FAIRBANKS - Despite taking a 1-0 lead just 25 seconds into the game, the Alaska Anchorage Seawolves dropped a 5-1 non-conference game to the Alaska Fairbanks Nanooks in Game 1 of the Alaska Airlines Governor's Cup at the Carlson Center on Friday night.
The Seawolves (11-17-3) opened up the scoring with a tally by junior defenseman Brad Gorham at 19:35 of the first, but the defending Nanooks (14-14-5) added one goal in the second stanza and four in the third for a 1-0 series lead.
Gorham gave UAA a one goal lead for over 27 minutes with a wrister from the left circle with just 25 seconds expired on the clock in the opening stanza. With his parent's in attendance, the Anchorage native tallied his first goal for the Green & Gold, beating UAF's Scott Greenham high and glove side. Freshman Jordan Kwas and senior Tommy Grant assisted on the play.
The Seawolves had a shorthanded opportunity in the first part of the second when senior forward Sean Wiles broke the puck free from Dustin Sather and fired on net. The puck when wide, hitting the left pipe.
UAF's Kevin Petovello knotted the game at 1-1 with 11:38 showing on the clock. The teams traded possession behind the UAA net, but it was Petovello who brought it out and slid it by freshman goaltender Rob Gunderson's left pad.
At 17:00 of the third, the Nanooks had two skaters sent to the box, giving UAA a 5-on-3 advantage for two minutes. UAF was able to keep UAA from taking the lead and just as the penalties expired, both Nanooks jumped out of the box for a two-man breakaway the other way, but couldn't convert.
UAF ended the tie at 8:09 with a goal by Colten Beck and then Andy Taranto gave the Nanooks a two-goal lead, just seven seconds later. At 15:09, with Gunderson on the bench, Colten added the empty netter and secured the win for UAF.
The night wasn't over though, and with 1:45 left in the game, UAF struck again on the power play for the 5-1 final.
Gunderson (7-13-2) made 30 saves in the loss, while Greenham (24 saves) improved his record to 14-14-5.
The Seawolves and the Nanooks will face-off in the second and final game of the Alaska Airlines Governor's Cup in Anchorage tomorrow at 7:07 p.m. AST.