guys, we will learn from this weekend and we'll get ready for next weekend, we know what they (NMU) brings to the table and we'll have to just come prepared."
The Nanooks and Arizona State ended the weekend with a series-split as the Nanooks grabbed their first win all-time against the Sun Devils before dropping their fourth game all-time to ASU.
With the Nanooks heading on the road, Alaska will not be back home until the weekend on Nov. 22 and Nov. 23 when they welcome Ferris State University to Fairbanks.