|1st||2:07||STC||1-0||PP GW||Joey Benik (1)||Kalle Kossila/1, David Morley/1|
|1st||13:12||STC||2-0||EV||Blake Winiecki (1)||Nathan Widman/1, Jacob Benson/1|
|3rd||6:26||STC||3-0||EV||Judd Peterson (1)||Mikey Eyssimont/1, Jimmy Murray/1|
|St. Cloud State||2||0||1||3|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|St. Cloud State||9||7||14||30|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|St. Cloud State (1-0-0)||1/4||5/13||0|
|St. Cloud State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Charlie Lindgren (W, 1-0-0)||60:00||0||4||6||4||14|
|Davis Jones (L, 0-1-0)||60:00||3||7||7||13||27|
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The Alaska Nanooks hockey team could not overcome a pair of first period goals from St. Cloud State on Friday, as the Nanooks fell in their season-opening game at the 25th Annual Kendall Hockey Classic, 3-0.
Alaska (0-1) allowed the Huskies (1-0) to score a pair of goals off the rebound to give SCSU a 2-0 lead 13 minutes into the game. St. Cloud State added another goal six minutes into the third period, as the SCSU defense kept the Nanooks off the scoreboard for the full 60 minutes, as goalie Charlie Lindgren saved all 14 shots that came his way to pick up the 3-0 shutout victory.
"There is a lot to take away and learn from this game tonight," said head coach Dallas Ferguson. "That's a good hockey team we played. We didn't start the game the way we needed to. We showed some spurts, but we still didn't get enough traffic on their goaltender when we were getting our shots on goal. This was the first game of the year, we have some work to do, but we will grasp somethings tonight and be better tomorrow."
The Nanooks managed to get 14 shots on goal, as the trio of Tyler Morley, Tayler Munson and Ryker Leer each put two shots on Lindgren. Conversely, the Huskies put 30 shots on goal, led by Joey Benik's four.
Goalie Davis Jones strung together a strong performance despite allowing three goals, as he saved 27 shots. The 27-save performance marks career-best effort against a non-conference opponent for Davis. The St. Alberta, Alberta native posted seven saves in each of the first two periods and came up with 13 in the third.
The game started inauspiciously, as the Nanooks got hit with a tripping penalty just 41 seconds into the game. It would be the first of four Alaska penalties in the opening frame, as St. Cloud's Joey Benik corralled a deflection off a David Morley shot and put it past the line to give the Huskies a 1-0 lead just 2:07 into the game. SCSU scored in a similar fashion just 11 minutes later, as a Nathan Widman shot landed in front of the goal, causing a scramble infront of the net. Blake Winiecki would gain control of the puck and flicked it into the net to give St. Cloud a 2-0 advantage.
The Nanooks went on four power plays in the second period, and despite good distribution, Alaska was unable to string together a power play goal, as they went empty on all attempts.
St. Cloud pushed its advantage to 3-0 6:26 second into the third period, as Judd Peterson found the puck alone inside the crease. The score would stand until the final buzzer, as the Huskies handed Alaska the season-opening loss.
The Nanooks will have a quick turnaround, as they'll face NCAA Division I newcomer Arizona State tomorrow to conclude their stay at the Kendall Hockey Classic. The puck drops at 4:07 p.m. at the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage.