ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Quinnipiac struck thrice on the power play and Michael Garteig made 23 stops in net as the Alaska hockey team fell 4-1 at the Kendall Hockey Classic on Saturday afternoon at the Sullivan Arena.
Sam Anas led the Bobcats (1-1-0) with one goal and a pair of helpers while QU saw its other scores come from Derek Smith, Connor Clifton and Connor Jones. Matthew Peca also added in two assists in the win.
Sophomore right wing Nolan Huysmans (Ponoka, Alberta/Business Administration) was Alaska's lone goal scorer while sophomore defenseman Colton Parayko (St. Albert, Alberta/Business Administration) produced the lone assist.
Sophomore goaltender John Keeney (Twin Peaks, Calif./Business Administration) took the loss between the pipes with 17 saves on 21 shots faced.
The Nanooks (1-1-0) outshot the Bobcats 24-21 but struggled to stay at even strength, as they suffered nine penalties and seven penalty kills. QU converted on 3-of-7 man-advantage situations while Alaska was only 1-for-4 on the power play.
The Bobcats opened the scoring just 3:55 into the contest on the power play when Smith took a slap shot from the left point past the glove hand of Keeney for the early 1-0 lead. They extended the advantage to two with only 51 seconds remaining in the opening stanza on the 5-on-3 power play. Peca took a shot that was initially saved by Keeney but Anas collected the rebound in the left circle and fired it on the open net.
Jumping ahead to late in the second, the Nanooks, on one of their few power plays lit the lamp at 15:36. Parayko wound up and blasted a one-timer that was stopped by Garteig but Huysmans was there to clean it up and he won the battle at the net for his second goal in as many days.
Quinnipiac answered back at 17:11 of the second as Anas found a wide open Connor Clifton in the left circle and his one-time slapper put the 'Cats up by the count of 3-1.
The Nanooks kept applying the pressure and had numerous opportunities all throughout the third period to cut into the deficit but Garteig stood on his head and kept the defending national runners-up ahead by a pair. QU added some insurance 12:29 into the final period as Anas passed it out in front to backwards Jones who backhanded it past Keeney for the game's final tally.
Alaska can still win the Kendall Hockey Classic with an Air Force victory over Alaska Anchorage, which is currently in progress. Stay tuned for that result and the announcement of the All-Tournament Team.
The Nanooks return to the ice next weekend when they host the 2013 Brice Alaska Goal Rush at the Carlson Center. On Friday, Oct. 18, UAA plays Western Michigan at 5:07, followed by Alaska versus Denver at 8:07 p.m. On Saturday, Oct. 19, the Seawolves meet the Pioneers at 4:07 p.m. and the Nanooks close the tournament against the Broncos at 7:07 p.m.