FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The Alaska Nanooks hockey team fell in a tough game with the Ferris State Bulldogs on Friday, Nov. 22. Alaska dropped game one, 2-3, falling to 7-8-0, 5-4-0-0 WCHA on the season.
The Bulldogs struck first in the first period, after a slow start to the game. 13:58 into the opening period, defenseman Zach Yoder connected on a high puck, pulling it down into the net off of a pass from Jake Willets. This power play goal gave FSU a 0-1 lead heading into the first intermission. Despite outshooting the Bulldogs, the Nanooks could not capitalize until the midway point of the second period.
Unfortunately by the time the 'Nooks were on the board Ferris State had already struck for another goal. 10:56 into the second, Liam MacDougall stole the puck in the Nanook zone and slotted his first goal of the year. This turnover came with a one-man advantage for the 'Nooks, creating the short-handed opportunity and goal for FSU. Steven Jandric brought some life back to the Alaska sideline and the fans inside the Carlson Center. During the Nanooks fourth power-play of the night, Jandric took passes from Colton Leiter and Tyler Cline and picked up the first goal of the night for the 'Nooks, bringing them within one at 1-2.
That score would remain through the second intermission break. Two and a half minutes into the final period, Jandric's brother, Chris Jandric joined in on the action. He found himself with the tying goal, making it 2-2 off of passes from Leiter and Kyle Marino, for his third goal of the season. Alaska kept the attack on FSU net-minder, Carter McPhail, putting 18 shots on goal in the third period alone, resulting in the lone goal.
With the attack from the 'Nooks, the Bulldogs saw the complete opposite on offense, only putting two shots on goal towards Martinsson. Despite the lopsided shots on goal, Ferris State grabbed the game-winning-goal on one of their two shots, coming 13:59 into the third as Brenden Rons took a pass from Jason Brancheau and put one past Martinsson, top-shelf.
This loss ends Alaska's four-game winning-streak against the Bulldogs and drops the 'Nooks to 2-5-0 on home ice. These two teams are back in action on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 7:07 p.m. at the Carlson Center.