|2nd||15:05||AKF||1-0||PP GW||Colton Parayko (1)||Marcus Basara/1, Nolan Kaiser/1|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Landon Peterson (L, 0-1-0)||58:39||1||9||12||9||30|
|Davis Jones (W, 1-0-0)||60:00||0||5||4||5||14|
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Colton Parayko's howitzer in the second period was all goaltender Davis Jones and the Alaska Nanooks needed, as they began the 2014-15 season with a 1-0, upset win over the No. 10/12 nationally ranked Wisconsin Badgers in the opening game of the Kendall Hockey Classic.
The victory marks the first time Alaska has ever beaten Wisconsin, as they were previously 0-7-0 against the Badgers, and was the first time Wisconsin was shutout in a season opener since 1936.
Parayko's goal came with 4:55 left in the second period and was the lone goal in a game that featured excellent goaltending displays at both ends of the ice. Alaska's Davis Jones stopped all 14 shots he faced, including two phenomenal saves late in the game to preserve the Nanook lead, while Wisconsin's Landon Peterson made 30 saves on 31 shots.
Said captain Parayko on the win and the performance of his goaltender, "We played really well as a team. We did a great job of controlling the play in front of Davis and he made some big saves when he had to."
"We did a good job of executing the game plan, getting pucks in deep, fore-checking hard and possessing the puck," said Head Coach Dallas Ferguson, praising his team's and Jones' play. "All that made it a tough game for Davis, because he wasn't seeing a ton of action but he followed the puck well and when they did get quality chances he came up big."
Davis was quick to praise his team after the victory. Said the sophomore goaltender, "The boys did a great job of getting pucks deep into the offensive zone to go along with a great defensive effort. They blocked a lot of shots in front of me and communicated great at the back."
After a nervy opening few minutes, Alaska began to make its presence known in the first period. Peter Krieger had the best chance of the opening 20 as he rang the iron after getting behind the Wisconsin defense.
In the second, the Nanooks continued to up the pressure, holding Wisconsin to just four shots on goal and finding the breakthrough at the hands of their junior captain. Joseph LaBate was penalized for checking from behind with six minutes to play in the period and Alaska capitalized quickly. After some slick passing, Nolan Kaiser dropped the puck to Marcus Basara who fed Parayko who blasted the puck over Peterson's blocker from the left faceoff circle.
"Marcus gave me the puck in a good lane to shoot, I saw the opportunity to get a shot on goal, and I took it," explained Parayko of his goal.
In the third, both teams had several chances to score, but the Alasaka defense and Davis held firm, preserving the victory.
Alaska next plays tomorrow, Saturday Oct. 11, at 4:07 against Maine with a chance to win the Kendall Hockey Classic for the first time since 2009-10. Should Maine defeat Alaska Anchorage in tonight's game, the battle against the Nanooks would be for the championship. If not, the tournament would be decided after UAA's game tomorrow night against Wisconsin.