Alaska And Minnesota State Play To 1-1 Draw

Junior forward Tyler Morley scores game-tying goal for Nanooks
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 7:24  MNS1-0 EV Max Gaede (4)Casey Nelson/21, Zach Palmquist/17
2nd 10:49  AKF1-1 PP GT Tyler Morley (11)Colton Parayko/16, Marcus Basara/10
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd OT Final
Minnesota State  10001
Alaska  01001
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd OT SOG
Minnesota State  465318
Alaska  9514230
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Minnesota State (23-5-2)  0/6 6/12 0
Alaska (14-13-2)  1/5 8/38 0
Minnesota State Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 OT Saves
Stephon Williams (T, 19-3-2)65:001 9414229
Alaska Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 OT Saves
Sean Cahill (T, 4-6-1)65:001 365317

FAIRBANKS - Tyler Morley's power play goal in the second period cancelled out Max Gaede's opening goal as the Alaska Nanooks went toe-to-toe with the No. 1 Minnesota State Mavericks in a 1-1 tie on Friday night at the Carlson Center.

Both teams pushed for a winning goal late in the game, but were unable to find the back of the net. The Nanooks, who now move to 14-13-2 overall and 9-12-2 in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, had the better chances to win as they looked to upset the top-ranked Mavericks (23-5-2, 19-2-2 WCHA).

Gaede opened the scoring on Minnesota State's opening shot of the game, one second after its power play ended and 7:24 into the game. But Alaska, who would dominate the rest of the period, would not be intimidated by its top-ranked opponents.

When the horn sounded to end the opening period, Alaska had outshot Minnesota State 9-4, but were unable to solve MSU's Stephon Williams in his return to Fairbanks. The Mavericks came close to doubling their lead, but Sean Cahill made a huge save to keep the game at 1-0.

T. Morley then knotted things up at one, 10:49 into the second period, as the Nanooks upped the pressure on the power play. Marcus Basara took the puck from the corner and found Colton Parayko whose blast from the point was deflected into the top of the net by T. Morley.

Following the goal, Minnesota State kicked into gear and unleashed a flurry of pressure on the Nanook goal, but solid defending and strong goaltending kept the game tied at one.

Perhaps most impressive for Alaska was its penalty kill. The Mavericks had six power play opportunities, including two five-minute majors, but were unable to generate many scoring chances. The ones they did were saved by Cahill, who closed out the game saving the last 17 shots he faced.

Austin Vieth, who scored the overtime goal that beat Minnesota State earlier in the season, and Peter Krieger both were denied by fine saves by Williams. Paryako, who had a strong game throughout, came the closest as his breakaway chance missed the roof of the net by inches.

Despite Alaska outshooting the Mavericks 30-18 and creating most of the chances in the third period and overtime, the Nanooks could not find the winning goal and had to settle for a 1-1 tie. The Nanooks will have a second chance at upsetting Minnesota State tomorrow night for Senior Night at the Carlson Center. Alaska will honor its seven seniors: Justin Tateson, Garrick Perry, Trevor Campbell, Nolan Kaiser, Nolan Youngmun, Jared Larson and Sean Cahill in its final home game of the season.