Lucchini Pushes Michigan Tech Past Alaska In Overtime, 5-4
Junior forward Jake Lucchini scores at 4:02 of overtime for Huskies

Junior forward Jake Lucchini had the game-winning goal and an assist for the Huskies
Prd Time  Team Score Type Scored By Assists
1st 11:20  AKF1-0 EV Colton Leiter (4)Kylar Hope/7, Justin Woods/3
1st 18:16  AKF2-0 EV Chad Staley (2)Troy Van Tetering/4
2nd 0:45  AKF3-0 EV Tyler Cline (2)Justin Woods/4
2nd 4:16  MTU1-3 EV Alex Smith (2)Todd Kiilunen/1, Brent Baltus/4
2nd 10:43  MTU2-3 EV Brent Baltus (3)Alex Smith/6, Jake Jackson/5
2nd 17:19  MTU3-3 EV Mark Auk (3)Seamus Donohue/3, Raymond Brice/2
3rd 1:07  MTU4-3 PP Mitch Reinke (2)Jake Lucchini/8, Gavin Gould/4
3rd 4:47  AKF4-4 EV Kylar Hope (6)Nikolas Koberstein/4, Zach Frye/7
OT 4:02  MTU5-4 EV GW Jake Lucchini (3)Joel L'Esperance/3, Gavin Gould/5
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd OT Final
Michigan Tech  03115
Alaska  21104
Shots on Goal 1st 2nd 3rd OT SOG
Michigan Tech  7158131
Alaska  16159343
Team Stats and Records  PP PIM SHGF
Michigan Tech (6-6-4)  1/5 5/10 0
Alaska (4-9-2)  0/4 6/12 0
Michigan Tech Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 OT Saves
Patrick Munson (W, 6-5-3)63:494 14148339
Empty Net0:130      
Alaska Goaltending MIN GA 1 2 3 OT Saves
Niko DellaMaggiore (L, 1-1-0)63:515 7127026
Empty Net0:110      

FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The Alaska Nanooks hockey team suffered a 5-4 overtime loss on Friday night, falling to the Michigan Tech University Huskies in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association tilt at the Carlson Center. The Nooks' overall record drops to 4-9-2 and 2-6-1-1 in conference play while the Huskies improve to 6-6-4 on the season and 4-5-4-0 in league contests.

Michigan Tech earns three big WCHA points in the overtime victory, while Alaska is held to zero on the night. At the time of article, MTU jumps to third in the conference standings with 17 points, while Alaska drops down to tie for eighth place with eight points.

"It's pretty disappointing, giving up a three-goal lead like that," head coach Lance West said on Friday. "We need to be managing the puck and making the other team earn it and that's what Michigan Tech did. They got a couple goal and had some jump and then came back at the end. Their last goal was a defensive breakdown by us and we saw some of our guys cheating offensively, trying to go down and get that game-winning goal. There's a lot of ways to spin it but there is no spin. Until we take accountability across the board to play defense, scoring four goals a game isn't good enough."

Alaska sophomore forward Colton Leiter opened the scoring on Friday night, tallying his fourth goal of the season at the 11:20 mark of the first period. Fellow sophomore forward Kylar Hope dished the puck from the half-wall to Leiter, who was alone in the weak part of the slot. Leiter's quick shot gave the Nooks a 1-0 lead and was assisted by Hope and redshirt-senior defenseman Justin Woods.

Junior forward Chad Staley scored his second goal of the season at the 18:16 mark of the first period, netting a rebound from sophomore forward Troy Van Tetering to give the Nooks a 2-0 lead heading into the first intermission.

Alaska's momentum carried into the second period, as sophomore forward Tyler Cline joined the party to make it 3-0 only 45 seconds into the second stanza. In 4-on-4 play, Woods found himself in the offensive zone corner tracking down a loose puck before kicking it to Cline, who was alone at the top of the circle. Cline ripped a shot past Michigan Tech goalie Packy Munson to extend the Nooks' lead. Woods ended the night with his second multi-point game of the season.

Unfortunately for the Nanooks, Tech responded with three unanswered goals before the second period concluded, including three even-strength tallies to tie things up 3-3 heading into the second intermission. The Huskies' Alex Smith, Brent Baltus and Mark Auk each contributed to Michigan Tech's comeback.

Tech officially took the lead at the 1:07 mark of the third period, as Mitch Reinke netted a power play goal to make it 4-3 in favor of the visiting team.

Alaska responded three minutes later, tying the game at 4-4 with an even-strength goal from Hope for his sixth of the season. Junior defenseman Nikolas Koberstein let a wristshot go from the point that went off of Hope for his second point of the game. Senior defenseman Zach Frye was awarded the secondary assist on Hope's goal, as the Lashburn, Saskatchewan native is now on a four-game point streak.

After 60 minutes of regulation, both the Nanooks and the Huskies found themselves at a stalemate, forcing overtime. Despite outshooting Tech 3-1 in the five-minute 5-on-5 fourth period, a scrum at the Alaska blueline caused a defensive breakdown leaving MTU's Jake Lucchini alone in front of Alaska sophomore goaltender Niko DellaMaggiore. Lucchini shot low blocker side to beat DellaMaggiore and earn the game-winning goal in overtime.

On the night, Alaska outshot their opponent 43-31 with DellaMaggiore collecting a career-high 26 saves, while MTU's Munson tallied 39. Tech was able to capitalize on the man-advantage going 1-for-5 in the special teams battle, while Alaska went 0-for-4 on the power play.

"Going into tomorrow, we need to have a commitment in the defensive end and we need to be willing to work as hard on our backcheck as we are on our forecheck," West concluded. "We can blame the power play, and its part of it, but giving up five goals isn't okay. We have to have that commitment as a group and as a staff to do a better job there."

The Alaska Nanooks hockey team will face the Michigan Tech Huskies once again tomorrow (Saturday, Nov. 25) in another WCHA matchup at the Carlson Center. Kids 8th grade and under will get in free with the purchase of an adult ticket with puck-drop slated for 7:07pm AKST.

The Nanooks will also be hosting coloring with Santa and Nook in the Pioneer Room of the Carlson Center when doors open at 6pm AKST. The Alaska Nanooks Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is also hosting their annual Teddy Bear Toss throughout Saturday's game, encouraging fans to bring new or slightly used stuffed animals to be thrown onto the ice after Alaska's first goal of the night. The stuffed animals will be donated to Santa's Helpers and will be distributed to families throughout the area during the holiday season. And last but not least, the Alaska Nanooks will be hosting a Skate with the Nanooks event directly following Saturday's game.