FAIRBANKS - Daniel Naslund spotted Alaska Anchorage a lead with a second-period goal, but the Seawolves could not hang on Saturday night, falling 3-1 to host Alaska Fairbanks in hockey action at the Carlson Center.
The Seawolves (9-21-2) lost for the first time in six non-conference games this season despite a game-high 28 saves from sophomore goalie Chris Kamal.
The Nanooks (12-18-4) got goals from Cody Kunyk, Andy Taranto and Adam Henderson as they earned a two-game split of the Alaska Governor's Cup series and won the title in a shootout.
With a 2-1 lead in the best-of-3 shootout, the Seawolves had a chance to clinch their first Cup since 2009, but Taranto knotted the score by beating Kamal on UAF's final opportunity. UAA freshman Sam Mellor missed wide on UAA's next chance, and UAF's Nik Yaremchuk ended it after that.
Following a scoreless first period, the Seawolves opened the scoring with an even-strength tally at 3:56 of the second frame. Naslund, and junior forward, and senior Jade Portwood executed a give-and-go, with Portwood placing the puck on net for Naslund to send home for his fifth of the season. Freshman Corbin Karl was credited with the second assist on the play.
The Nanooks knotted the game 1-1 with a strike at 12:33 of the period when Aaron Gens placed a shot on net and Kunyk was there to tip it in. UAF would take a two-goal lead at 18:34 on a wrister from Taranto, before getting an insurance goal from Henderson with 15 minutes left in the third. Chris Kamal stood on his head most of the second period, making multiple saves to help keep UAA in the game. UAF outshot the Seawolves 31-15.
The Cup title has now been decided by a shootout five times, with UAF winning four of those.
The Seawolves wrap up the regular season at home with a WCHA series against Bemidji State on March 2-3. The games are scheduled to commence at 7:07 p.m. AST both evening, while Saturday's contest will also double as Senior Night.