Alaska Stopped by Wisconsin, 5-2

Sophomore forward Austin Vieth scored a goal for the Nanooks
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 4:25  WIS1-0 EV Will Johnson (4)Seamus Malone/14, Adam Rockwood/11
1st 12:02  AKF1-1 EV John Mullally (3)Josh Erickson/4
3rd 0:50  WIS2-1 PP Luke Kunin (10)Adam Rockwood/12, Tim Davison/6
3rd 2:42  AKF2-2 EV Austin Vieth (1)John Mullally/4
3rd 3:49  WIS3-2 EV GW Jake Linhart (7)Cameron Hughes/11, Grant Besse/15
3rd 5:43  WIS4-2 PP Cameron Hughes (3)Seamus Malone/15, Jake Linhart/7
3rd 11:43  WIS5-2 EV Matthew Freytag (6)Ryan Wagner/11, Jason Ford/6
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd Final
Alaska  1012
Wisconsin  1045
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd SOG
Alaska  179632
Wisconsin  12111134
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Alaska (7-15-4)  0/3 7/14 0
Wisconsin (6-12-6)  2/3 7/14 0
Alaska Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Davis Jones (L, 3-9-1)59:515 1111729
Empty Net0:090     
Wisconsin Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 Saves
Matt Jurusik (W, 6-10-5)59:512 169530
Empty Net0:090     

MADISON, Wisc. - The Alaska Nanooks hockey team faced their second loss of the weekend, falling 5-2 to the University of Wisconsin Badgers on Saturday evening at the Kohl Center in Madison. The Nanooks third loss in a row drops them to an overall record of 7-15-4 (5-11-4 WCHA), while the Badgers improve to 7-12-6 overall (1-7-2 Big Ten).

Backed by a stellar performance by junior goaltender Davis Jones, the Nanooks only gave up one goal in 40 minutes of play. Jones made 29 saves on the night, while Wisconsin's freshman goaltender Matt Jurusik made 30. The Nanooks were barely edged in shots for the second night in a row (34-32), while going 0-for-3 on power play opportunities. The Badgers were able to capitalize on the man advantage, going 2-for-3 on the power play.

Like Friday's contest, the Badgers put themselves on the board first, taking a 1-0 lead 4:25 into the first period. Freshman Seamus Malone was coming into the Nanook defensive zone with speed, drawing the Alaska defenders towards him by the face-off dot. Malone made a quick backhand pass across the house to fellow-freshman forward Will Johnson, who one-timed it backdoor to give the Badgers the early lead. Adam Rockwood was awarded the secondary assist on Johnson's goal.

Alaska's tenacity was answered at the 12:02 mark of the first period when freshman forward John Mullally tied things up 1-1. Like the prior Wisconsin goal, the Mullally-Erickson-Vieth line was rushing up-ice into the Badger zone with speed. Erickson carried the puck in wide before finding a seam and driving hard to the net, getting a shot on Jurusik off. The Badger goaltender was able to make the initial save but wasn't expecting Mullally to be crashing the net hard backdoor, collecting his third goal of the season.

The second period proved to be a scoreless one for both teams, as the teams remained tied 1-1 through 40 minutes of play. Emotions ran high and frustration sat in for the Badgers and the Nanooks, as nine different minor penalties were assessed between both teams. Edging the Badgers in shots on goal through the first period (17-12), the Nanooks fell behind in shots on goal in the second 11-9.

Unfortunately, the third period turned out to be the deciding factor for the Nanooks, as the Badgers were able to net four goals in the final 20 minutes, including one 50 seconds into the third. Wisconsin's Luke Kunin gave the Badgers a 2-1 edge over the Nanooks capitalizing on a Wisconsin power play. Tim Davidson was running the top of the umbrella before kicking the puck down to Rockwood on the half-wall. Rockwood rifled a pass cross-ice, hitting Kunin on a backdoor tip-in.

Two minutes later, the Nanooks answered back when sophomore forward Austin Vieth scored his first goal of the season to make it 2-2. Mullally caused a neutral zone turnover for the Badgers, sending himself on a breakaway on Jurusik. Mullally's shot bounced off the glass behind the net and landed right back in front of the Badger goaltender. Vieth was following up the play and shot the puck short-side on Jurusik to even things up.

The tie didn't last for long, however, as the Badgers score three more goals before the end of the game to defeat the Nanooks for the second night in a row. Jake Linhart, Cameron Hughes and Matthew Freytag all notched goals, including one on the power play, to give the Badgers the non-conference series sweep at home.

The Alaska Nanooks hockey team returns home for a two-game Western Collegiate Hockey Association series against the Ferris State Bulldogs Friday, Feb. 5 and Saturday, Feb. 6 at the Carlson Center. Puck-drop is slated for 7:07 p.m. AST. For more information on the Alaska Nanooks hockey team, follow @NanooksHockey on Twitter or like the Alaska Nanooks Hockey page on Facebook.