Hockey wins two; women’s basketball splits; men’s basketball loses two

Kurtis Gosney/ Sun Star Reporter

Feb. 14, 2014

Hockey

Senior center and Business Administration student Cody Kunyk faces off against an Alabama-Hunstville opponent./Kurtis Gosney/ Sun Star

Senior center and Business Administration student Cody Kunyk faces off against an Alabama-Hunstville opponent./Kurtis Gosney/ Sun Star

The Alaska Nanook Hockey team hosted the University of Alabama-Huntsville Chargers last Friday and Saturday. The Nanooks won both games with the same score, 6-1.

Freshman left wingman and General Studies student Jared Linnell scored the first goal almost five minutes into the first period, followed by a goal from freshman right wingman and Business Administration student Marcus Basara. Linnell scored another goal in the second period. The next three goals were scored by junior left wingman Garrick Perry, sophomore defenseman Colton Parayko and senior leftwing man Colton Beck. Junior goalie and Business Administration student Sean Cahill finished with 12 saves.

Senior center and Business Administration student Cody Kunyk and junior left wingman and Business Administration student Jared Larson scored two goals each in Saturday’s match-up. Beck and junior left wingman and Petroleum Engineering student Nolan Youngman scored the other two goals. Cahill finished with 13 saves.

The Nanooks now have a 12-12-4 record heading into a bye week, a week with no games. The Nanooks’ next series will be on the road against Michigan Tech on February 14 and 15. This will be the Nanooks’ final series of the season away from Fairbanks.

Men’s Basketball

The Alaska Nanook Men’s basketball team played two games on the road against the Western Washington Vikings last Thursday and Simon Fraser Clan last Saturday.

The Nanooks lost to the Vikings on Thursday, 53-51. Senior forward and Justice student Andrew Kelly led all scorers in the game with 20 points and nine rebounds.

Junior point guard and Communication student Benissa Bulaya lays the ball up towards the basket with the defense on her./Kurtis Gosney/ Sun Star

Junior point guard and Communication student Benissa Bulaya lays the ball up towards the basket with the defense on her./Kurtis Gosney/ Sun Star

The Nanooks lost to the Clan on Saturday as well, 70-60. The Nanooks tied the game in the second half at 58-58, courtesy of a layup by junior guard and Biological Sciences student Anthony Reese. The Clan then went on a 12-2 scoring run to secure the victory. Four Nanook players scored more than 10 points in this game, including Kelly with 14 points.

The Nanooks now have a record of 12-7 overall and 7-4 in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. The Nanooks’ next two games will be this Thursday and Saturday against Montana State-Billings and Seattle Pacific. Both games will take place at the Patty Center at 7 p.m.

Women’s Basketball

The Alaska Nanook Women’s basketball team played two home games against the Northwest Nazarene Crusaders last Thursday and Central Washington Wildcats.

The Nanooks lost Thursday’s matchup 86-81, but not before a little drama. The Nanooks were down 69-59 with just over three minutes left in the game, but were able to cut the deficit to 83-81 with 26 seconds left. The Crusaders scored the next three points to clinch the victory. Freshman forward and Arts & Sciences student Jordan Wilson and freshman guard and Business Administration student Victoria Milton scored 15 points each to lead the Nanooks.

The Wildcats started Saturday’s game with a layup to get an early 2-0 lead, but the Nanooks responded with a three-pointer and never looked back after that. The Nanooks won the game 88-68, improving their record to 9-10 overall and 3-8 in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. Five players finished the game with 10 points or more, including Wilson who finished with 16 points. The Nanooks also shot 50 percent of their points from beyond the three-point arc.

The Nanooks will hit the road this week as they take on the Western Oregon Wolves and Saint Martin’s Saints.

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