|2nd||6:00||AKF||1-0||PP||Colton Leiter (4)||Zach Frye/8|
|2nd||15:41||AKF||2-0||SH GW||Ryker Leer (2)||Josh Erickson/3, Zach Frye/9|
|3rd||7:40||AKF||3-0||PP||Troy Van Tetering (5)||Nick Hinz/3, Marcus Basara/8|
|3rd||14:57||AKA||1-3||PP||Tanner Johnson (1)||Matt Anholt/7, Tad Kozun/4|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Alaska Anchorage (3-13-2)||1/8||10/20||0|
|Alaska Anchorage Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Olivier Mantha (L, 3-11-2)||57:13||3||10||9||8||27|
|Jesse Jenks (W, 4-7-1)||59:47||1||12||3||11||26|
FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Special teams proved the be the difference maker on Saturday night, as the Alaska Nanooks hockey team responded with a 3-1 victory over in-state rival Alaska Anchorage in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association contest at the Carlson Center. The matchup, which also counted toward the Alaska Airlines Governor's Cup, improves the Nanooks' overall record to 5-11-2 overall and 4-8-2-2 in WCHA play, while the Seawolves drop to 3-12-2 overall, 2-8-2-1 in conference play.
The win ties the Alaska Airlines Governor's Cup series 1-1, as each team walks away from the Carlson Center with three WCHA points on the weekend.
As a team, the Nooks scored two power play goals and one shorthanded goal to defeat their in-state rival on Saturday, going 2-7 on power play opportunities, while the Seawolves went 1-9.
After a scoreless first period, freshman forward Colton Leiter lit the lamp on the man-advantage, scoring at the six minute mark of the second period. Junior defenseman Zach Frye broke up a play in the neutral zone and dished the puck off to Leiter, who brought the puck in the Seawolf zone and rifled a shot from the top of the circle to make it 1-0 Nooks. Frye was awarded the lone assist.
Nine minutes later (15:40) sophomore forward Ryker Leer tallied a shorthanded goal to make it 2-0 Nanooks with assists given to senior forward Josh Erickson and Frye. After the Nooks were able to break it out of their own defensive zone off of a face-off play, Erickson and Leer found themselves on a 2-on-1 rush going the other way. The Seawolf defenseman laid down on the ice to take away the pass to Erickson, but Leer fired off a far-side snipe to give Alaska a two-goal lead.
At the 7:40 mark of the third period, freshman forward Troy Van Tetering scored on the power play to make it 3-0 Nanooks. Senior forward Marcus Basara dished the puck across the slot in the offensive zone to junior defenseman Nick Hinz for a backdoor play. UAA goaltender Olivier Mantha made an across-the-crease save to stop Hinz's shot but the rebounded ended up directly on Van Tetering's stick for the goal in his second-straight game.
Late in the third period, UAA's Tanner Johnson pulled the Seawolves to within two goals when he scored on the power play at the 14:57 mark. Johnson's goal was assisted by Matt Anholt and Tad Kozun.
As a team the Nooks outshot their opponent for the second-straight night 30-27, as sophomore goaltender Jesse Jenks collected 26 saves on the night while Mantha registered 27.
The Alaska Nanooks hockey team continues their homestead next weekend, by taking on the Bowling Green Falcons in a two-game WCHA series at the Carlson Center Friday, Dec. 16 and Saturday, Dec. 17. Puck-drop is slated both nights at 7:07pm AKST.