|1st||2:20||FSU||1-0||PP||Mitch Maloney (13)||Ryker Killins/12, Corey Mackin/13|
|1st||5:18||AKF||1-1||PP||Tayler Munson (4)||Chad Staley/9, Zach Frye/15|
|1st||16:55||FSU||2-1||PP||Nate Kallen (5)||Joe Rutkowski/9, Coale Norris/8|
|2nd||4:12||AKF||2-2||EV||Zach Frye (8)||Chad Staley/10, Nick Hinz/6|
|2nd||13:54||AKF||3-2||EV GW||Tayler Munson (5)||Steven Jandric/16, Kylar Hope/11|
|3rd||8:21||AKF||4-2||EV||Tyler Cline (8)||Zach Frye/16, Troy Van Tetering/8|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Ferris State (12-18-1)||2/2||9/18||0|
|Ferris State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Darren Smith (L, 6-8-1)||58:39||4||13||4||7||24|
|Anton Martinsson (W, 9-13-2)||59:41||2||12||9||2||23|
FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Senior forward Tayler Munson scored twice and senior defenseman Zach Frye collected three points as the Alaska Nanooks hockey team rolled to a 4-2 Western Collegiate Hockey Association victory at the Carlson Center on Friday night. The win improves Alaska's overall record to 10-15-2 and 8-12-1-1 in conference play, while the Bulldogs drop to 12-18-2 on the season and 9-13-1-0 in league games.
"Usually I come to the press conference when we lose, but I wanted to come here tonight and send the message that I appreciated the effort tonight and these guys have worked hard all year," head coach Lance West said on Friday. "It was a really great team effort tonight, obviously our penalty kill wasn't very good, but the rest of the game the remainder of the night was great. I really liked how we clamped down defensively in the third period by blocking shots and we also did a lot better in the neutral zone by controlling their speed. We didn't give them a lot of opportunities once we had the lead, which is a really big step for us."
Alaska's win on Friday gives the Nooks three crucial WCHA points, totaling 26 to remain in eighth place in the league standings. The Nanooks are closing the gap on Alabama-Huntsville, who sits in seventh place with 27 points, and their weekend opponent Ferris State, who has possession of sixth place with 28 points.
A trio of Nooks tallied multi-point games against the Bulldogs on Friday, as Munson netted two goals, junior forward Chad Staley added two assists and Frye chipped in one goal and two assists. Frye has now collected 11 points (five goals, six assists) in Alaska's last seven contests.
Ferris State opened up the scoring on Friday night with a power play tally, as Mitch Maloney scored only 2:20 into the first period to give the visitors a 1-0 lead. Maloney tipped in a shot from the point for his 13th goal of the season and was assisted by Ryker Killins and Corey Mackin.
The Nanooks responded quickly, as Munson scored a power play goal of his own at the 5:18 mark of the first period to tie the game at 1-1. Like his opponent, Munson tipped in a shot from the point for his third goal of the season. Munson's first power play goal of the season was assisted by Staley and Frye.
However, the Bulldogs took a 2-1 lead into the first intermission, as FSU's Nate Kallen registered a power play goal at the 16:55 mark. Kallen netted a backdoor play on the man-advantage with a feed from Joe Rutkowski and Coale Norris.
Alaska stormed back in the second stanza, as Frye tied the game with an even-strength tally at the 4:12 mark. Frye rushed the puck up-ice himself before rifling a wristshot past FSU goaltender Darren Smith for his eighth goal of the season. Staley was awarded the primary assist for his second apple of the night, while senior defenseman Nick Hinz collected his sixth assist of the season.
Munson posted his second goal of the game and the eventual game-winner at the 13:54 mark to give the Nooks their first lead of the game to make it 3-2. In the offensive zone, rookie forward Steven Jandric made a chip-play in the corner past the FSU defenders to Munson, who was alone in the slot. Munson made a quick move past Smith before going backhand, upstairs for his fourth goal of the season. Jandric registered his 16th assist of the season on Munson's goal, while sophomore forward Kylar Hope was awarded the secondary.
The Nooks sealed the victory when sophomore forward Tyler Cline scored an even-strength goal at the 8:21 mark to make it 4-2. Frye sent a stretch-pass to Cline in the neutral zone, sending the Blaine, Minnesota native on a breakaway. Cline was able to make a move past Smith before also going backhand for his eighth goal of the season. Cline is currently riding a four-game goal streak and his goal against Ferris on Friday was assisted by Frye and sophomore forward Troy Van Tetering.
In net, Alaska sophomore goaltender Anton Martinsson collected 23 saves on the night, including 12 in the first period. On the other end of the ice, FSU's Smith registered 24 saves against the Nanooks. Alaska outshot their opponent 28-25 in Friday's conference tilt.
The Alaska Nanooks will face the Ferris State Bulldogs again tomorrow (Saturday, Feb. 3) in another WCHA matchup at the Carlson Center at 7:07pm AKST. All general admission tickets are $5 and there will be a Skate with the Nanooks and cookie social, hosted by the Face-Off Club, directly following the game.