|1st||10:38||LSS||1-0||EV||Gus Correale (5)||Diego Cuglietta/10, Brayden Gelsinger/10|
|2nd||0:24||AKF||1-1||EV||Tyler Cline (2)||Justin Woods/6, Tayler Munson/7|
|2nd||1:19||AKF||2-1||EV||Colton Leiter (7)||Kylar Hope/1, Nikolas Koberstein/4|
|3rd||4:02||AKF||3-1||EV GW||Ryker Leer (3)||Josh Erickson/4, John Mullally/5|
|3rd||8:12||AKF||4-1||EV||Marcus Basara (9)||Danny Kiraly/6, Justin Woods/7|
|3rd||9:50||LSS||2-4||EV||Bryan Basilico (2)||Collin Saccoman/11, Nick Kossoff/1|
|Lake Superior State||1||0||1||2|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Lake Superior State||8||7||8||23|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Lake Superior State (11-15-5)||0/4||19/71||0|
|Lake Superior State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Gordon Defiel (L, 11-13-5)||48:05||4||7||15||3||25|
|Davis Jones (W, 5-9-2)||60:00||2||7||7||7||21|
FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The Alaska Nanooks hockey team used a strong second and third period to earn a huge WCHA victory over Lake Superior State, 4-2 at the Carlson Center on Friday.
Lake Superior State (11-15-5, 8-12-5 WCHA) got the scoring started midway through the first period off an Alaska (10-18-3, 9-13-3 WCHA) turnover. Brayden Gelsinger collected the puck and passed it across the slot to Diego Cuglietta. Cuglietta found a crashing Gus Correale for the early lead.
The Nanooks began to find their stride in the final three minutes of the first period. Josh Erickson found himself left alone in front for a couple of chances on Lakers' goaltender Gordon Defiel. Defiel (11-13-5) stopped both opportunities at point-blank range.
Alaska found the scoreboard quickly in the second period, scoring 24 seconds into the frame. Tyler Cline came streaking into the Lake Superior zone and scored his second goal of the season. The Nanooks grabbed the lead only 55 seconds later when freshman Kylar Hope connected on a one-timer with Colton Leiter in the slot. Hope's assist gave him his first collegiate point.
UAF finished the game outshooting Lake Superior 35-22, including a 17-7 edge in that second period.
The third period continued in similar fashion in Alaska's favor. Josh Erickson threw a back-handed shot at the net that bounced back into the slot. Ryker Leer fired the loose puck home for his third goal of the season four minutes into the final stanza.
Marcus Basara completed UAF's four-goal run when he scored his ninth goal of the season four minutes later on another rebound, while falling down. Goalie Nick Kossoff was then called upon to replace Defiel in the net. Kossoff stopped all six shots he faced.
Bryan Bascilico cut the lead to 4-2 midway through the period, beating goaltender Davis Jones for the final time of the night. Jones (5-9-2) stopped 20 of the 22 shots he faced.
The game ended with numerous roughing and facemasking penalties. 115 penalty minutes were called after the final whistle. A final box score and link to statistics will be posted on Saturday as a result.
Alaska, with its victory and three points, now sits in sixth-place and is three points ahead of ninth-place Alabama-Huntsville for a WCHA postseason spot.
The Nanooks have three games left on their schedule in the regular season and wrap up their home slate against the same Lake Superior State, Saturday night at 7:07 p.m. Four Nanook seniors - Marcus Basara, Josh Erickson, Davis Jones and Brandon Morley - will be recognized before the game.