FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Alaska battled back from a two-goal deficit and briefly took a lead in the third period but after a goal by Mercyhurst and a scoreless overtime, both teams skated to a 3-3 tie Saturday night at Patty Ice Arena.
The Nanooks (3-1-2) saw their three goals come from sophomore center Tyler Morley (Burnaby, British Columbia/Business Administration), junior left wing Garrick Perry (Apple Valley, Minn./Communication) and sophomore right wing Nolan Huysmans (Ponoka, Alberta/Business Administration).
Sophomore goaltender John Keeney (Twin Peaks, Calif./Business Administration) earned the tie in net for the 'Nooks after making 29 stops on 32 shots faced (.906) to put his season record at 1-1-1.
The Lakers (1-5-1), who scored all three goals on the power play, were led by Daniel O'Donoghue, who tallied one goal and two assists to lead all players in the points category, while Matthew Zay and Kyle Just each notched one goal and one assist each. Jimmy Sarjeant had more success tonight between the pipes, making a game-high 31 saves on 34 shots (.912) to get his record to 1-2-1 on the year.
Alaska outshot Mercyhurst 34-32 on the evening but allowed three goals on the 11 penalty kills. MU killed off all four Nanook man advantages and led the blocks department 25-22. Face-offs, however, were once again dominated by the Nanooks, 53-32.
Mercyhurst struck first at 13:31 of the first period when O'Donoghue received the puck from Zay and buried it past Keeney for the 1-0 lead. More than 20 minutes later, at 14:36 of the second period, Just made it 2-0 visitors with his power-play score to quiet the crowd inside the on-campus arena.
Alaska answered right back 35 seconds later, with its first goal of the night at 15:11. Morley possessed the puck off a turnover in MU's defensive zone and put the puck past Sarjeant to trim the deficit to 2-1.
Jumping to the third, the Nanooks tied it at 4:13 when freshman center Joey Davies (Demorestville, Ontario/Business Administration) was on the break and Perry connected with his stick on the puck out in front of the net from the Davies pass for the game-tying score.
Alaska took its only lead of the game at the 7:16 mark of the final stanza on a goal by Huysmans. Junior defenseman Justin Tateson (Scandia, Alberta/Business Administration) fed the puck to senior left wing Colton Beck (Langley, British Columbia/Business Administration) and the senior captain found Huysmans with a great pass out front for the go-ahead tally.
Mercyhurst answered at 9:46 on the power play when Zay received the puck from O'Donoghue and put it past Keeney for the equalizer.
Both teams had ample opportunities to take a lead but both Keeney and Sarjeant were stout between their respective pipes, to force overtime. A five minute extra period was played and the Lakers put three on net to the Nanooks' two but no goal was scored, resulting in a 3-3 stalemate.
Alaska opens Western Collegiate Hockey Association play next weekend, Nov. 1-2, at the Carlson Center against Northern Michigan.