AIRBANKS, Alaska - The Alaska hockey team saw seven different players light the lamp as it cruised to an 8-1 exhibition victory against the University of British Columbia Saturday evening at the Carlson Center.
Senior center Cody Kunyk (Sherwood Park, Alberta/Business Administration and senior left wing Colton Beck (Langley, British Columbia/Business Administration) both accounted for three points apiece as Kunyk scored a pair of goals with one assist while Beck scored once with two helpers.
Six others turned in multiple-point nights as freshman center Josh Erickson (Roseau, Minn./General Studies), freshman right wing Marcus Basara (Port Moody, British Columbia/Business Administration), freshman left wing Brandon Morley (Burnaby, British Columbia/Business Administration), junior defenseman Trevor Campbell (Kansas City, Mo./Mechanical Engineering) and sophomore Nolan Huysmans (Ponoka, Alberta/Business Administration) each tallied one goal and one assist while sophomore defender Colton Parayko (St. Albert, Alberta/Business Administration) dished out a pair of assists.
All three goaltenders saw action and accounted for 23 saves on 24 shots faced, led by freshman netminder Davis Jones (St. Albert, Alberta/Elementary Education), who recorded 14 saves in the 20 minutes he saw action in the third period.
Alaska wasted little time getting on the board as Campbell struck first, 92 seconds into the game. Brandon Morley corralled the puck at center ice and skated to the offensive end and passed to an open Campbell, whose wrist shot from the left circle found the net. Twenty seconds later, freshman left wing Jared Linnell (North Pole, Alaska/General Studies) received a pass behind the net and fed the puck to Basara in front of the right crease and his shot lit the lamp over the glove hand of UBC's Matt Hewitt.
In the second, the Nanooks once again scored early, as Huysmans tallied his goal 55 ticks in off a rebound from a Beck shot. Less than four minutes later, Alaska made it 4-0 at 4:39 when Erickson exited the penalty box and Campbell fed him a pass down ice where he beat the UBC netminder one-on-one. The 'Nooks upped it to 5-0 12 minutes into the frame when Kunyk shot the puck at the net, and was initially saved, but he received the puck immediately back and fired it home for his first of the night.
Into the third, the Nanooks began the period on the power play and Beck scored just 19 seconds in to give the hosts a 6-0 advantage. Kunyk made it 7-0 just over four minutes into the third with his game-best second goal of the night. The Thunderbirds finally got on board 6:35 in when Kevin Smith scored on the power play off a deflection after Jones made the initial save on a shot by Matt Wray. Late in the game, Alaska closed the scoring when Brandon Morley got the puck from his brother, sophomore center Tyler Morley (Burnaby, British Columbia/British Columbia) with only 2:10 to go and scored from outside the left crease.
The 'Nooks outshot the T-birds 37-24 on the night and finished 2-for-6 on the man advantage while UBC was 1-for-5. Hewitt played all 60 minutes between the pipes for the visitors and made 29 saves. Defensively, Alaska kept UBC out of the offensive zone for much of the first two periods as junior Sean Cahill (Calgary, Alberta/Business Administration) and sophomore John Keeney (Twin Peaks, Calif./Business Administration) faced a combined nine shots in the first 40 minutes.
The Nanooks open the 2013-14 regular season next weekend when they travel to Anchorage for the 2013 Kendall Hockey Classic at the Sullivan Arena. Alaska will face Air Force in the opener on Friday, Oct.11 at 5:07 p.m., followed by the defending national runner-up Quinnipiac on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 4:07 p.m. Both can be seen on WCHATV and heard live on 820sports.com.
Three Stars of the Game:
1st Star: Cody Kunyk (2g, 1a, +3)
2nd Star: Colton Beck (1g, 2a, +3)
3rd Star: Josh Erickson (1g, 1a, +2)