Alaska Nanooks have tough week at home and on the road, Hockey lifts spirits with Northern Michigan victory

Erin McGroarty/Sun Star Reporter
January 29, 2013

Players celebrate after UAF Freshman Colton Parayko, middle, finds an empty Northern Michigan WIldcats net during an extended 5 on 3 power play in the second period. Parayko was awarded the second star with a goal and two assists. Jan. 26, 2013. Robin Wood/Sun Star

Players celebrate after UAF Freshman Colton Parayko, middle, finds an empty Northern Michigan WIldcats net during an extended 5-on-3 power play in the second period. Parayko was awarded the second star with a goal and two assists. Jan. 26, 2013. Robin Wood/Sun Star

Men’s Rifle

The Alaska Nanook Men’s and Women’s Rifle team competed at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, and Monday, Jan. 21, against the Texas Christian Horned Frogs. This competition was made up of two smallbore relays and two air rifle relays. While the Nanooks beat TCU in smallbore on Saturday, both days of competition ended in a tournament loss of 4657-4692. This is the Nanooks second home loss this season. The Nanook Rifle team will be competing next at Texas El Paso University on Feb. 14.

Women’s Basketball

The Alaska Nanook Women’s Basketball team took a hard beating from Western Oregon on Saturday night, Jan. 26, losing 67-61. This game was part of the Great Northwest Conference, a conference they participate in each spring. Senior guard, Taylor Altengard, majoring in criminal justice, held the game high score of 14 points, also carrying the team with eight rebounds, five assists and two blocks. The Nanook Women’s Basketball team will be competing next at Western Washington University on Jan. 31. 

Men’s Basketball

The Alaska Nanook Men’s basketball team visited Simon Fraser University, in Burnaby, British Columbia and Western Washington University in Bellingham last week. The Nanook Men played their 16th game this season at Simon Fraser on Thursday, Jan. 24, and their 17th game of the season at Western Washington on Saturday, Jan. 26. These  final two games of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference ended in Nanook defeats at both SF, with a score of 68-54, and WW, with a score of 79-66.  At Simon Fraser, Junior forward, Andrew Kelly, led the Nanooks at the beginning of the game with 12 points and 7 rebounds, but to no avail. The Nanook Men’s Basketball team will be returning to Fairbanks to play against Northwest Nazarene University on Jan. 31 in the Patty Center at 7 p.m.  

Women’s Swimming

The Alaska Nanook Women’s Swim team competed on the 25th and 26th of January in their home pool in the Patty Center, losing both times against Simon Fraser University. The Simon Fraser swim team set three pool records on Friday evening, crushing the Nanooks with a score of 124-77, starting the days competition with a quick victory in the 400 medley relay. Saturday followed a similar suit, with the Nanooks losing score of 124-71 and Simon Fraser setting two more pool records that day. The Nanook Women’s Swim team will compete next at the Pacific Collegiate Swimming and Diving Conference in La Mirada, California on Feb 13.

Men’s Ice Hockey

The Alaska Nanook Men’s Hockey team had a successful weekend, winning both games on Friday and Saturday evening against the Northern Michigan University Wildcats. Saturday’s game began with a rocky first period, the Nanooks being held down 0-1, until a few minutes into the second period. The Nanook score quickly rose to a comfortable winning score of 4-2 by the end of the third period. The winning score on Friday was 2-1. These two much-needed victories followed a long lasting 16 game losing streak for the Nanooks. The Nanook Men’s Hockey team will compete next on Feb. 1 against Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. 

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