|1st||19:58||AKF||1-0||PP GW||Ryker Leer||Peter Krieger, Josh Atkinson|
|3rd||3:58||AKF||2-0||EV||Peter Krieger||Nolan Huysmans|
|3rd||7:35||AKF||3-0||EV||Tyler Morley||Peter Krieger|
|3rd||17:57||AKF||4-0||EV EN||Josh Erickson||-|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Mount Royal Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Cam Lanigan (L)||58:18||3||6||5||7||18|
|Davis Jones (W)||20:00||0||10||0||0||10|
FAIRBANKS, Alaska -- The Alaska Nanooks hockey team scored three goals in the final period to pull away from a pesky Mount Royal University team on Sunday afternoon, as the Nanooks captured a 4-0 victory at the Carlson Center.
The Nanooks looked crisp in their lone exhibition game, as the offense exploded late in the afternoon, by tallying three scores in the final 20 minutes to extend their 1-0 lead to 4-0. The Alaska defense kept a clean sheet on Sunday afternoon, as head coach Dallas Ferguson rotated all three goalies on his roster into the contest. Davis Jones played in the first and saved 10 shots. It was then Jesse Jenks turn, and he responded with 11 stops before John Keeney finished the game between the pipes to ensure the shutout with his 16 saves, giving the trio a total of 37.
The offense was supplied by freshman Ryker Leer, sophomore Peter Krieger, senior captain Tyler Morley and junior Josh Erickson, as Alaska sends the Cougars back to Calgary, Alberta with a 1-1 mark on their two-game trip to the Last Frontier.
Mount Royal rode into the Carlson Center with a heap of momentum, as they knocked off Alaska Anchorage, 1-0, on Friday. The confidence the Cougars gained against the Seawolves was evident in the opening minutes of the first period, as they had appeared to take an early 1-0 lead over the Nanooks. After a review, the officiating crew waved off the goal, and Alaska would take advantage of the disallowed goal in the closing seconds of the frame, as the freshman Leer rebounded a shot from Josh Atkinson and snuck the puck cross the line with just 02.1 seconds remaining to score the power-play goal.
The Cougars looked to have pulled even with the Nanooks the second period as Mackenzie Jones ripped a shot just a few feet from the blue line. Once again, MRU was denied a goal after the review, as one of the Cougars had their left skate inside the crease. Alaska's poise was tested in the second frame, as the Nanooks had two players in the penalty box, leaving them with just three skaters on the ice. The trio of Alaska players were able to outlast the Cougar power play, as the Nanooks kept their 1-0 lead intact going into the final period.
It took just under four minutes into the third period for Alaska to double its lead, as Krieger scored a goal off a Nolan Huysmans assist to give his team the 2-0 lead. Just minutes later, Western Collegiate Hockey Association Co-Player of the Year Tyler Morley pushed the Alaska lead to three with a goal. Mount Royal decided to pull their goalie with roughly five minutes remaining in the contest, and that decision proved to be costly, as Erickson was able to skate past the 6-4 skater advantage for MRU and collect an empty-net goal.
Despite scoring four times on Sunday, Alaska was outshot 37-22 by the Cougars. It was a physical affair between the two teams, as they combined to have 12:39 of power play time, with the Nanooks garnering 7:12 of that time.
Alaska officially opens the 2015-16 season this Friday, Oct. 9, as they travel to Anchorage to partake in the Kendall Hockey Classic. The Nanooks open with former WCHA member St. Cloud State at 5:07 p.m. on Friday night before taking on NCAA Division I hockey newcomer Arizona State at 4:07 p.m. on Saturday.