FAIRBANKS - Senior center Cody Kunyk (Sherwood Park Alberta/Business Administration) and junior left wing Jared Larson (Apple Valley, Minn./Business Administration) both scored twice to lead Alaska to its first Western Collegiate Hockey Association sweep, downing Alabama Huntsville by a 6-1 score for the second straight night Saturday at the Carlson Center.
The Nanooks (12-12-4, 9-11-4 WCHA) had a season-best seven players record multi-point nights while the Chargers (1-26-1, 1-16-1 WCHA) lost their third straight and extended their winless streak to 12 games after managing two combined goals on the weekend.
Kunyk was named Era Alaska Nanook of the Game after registering his fifth three-point game of the year with two goals and one assist while Larson had the first two-goal game of his collegiate career.
Junior left wing Nolan Youngmun (Anchorage, Alaska/Petroleum Engineering) also had the first multi-point game in his 86th game as a collegian with a goal and an assist and senior left wing Colton Beck (Langley, British Columbia/Business Administration) also accrued two points on one score and a helper.
Three defensemen also dished out a pair of assists each in senior Michael Quinn (Surrey, British Columbia/Geography), junior Trevor Campbell (Kansas City, Mo./Mechanical Engineering) and sophomore Colton Parayko (St. Albert, Alberta/Business Administration).
Junior goaltender Sean Cahill (Calgary, Alberta/Business Administration) won for the second night in a row, making 14 saves to improve his season mark to 4-3-1 while Carmine Guerriero took the loss for UAH to fall to 1-13-0 after making 43 stops between the pipes.
Alaska once again dominated in the shot department, putting a season-high 49 shots on net to UAH's 14. The Nanooks also converted on two of three power plays while going 3-for-3 on the penalty kill. They held a 15-9 advantage in blocks, led by sophomore defenseman J.D. Peterson (Orange, Calif./Communication), who tied his career high with four.
The Nanooks took the early 1-0 lead with a goal 10:41 into the game. Working the puck down low, freshman left wing Jared Linnell (North Pole, Alaska/General Studies) fed the puck out in front to Youngmun, who fired a one-timer past Guerriero over his stick side.
On its first possession of the second, Alaska doubled it to 2-0 with a tally just 21 seconds in. Parayko took a shot from the right point and Kunyk was out front to deflect it in for his first goal of the night.
The Nanooks struck on the power play at 8:29 to extend the advantage. Quinn fired a shot from the top of the offensive zone that was saved by Guerriero but Larson was just outside the right crease, where he buried it.
Less than four minutes later, the Chargers lit the lamp for their only score of the night. Brent Fletcher took advantage of his screen on Cahill as he possessed the puck off a Stephen McKenna shot, and put it past the goal line to make it a 3-1 game.
Much like Friday, the Nanooks broke it open with a three-goal third. At the 3:07 mark of the final stanza and on a 4-on-3 power play, Parayko passed the puck from the top of the left circle over to Kunyk, who blasted a shot in from between the circles for his 15th goal of the season.
The goal scoring continued at 15:20 of the third on a transition goal. The Nanooks were on a 2-on-1 break up ice and Youngmun passed it off to Larson, who went top shelf to complete his first multi-goal night ever.
Alaska rounded out the scoring barrage with its final tally 17:44 into the third. Freshman right wing Marcus Basara (Port Moody, British Columbia/Business Administration) let go of a shot from the right circle off a pass from Kunyk and the puck was redirected in by Beck, who was standing right in front of Guerriero.
Kunyk continued to move up on the program's all-time scoring list as he passed former Nanooks Andy Taranto ('13) and Dion Knelsen ('10) for 17th place as he stands at 121 points on 53 goals and 68 assists.
Alaska moved into a three-way tie for fifth place in the WCHA standings at 20 points with six games to play and will have the next week off before returning to action Feb. 14-15 for its final road trip of the season at Michigan Tech.