|1st||3:25||REN||1-0||PP||Riley Bourbonnais (3)||Miloš Bubela/1, Evan Tironese/3|
|1st||9:00||REN||2-0||SH||Jake Wood (1)||-|
|2nd||5:30||AKF||1-2||EV||Tayler Munson (3)||Marcus Basara/1, Peter Krieger/4|
|3rd||6:00||AKF||2-2||EV||Colton Sparrow (1)||Brandon Morley/1, Zach Frye/3|
|3rd||10:42||AKF||3-2||EV GW||Peter Krieger (1)||Zach Frye/4, Tayler Munson/2|
|3rd||18:22||AKF||4-2||SH EN||Tayler Munson (4)||Josh Atkinson/2|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Jason Kasdorf (L, 1-3-0)||58:14||3||14||12||21||47|
|Davis Jones (W, 1-2-0)||60:00||2||5||9||12||26|
FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The Alaska Nanooks hockey team had to overcome its second-straight 2-0 first period deficit to score a 4-2 victory over RPI on Saturday night to win the 2015 Brice Alaska Goal Rush at the Carlson Center. Sophomore Tayler Munson was named the BAGR's Most Valuable Player, after he picked up a record-setting six points (4 G, 2 A) on the weekend.
Alaska (2-2) finished the Brice with a perfect 2-0-0 record and won a tiebreaker over rival Alaska Anchorage, who also finished 2-0-0, thanks to a +7 goal differential. This year's championship marks the fourth-straight BAGR title for the Nanooks, and gives the team their sixth championship in the event. The two wins in this year's Brice also pushes the Nanooks to a 13-1-2 mark all-time.
The Nanooks found themselves down 2-0 at the end of the first period in both games, but scored a combined 11 goals in the second and third period in the BAGR to give them back-to-back come-from-behind wins. Head coach Dallas Ferguson was proud of the resilience that his team displayed over the weekend, as they picked up back-to-back come-from-behind wins.
"There is different ways to approach a deficit," Ferguson said. "We gave up a couple of goals both nights in the first period, but we were playing some really good hockey to open both nights. The message we gave the team was that they have to handle their highs and lows, and as long as you're playing well, good things will happen, and we were able to come back both nights."
Ferguson credits his team's leadership for both comebacks and said that the captains motivated the team to keep playing hard despite the early deficit. The head man also stated that playing in front of the home crowd also inspired the Nanooks in the comeback.
"The fans were great. They provided a lot of energy in both games. When you're down 2-0 and get that first goal the energy in the building goes up even more. When you're fans are into the game like they were this weekend, it provides an extra boost. It was a team effort by everyone involved this weekend and the fans really played a part in our two wins."
As for Munson, he had a record-setting weekend in the Brice, as he set the BAGR record in both points (six) and goals (four) in a single tournament. The Fairbanks native breaks Kevin Clark's (UAA) previous record of five points set back in 2008, and established a new tournament-best in goals. The previous high in goals scored was three, which was held by four players, including last year's Brice MVP Austin Vieth.
"He is a ballplayer," Ferguson said of Munson. "He put in a great summer of training, and the thing I noticed about him this weekend was that he was playing great on the walls. He is a big, strong kid and he didn't get out-battled here. What I really like was that he was scoring his goals around the net. He was using his size and that was great to see. We need him to perform and he has really emerged in the early part of the season."
Munson got Alaska on the board five minutes into the second period as he cleaned up around the net after Marcus Basara deflection. Colton Sparrow found the equalizer six minutes into the third, and Peter Krieger netted the eventual Brice Alaska Goal Rush-winning goal a little over four minutes later, sending the crowd of 2,367 into a frenzy. Munson capped off his record-setting weekend with an empty net goal with less than two minutes left.
Munson was one of three Nanooks to earn a BAGR honor, as Tyler Morley and Zach Frye were named to the all-tournament team. Alaska Anchorage's Blake Tatchell and Wyatt Ege were also selected, while Austin Orszulak (AIC) and Jason Kasdorf (RPI) were named to the team.
The Nanooks will now take a week off from competition before opening the Western Collegiate Hockey Association season on the road at Minnesota State. The two-game trip opens on Oct. 30 and concludes the next night. Both contest from Mankato, Minnesota are set for a 4:07 p.m. start.