|1st||13:07||WMU||1-0||PP||Nolan LaPorte (1)||Justin Kovacs/3, Taylor Fleming/2|
|1st||20:00||AKF||1-1||PS||Garrick Perry (1)||-|
|2nd||9:32||WMU||2-1||EV||Neal Goff (2)||Nolan LaPorte/3, Colton Hargrove/1|
|2nd||15:23||WMU||3-1||PP GW||Nolan LaPorte (2)||Justin Kovacs/4, Kenney Morrison/1|
|3rd||9:50||AKF||2-3||EV||Marcus Basara (1)||Colton Sparrow/2|
|3rd||19:38||WMU||4-2||EV EN||Colton Hargrove (1)||-|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Western Michigan (2-4-0)||2/6||4/8||0|
|Sean Cahill (L, 2-1-0)||59:19||3||12||15||6||33|
|Western Michigan Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Lukas Hafner (W, 2-2-0)||60:00||2||11||9||10||30|
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The No. 16/RV Nanook hockey team was unable to overcome a pair of second period goals as it dropped its first game of the campaign, 4-2, to Western Michigan on Saturday.
The Bronocs (2-4-1) took the lead 13 minutes into the game with a Nolan LaPorte power play goal, his first of the season, and the first goal that Nanook goalie Sean Cahill had conceded in over 90 minutes of play.
Alaska (5-1-0) leveled things up in extraordinary fashion, as assistant captain Garrick Perry tallied his first goal of the season on a penalty shot to end the first period. Perry was adjudged to have been denied a clear breakaway, just as the period was ending, and capitalized on the spectacular opportunity.
The second period was dominated by Western Michigan as they scored two unanswered goals and outshot the Nanooks by a 17-9 count. Neal Goff scored his second of the season with a blast from the point to give Western a 2-1 lead before LaPorte added his second, this time on a 5-on-3 power play, to increase the score to 3-1.
As Alaska upped the pressure in the third, it was rewarded for its efforts with a Marcus Basara goal, midway through the frame. Basara's first of the season came from Colton Sparrow's third assist of the young season and brought the Nanooks within one.
Tragically, Western Michigan would score the game's final goal, as Colton Hargrove netted with the net empty, as the Nanooks had utilized the extra attacker in an effort to force the game into overtime.
"I liked the way we played tonight," said head coach Dallas Ferguson. "We skated well and created more scoring chances than we did last night, but unfortunately we were unable to capitalize on those chances."
Cahill was again impressive in goal as he made 33 saves. Lukas Hafner stopped 30 of 32 for Western Michigan, to earn the win.
"We had a great run these last three weekends," continued Ferguson. "Our guys should feel good with the start we made. Now we turn our focus to Bemidji State and the start of the WCHA schedule."
Alaska will now travel to take on Bemidji State next weekend, to open up Western Collegiate Hockey Athletic Association play.