Nooks crush Ooks in season opener
Fernanda Chamorro / Sun Star Reporter
Oct. 4, 2011
The University of Alaska Fairbanks Nanooks won their exhibition contest against the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) Ooks 8-0 at the Carlson Center on Oct.1.
On Saturday, almost 2,000 people attended the game, including a group of students dressed as bananas known as “The Bananooks.”
All of the Nanooks got an opportunity to play, including the nine new freshmen. In the first period, four different players netted five goals with junior leftwing Chad Gehon scoring two.
Freshman goaltender Sean Cahill made seven saves for his team, the most out of the three goalkeepers for the night.
There is a lot to be learned this year, assistant coach Brian Meisner said, but he seems to have a good team that is off to a good start.
“As a freshman, you know, [it was Cahill’s] first time on the big sheet there in front of the home crowd. I thought he did a really nice job and he seemed like he was really calm and composed in the net,” Meisner said. “We responded really well to that in the third period and he made a couple saves then all of a sudden we got our offense going and we got our feet moving and good things happened,” he said.
Colton Beck, sophomore leftwing, was the star of the night. He scored two goals, including the one that won the game. He also assisted another goal.
NAIT lost a game to Alaska Anchorage 7-2 in Wasilla the night before facing off the Nanooks. NAIT’s goalkeeper Shannon Szabados played well, making 34 saves in the game against the Nanooks. UAF made a total of 42 shots versus NAIT’s 17 shots, which were all blocked.
The first opening game of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association tournament will be Friday Oct. 7 at 5:07 p.m. between the Nanooks and the St. Cloud State Huskies during the Kendall Hockey Classic at the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage. On Saturday, Oct. 8, they play Clarkson University of the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference at 4:07 p.m.
“Friday and Saturday are going to be big challenges, but we’re ready to take them,’’ team captain Ron Meyers said.
The Nanooks will be back in town to kick off their first home game with the fourth annual Brice Alaska Goal Rush on Oct. 14 and 15 at the Carlson Center.