Nanook hockey wins one, looses one against Ohio State last weekend

Erin McGroarty/Sun Star Reporter
February 12, 2013

Men’s Skiing

Saturday, Feb. 2 went well for the Alaska Nanook Men’s Ski team and Sunday followed suit. Senior Art student Ian Wilkinson, junior Engineering student Lars Arneson and sophomore Chemistry student Andrew Arnold made up the Nanook’s team for the three leg, 10 kilometer relay race. The team took fourth place in this race with an overall time of 1:10:45.4. A mixed relay team that competed that day in the relay was made up of sophomore Biology student, Wyatt Mayo, freshman biology student Kenneth Brewer, and Northern Michigan University’s Ken Hugus. This team finished in ninth place with a time of 1:13:07.5. The points gained by these two teams pushed the Nanooks into fifth place for the weekends competition as a whole.

Women’s Skiing

The Alaska Nanook Women’s Ski team took second place in the three leg, triple lap, five kilometer relay on Sunday, Feb 3. This was the second and final day of competition at the Al Quall Cross Country Ski Trails in Michigan for the Central Collegiate Ski Association Championships. This team, made up of senior Psychology student Marit Rjabov, sophomore Music student Heidi O’Connor-Brook and freshman, Julia Ebner, finished in 39:53.1. The Nanooks scored 69 points on Sunday. The score helped them win second place overall in the two-day competition.

Men’s Basketball

A solid week of two victories was welcomed by the Alaska Nanook Men’s Basketball game. The team played against Western Oregon University on Feb. 7, winning 80-77. The game was a part of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

“I’m proud of the guys” said Head Coach Mick Durham, “We hung in there with our defense and once we took the lead, you could tell our guys had been there before and knew how to win it.”

The Nanooks played on Saturday, Feb. 9, against Saint Martin’s University in Lacey, WA, winning with a close score of 68-67. This was the team’s first victory against SAU since 2005. Junior centerman, Sergej Pucar, lead the team to a strong victory, scoring all 10 of the team’s closing points in the last two minutes of the game. The Alaska Nanooks will be playing against the Alaska Anchorage Sea Wolves, in the Wells Fargo Sports Complex in Anchorage on Saturday, Feb. 16.

Women’s Basketball

The Montana State Billings Yellowjackets brought their game to the table on Thursday, Feb. 7, against the Alaska Nanook Women’s Basketball game in the Patty Center. Sophomore guard and communications student, Kelly Logue, scored a game high of 13 points but that was not enough to bring the Nanooks to a victory. The final score on Thursday was 70-50. To continue a tough weekend, the Nanooks lost to Seattle Pacific 87-71 on Saturday, Feb. 9. Sophomore guard Benissa Bulaya scored a career high of 18 points and Ruth O’Neal scored a career high of 17 points, with 10 rebounds and four steals. The Lady Nanooks will be playing Northwest Nazarene and Central Washington this week on Thursday and Saturday.

Men’s Ice Hockey

Colton Beck, junior left wing of the Alaska Nanook Hockey team led his team to a strong victory against the Ohio State Buckeyes on Friday, Feb. 8 at the Carlson Center. The final score of the game was 6-1. Because of his performance during the game, Beck was named Perani Cup first star. The Nanooks were not as lucky on Saturday night, losing 3-1 against the Buckeyes. The game went to Ohio State due to the 2 last minute goals scored in the third period of the game. Senior right wing, Andy Taranto, scored the Nanooks single goal that evening. The Nanooks will hit the road next to compete against the Lake Superior State Lakers in Saul Saint Marie, Michigan.

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