FAIRBANKS - Alex Petan used a three-point night and Pheonix Copley won in his return home as Michigan Tech downed Alaska 3-2 in Western Collegiate Hockey Association play Friday night at the Carlson Center.
Petan scored twice and added an assist as the Huskies (5-8-2, 3-3-1) scored all three of their goals in 7:11 to earn their first road win of the season. The Nanooks (5-6-2, 2-5-0 WCHA) fell for the third straight outing and fifth in the last six games despite outshooting MTU 32-24.
CJ Eick also notched a pair of assists in the win for Michigan Tech while Copley improved to 4-6-1 on the year after making 30 saves between the pipes and holding the 'Nooks without a goal for the final 26:49 to preserve the victory.
Alaska saw its two goals come from sophomore center Tyler Morley (Burnaby, British Columbia/Business Administration) and junior left wing Garrick Perry (Apple Valley, Minn./Communication) and junior goaltender Sean Cahill (Calgary, Alberta/Business Administration) made his first start of the year, making 21 stops in the loss.
Alaska held a 21-18 advantage on blocks, led by sophomore defenseman Josh Atkinson (Spruce Grove, Alberta/Business Administration), who tied for a game-best four blocks, with MTU's Cliff Watson. Neither team saw any success on the power play as Alaska went 0-for-3 (8 shots0 and Michigan Tech went 0-for-4 (1 shot).
The Nanooks wasted little time getting on the board with a tally just 77 seconds into regulation. Sophomore defenseman J.D. Peterson (Orange, Calif./Communication) fired a shot from just inside the blue line that was saved by Copley and Morley, the Era Alaska Nanook of the Game, was there to clean up the mess for his sixth goal of the year.
Early in the second, the Huskies offense awoke as Shane Hanna netted his first career goal just 58 ticks into the period. Hanna received the puck from Petan at the point and fired a shot past Cahill top shelf.
At 4:49, Petan scored the first of his two goals. Eick fed him the puck on a break and he skated around Cahill and tapped it in to give MTU the lead at 2-1. Just over three minutes later at 8:09, Petan struck again with a goal similar to his first one, with the assist going to Eick, to put the visitors up 3-1.
Alaska answered at 13:11 in the same period as freshman center Shawn Hochhausen (Kelowna, British Columbia/Petroleum Engineering) took a shot from the left side that was initially saved but Perry crashed to the net and popped it through with his stick.
In the third both squads had great opportunities to add to the scoring but both Copley and Cahill controlled their respective nets as both netminders stopped nine shots apiece.
The teams will conclude the weekend set Saturday night with a 7:07 p.m. start time.