2019-20 WCHA Game Recap

Senior forward Kylar Hope scored in 3-on-3 overtime for the Nanooks
Alaska Rallies To Tie Bowling Green, 2-2; Nanooks Grab Extra WCHA Point In 3-on-3 Overtime
Senior forward Kylar Hope scored in 3-on-3 overtime for the Nanooks

FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The Alaska Nanooks hockey team grabbed two WCHA points, tying the Bowling Green Falcons before snagging the second point in 3v3 overtime. With this tie, the Nanooks are now 14-13-4, 12-9-4-2 WCHA as we near the end of the season.

In the first period, the Falcons struck first, scoring two goals. The first of the two came from their top-scorer, Alec Rauhauser. Rauhauser took the puck from Adam Conquest and T.J. Lloyd before skating right in front of the net and putting a backhand past Gustavs Grigals in net. This goal came 8:41 into the opening period. BGSU struck again just before the end of the first period, this time it was Brandon Kruse. Kruse took a pass across the crease and beat Grigals.

Despite the two-goal deficit, the Nanooks made their comeback evident midway through the second period. Chris Jandric started the breakaway for the 'Nooks with a long pass up ice, catching the Falcons on a line-shift. After hitting his brother near the attacking blue-line, Steven Jandric entered the zone and hit Colton Leiter on the two-on-one. Leiter lit the lamp, putting the 'Nooks on the board and cutting the lead in half.

Nearly a full period would go buy, but the 'Nooks offense felt another goal was close. 9:52 into the third period, that goal came. After Max Newton played the puck to Steven Jandric, he found his brother, Chris, just inside the blue-line for a one-timer. The sophomore defenseman put a rocket by Eric Dop, the BGSU goalie, pinging the post while grabbing the goal. That goal came after the Falcons lost Evan Dougherty to a checking from behind - game misconduct penalty, putting the Alaska squad on a five-minute power play.

After tying it up late, the Nanooks and Falcons went to overtime tied at 2-2. Despite two penalties and a power play to both teams, nobody answered, resulting in a tie for the night. Thanks to WCHA rules, there was still 3v3 overtime to be played. Midway through the deciding period, Kylar Hope called game, escaping a scrum against the wall with the puck and firing the game-winner high on Dop. While the 'Nooks only grab two points for the tie and 3v3 OT win, it still keeps them in the hunt for home-ice in WCHA standings.

BGSU and Alaska return to action tomorrow at the Carlson Center for a 7:07 p.m. AKT puck-drop.

Game Summary

Friday, February 14, 2020

Game statistics
32 Shots 27
1 / 6 Power Plays 2 / 10
10 / 31 PIM 6 / 12
15-13-3 Records 14-13-4
Bowling Green Alaska
Alec Rauhauser (10)
Brandon Kruse (7)
1st/18:19 PP
Colton Leiter (5)
2nd/8:43 PP
Chris Jandric (5)
3rd/9:52 PP GT
Bowling Green Alaska
Eric Dop
64:43, 25 Saves, 2 GA
(T, 14-11-2)

Empty Net
0:17, 0 GA
Gustavs Grigals
65:00, 30 Saves, 2 GA
(T, 7-5-3)