FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Five different Alaska skaters lit the lamp and it used a string of three in a row in less than eight minutes during the second period to open Western Collegiate Hockey Association play with a 5-4 win over Northern Michigan Friday night at the Carlson Center.
The Nanooks (4-1-2, 1-0-0 WCHA) saw their goals come courtesy of sophomore center Tyler Morley (Burnaby, B.C./Business Administration), freshman left wing Brandon Morley (Burnaby, B.C./Business Administration), freshman right wing Marcus Basara (West Kelowna, British Columbia/Business Administration), senior center Colton Beck (Langley, British Columbia/Business Administration) and rookie center Shawn Hochhausen (West Kelowna, British Columbia/Petroleum Engineering).
Rookie left wing Jared Linnell (North Pole, Alaska/General Studies) led the team with two points on a pair of assists, marking his first two points of his young career.
For the Wildcats (2-5-0, 1-2-0 WCHA), Cohen Adair led all players with two scores while Stephan Vigier produced one goal and one helper. CJ Ludwig also notched the 'Cats other tally.
Alaska held a 30-19 advantage on shots and 20-12 lead in the blocks department. The Nanooks went 3-for-6 on the power play, scoring twice on a 5-on-3 opportunity, and only committed two penalties, despite allowing one goal while a man down.
Sophomore goaltender John Keeney (Twin Peaks, Calif./Business Administration) improved to 2-1-1 on the year with 15 saved on 19 faced while Michael Doan took the loss in net after allowing five goals on 22 shots in just over 37 minutes. Mathias Dahlstrom finished up the game with eight saves, all in the third period.
The Nanooks opened the scoring with a goal 12:44 into the game, on a power play. Working on the right side, Linnell fed the puck to Tyler Morley at the point and he took a shot from the top that beat Doan five-hole for the 1-0 lead.
Eighty-nine seconds later, at 14:13, Tyler's brother Brandon scored his first career goal to put Alaska up by two. Northern couldn't clear the puck and sophomore right wing Alec Hajdukovich (Fairbanks, Alaska/Business Administration) dished the puck from the right circle to Brandon out in front and he fired a shot while being pushed to ice that beat the Wildcat netminder stick side for the score.
Northern answered at 17:53 when Reed Seckel passed the puck from behind the net to a wide open Vigier, whose one-timer beat sophomore goaltender Keeney stick side.
Into the second, the Wildcats squared the contest at 2-2 at the 4:28 mark when Sami Salminen fed the possession to an open Adair and his backhand went over Keeney's glove hand.
Northern Michigan took a five-minute major penalty 7:27 into the second and a Ludwig minor at 8:06 set up a two-man advantage. Junior defenseman Trevor Campbell (Kansas City, Mo./Mechanical Engineering) fired a rocket that deflected by Linnell and saved by Doan but Basara corralled the rebound and put it home for his third of the season and a 3-2 lead for the locals.
Following the goal, a cross checking minor put Alaska back on the two-man advantage and Beck took the pass from senior defender Michael Quinn (Surrey, British Columbia/Geography) and blasted it home over the glove of Doan to put Alaska up 4-2 at 10:10 of the second.
Hochhausen completed the scoring with his first collegiate goal and gave his team a 5-2 lead at 17:01 when he took the puck out front and wristed it over the goalie's stick side. That would be all for Doan as he was replaced by Dahlstrom.
Northern didn't go away as it took advantage of Alaska miscues with a pair of third-period goals. Ludwig received the puck at the point and fired a slap shot that made it through the pack and went through Keeney's five-hole for the power-play tally with six minutes remaining.
Cohen scored his second of the game and season with 2:04 to play when he collected the puck off a Nanook turnover and his slow backhander surprised Keeney by slipping past his pad on the stick side to make it 5-4.
NMU went empty net for the final 1:06 and couldn't get another shot off as Alaska won the final face-off situation with just over nine seconds left and ran out the clock by clearing the puck.
The Nanooks and Wildcats complete the weekend series Saturday night at 7:07 p.m. The game will be streamed on America One Sports and you can also listen on ESPN Radio 820 AM KCBF.
* Brandon Morley and Shawn Hochhausen both scored their first career goals Friday night while Jared Linnell had his first collegiate points with the primary assist on Alaska's first and third goals.
* Brothers went back-to-back on the score sheet as Tyler Morley scored 12:44 into the game and his younger brother Brandon followed his first goal 89 seconds later.
* Colton Parayko had a secondary assist on Alaska's fourth goal of the night to up his season total to six, to lead the team.
* Alaska improved to 4-0-0 on Fridays this season and will look to notch its first Saturday victory tomorrow night.
* The Nanooks have gone 3-0-2 in their last five games since beginning the home portion of the schedule. man down.