Hockey clinches a playoff spot; Womens basketball loses final two games of season

Kurtis Gosney/Sun Star Reporter

Mar. 4, 2014

Hockey

Freshman defenseman and Justice student Justin Woods sends a Ferris State opponent into the boards. Kurtis Gosney/Sun Star

Freshman defenseman and Justice student Justin Woods sends a Ferris State opponent into the boards. Kurtis Gosney/Sun Star

The Nanooks get themselves ready for their game against Ferris State. Kurtis Gosney/Sun Star

The Nanooks get themselves ready for their game against Ferris State. Kurtis Gosney/Sun Star

Last Friday and Saturday, the Alaska Nanooks Men’s Hockey team hosted the Ferris State Bulldogs, who were sitting in first place in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. The Nanooks won both games, getting their third sweep in a row and sixth straight win.

The Nanooks won Friday’s face-off, 4-1. Senior left wing and Business Administration student Colton Beck scored the game’s first goal only 34 seconds into the first period, putting the Nanooks up 1-0. The Nanooks scored two more goals in the second period, courtesy of sophomore right wing Nolan Huysmans and sophomore center Tyler Morley who are both Business Administration students. The Nanooks had a 3-1 lead at the end of the second period. Junior left wing Garrick Perry, who is a Communication student, scored the game’s final goal midway through the third period to give the Nanooks a 4-1 lead and the victory. Junior goaltender and Business Administration student Sean Cahill finished the game with 26 saves.

The Nanooks followed up Friday’s performance with a win on Saturday, 5-3. The Bulldogs started things off with a goal when they had fewer players on the ice than the Nanooks, grabbing an early 1-0 lead. The Nanooks responded with a goal from senior center and Business Administration student Cody Kunyk, tying the game at 1-1. Junior defenseman and Mechanical Engineering student Trevor Campbell scored the next goal for the Nanooks in the second period for a 2-1 lead. The Bulldogs scored a goal of their own about two minutes later to tie the game at 2-2 heading into the third period. The Nanooks scored three more goals in the third period to clinch the game. Senior left wing Colton Beck, freshman left wing Brandon Morley and Perry scored one goal each in the period. Cahill finished the game with 21 saves.

The Nanooks have now clinched a spot in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association playoffs and are in third place in the conference standings. Before this six-game win streak, which began on Jan. 31 against Alabama Huntsville, the Nanooks were in ninth place out of 10 teams in the conference. Assistant coach Corbin Schmidt spoke after the game about his team’s turnaround. “I think it was a belief thing,” Schmidt said. “Everybody kind of bought in and it’s really been since after Christmas. Guys have kind of bought into everything we’ve been preaching. It’s a team game and we’re playing like a team.”

The Nanooks’ next and last series of the regular season will take place this Friday and Saturday as they host the University of Alaska Anchorage Seawolves in the annual Governor’s Cup. The games will take place at the Carlson Center at 7 p.m.

Women’s Basketball

The Alaska Nanooks Women’s Basketball team played its final two games of the season on the road against the Montana State Billings Yellowjackets last Thursday and Seattle Pacific Falcons on Saturday.

The Nanooks lost to the Yellowjackets on Thursday, 104-77.  Seven out of the Yellowjackets’ nine players scored more than 10 points each in this game. Junior forward Kayleen Goggins was the game’s leading scorer with 23 points. Freshman forward and Emergency Management student Kaillee Skjold scored 20 points to lead the Nanooks.

The Nanooks ended their regular season with a loss to the Falcons on Saturday, 69-56. They were up 23-13 at one point in the first half, but the Falcons went on a 12-2 scoring run to tie the game at 25-25. The Falcons grabbed a 35-33 lead at halftime. The Falcons’ largest lead of the game was 69-55 with 1:20 left. Skjold finished the game with 12 points.

The Nanooks end their season with a record of 9-17 overall and 3-15 in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

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