Hockey pulls off comeback against UAA; Skiing wins second straight Alaska Nordic Cup

Kurtis Gosney/Sun Star Reporter
Dec. 10, 2013

Hockey

The UAF Hockey team played two away games against the University of Alaska Anchorage Seawolves last Friday and Saturday in the first two games of the annual UAA-UAF Governor’s Cup.

Freshman right wingman and Business Administration student Marcus Basara scored the first goal of Friday’s game only 15 seconds in, earning him his seventh goal of the season. The Seawolves gained a 2-1 lead five minutes into the second half courtesy of a power-play goal from junior defense-man Austin Coldwell.  Seawolves junior forward Brett Cameron scored the game-winning goal making the final score 3-2.

The Nanooks scored three goals in the third period, winning Saturday’s game 5-4. The Nanooks had a 2-0 lead in the first period courtesy of a power-play goal from senior left wingman and Business Administration student Colton Beck and the other by sophomore right wingman Alec Hajdukovich. The Seawolves responded by scoring four goals over the next two periods,  gaining a 4-2 lead in the third period.

Basara scored the Nanooks’ third goal of the game, cutting UAA’s lead to 4-3. Beck scored the next goal for the Nanooks, tying the score. Then, senior center and Business Administration student Cody Kunyk scored the Nanooks’ fifth and game-winning goal for the Nanooks with under three minutes left. Junior goalie and Business Administration student Sean Cahill finished with 29 saves. This win broke the Nanooks five-game losing streak. Next Friday and Saturday, the Nanooks will travel to Bemidji, Minnesota to take on the Bemidji State University Beavers. This will be the final series for the Nanooks before a two-week break.

Skiing

The UAF Men’s and Women’s Ski teams traveled to Anchorage for the annual Nordic Cup against the Seawolves, which took place last Saturday and Sunday. The Nanooks beat the Seawolves on both days earning the Cup victory for the second year in a row. Sophomore Mechanical Engineering student Michael Fehrenbach finished in first place for the Nanooks’ men’s team in Friday’s 10-kilometer race. Freshman Elementary Education student Nichole Bathe finished in first for the women’s team in their five-kilometer race.

The Nanooks won the mixed-gender relay race on Saturday, led by the team of junior Foreign Language and Geological Engineering student Alyson McPhetres, Bathe, Fehrenbach and junior Mechanical Engineering student Logan Hanneman.

The Nanooks will travel to Midway, Utah on Saturday, Jan. 4 and Sunday, Jan. 5 to compete in the U.S. National Championships.

Men’s Basketball

The UAF Men’s Basketball team played one away game at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex in Anchorage against the Seawolves last Saturday. This was the opening Great Northwest Athletic Conference game of the season for both teams. 

The Nanooks led until 11 minutes and 19 seconds into the first half when senior forward, and Justice student Andrew Kelly scored a two-point basket to give the Nanooks a 23-21 lead. The Seawolves then scored a three-pointer to take a 24-23 lead with 10:22 left.  UAA’s largest lead of the game was 93-68 with two minutes left in the second half, which helped the Seawolves earn a 96-76 victory.

Five Nanook players finished with 10 points or more. Senior guard and Communication student Ronnie Baker led the Nanooks in scoring with 21 points. Kelly added 12 points along with eight rebounds.

On Thursday, Dec. 19, the Nanooks will host the Northland International University Pioneers at 6 p.m. in the Patty Center.

Women’s Basketball

The UAF Women’s Basketball team played two home games last Thursday and Saturday against the Seattle Pacific University Falcons and Montana State University-Billings Yellowjackets in the Nanooks’ first two Great Athletic Northwest Conference contests of the season.

The Nanooks had a close game with the Falcons Thursday night, ending with a 71-68 score. The Falcons’ largest lead of the game was 52-41 with a little over 10 minutes left in the game. The Nanooks slowly chipped away at that lead, cutting the deficit to as low as two points. Freshman forward and Arts and Sciences student Jordan Wilson finished the game with 25 points to lead the Nanooks.

The Nanooks lost Saturday’s game against the Yellowjackets by a score of 83-46. The Nanooks had a 3-0 lead to start the game, courtesy of junior guard and Communication student Benissa Bulaya. The Yellowjackets quickly erased that lead. The score at halftime was 37-27 in favor of MSUB, who were picked to finish first in the GNAC this year. The Yellowjackets’ biggest lead of the game was the final score. Wilson scored 10 points to lead the Nanooks.

The Nanooks will not play another game until Jan. 2 due to a four-week break.

Swimming

The UAF Swimming team competed in the 65th annual Husky Invitational last Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Federal Way, Washington. The Nanooks took fourth place on Friday and were led by junior Political Science student Margot Adams who broke a Nanook school record in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of two minutes and 5.52 seconds. Senior Psychology student Bente Heller won both the preliminary and final 100-yard backstroke events on Saturday and helped her team win the 200-yard medley relay.

Freshman Accounting student Victoria Adams, sophomore Fisheries student Eileen Audette and Margot Adams were the other swimmers on Heller’s team. The Nanooks finished in fifth place overall. With those two wins, Heller secured a spot in the 2014 Division II National Championships, which will take place on March 12 in Geneva, Ohio. Victoria Adams set another Nanook school record on Sunday in the 200-yard backstroke event, finishing in two minutes and 3.56 seconds.

The Nanooks have a month off for the holidays and return to action on Jan. 4.

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