This week in UAF sports – Feb. 14, 2012

Fernanda Chamorro/Sun Star Reporter
Feb. 14, 2012

Hockey:

The Lake Superior State Lakers won 4-2 on Feb. 10, against the Alaska Nanooks at the Carlson Center. Junior forward Andy Taranto scored during a power play in the first period. Seconds later, Kyle Jean tied the game. With assistance from Jean and Zach Trotman, Laker Nick McParland scored a second goal.

Within seconds of the third period, it seemed like UAF was going to catch up as Nik Yaremchuk made the score 3-2 during a power play, but continuous penalties to senior forward Justin Filzen and Aaron Gens cost the Nanooks the game.. Kyle Haines scored during a powerplay, making it 4-2. UAF senior goalie Scott Greenham made 27 saves, but it did not help the team.

At the Feb. 11 game, the Nanooks beat the Lakers 3-2 thanks to a late third period score by junior rightwing Andy Taranto. Starting the second period, both Kunyk and senior forward Ron Meyers received penalties in the same minute, giving the Lakers a five-to-three advantage and earning them a power play point by defenseman Zach Trotman. In the third period, Taranto made the score 3-2 with the game-winning goal.

The Nanooks will be in East Lansing, Michigan next weekend playing Michigan State.

Men’s basketball:

The Nanooks lost both away games, one on Feb. 9 versus the Simon Fraser University Clan and the other on Feb. 11 against the Western Washington Vikings in Great Northwest Athletic Conference men’s basketball.

On Feb. 9, UAF lost 79-71 despite junior Dominique Brinson’s career-high 30 points at the SFU West Gym.

The Clan made several free throws, breaking the tie and winning the game. The Nanooks made 11 out of 14 free throws compared to the Clan making it to the free throw line 28 times. Jordan Sergent, who made the last throws for SFU, had a team-high 24 points and eight rebounds and converted 10 of 11 free throws. Justin Brown followed with 18 points shooting 9 for 9 from the line.

Western Washington won Saturday with a score of 77-72 at the WWU Carver Gymnasium. UAF junior Dominique Brinson took the lead with 17 points for the Nanooks and sophomore Sergei Pucar followed closely behind with 15 points. Rory Blanche’s free-throws broke the tie while Richard Woodworth and Paul Jones both made three-pointers, providing the Vikings with a lead. The Vikings missed only two free throw attempts.

On Feb. 16, the Nanooks will return home to play Western Oregon University in the first of their final three regular-season home games at the Patty Center.

Swimming:

Freshman Margot Adams won the 100 meter butterfly with a varsity record time of 55.38″ at the Splash! La Mirada Regional Aquatic Center at the Pacific Collegiate Swim and Dive Conference Championships (PCSC) on Feb. 10. She also won the preliminary race with a time of 56.08″. Sophomore Bente Heller was runner-up in the 200 meter freestyle at 1:51:82. The Nanooks moved up to fifth place among the teams, holding 465 points.

Nanooks finished in fourth place in the team standings at the 2012 PCSC Championship finals with 679 points on Saturday. UC San Diego took first place in the team standings with 1663.5 points. The Nanooks were less than a second away from winning the 400 freestyle relay, which was the final event. Heller and sophomore Ashley Crowe made it in the top 10.

Nanooks now await details on who will move on to the NCAA Division II National Swimming Championships March 14-17 in Mansfield, Texas.

 Skiing:

Nanook junior Tyler Kornfield took first place in the men’s 20K classic starting race on Feb.11, making it his first individual conference championship title. He completed the relay in 1:02:36 at the Central Collegiate Ski Association Championships. Freshman Ludwig Schott took seventh and junior Ian Wilkinson placed eighth behind him. Nanooks were 84-81 with the Northern Michigan Wildcats in the team standings.

The Nanook women took third place with 70 points, behind the Wildcats and Michigan Tech. Sophomore Raphaela Sieber came in first for the Nanook women and fourth in the race with a time of 59:05. Sophomore Heather Edic placed ninth.

Men are in first place and women in second in the team standings for the conference title race.

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