Nanooks scorch opponents on the ice, but Seawolves take trophy

At the last game of the 2011 Brice Alaska Goal Rush Hockey Tournement, UNO team members line up at center rink during the beginning game introductions, on the evening of Saturday, Oct. 15. Erin McGroarty/ Sun Star

Erin McGroarty/ Sun Star Reporter
Oct. 18, 2011

Nearly two thousand  people from Fairbanks, Anchorage, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania poured into the Carlson Center for the last game of the 2011 Brice Alaska Goal Rush Hockey Tournament Oct. 14. However, Nanook fans were tense, as there needed to be a victory of at least 5-0 in order to win the tournament against the Seawolves, and continue the winning streak that had been held for the past two years.

This tournament has been traditionally hosted by the UAF Nanooks, inviting the Seawolves and two teams from the Lower 48 to the Carlson Center for two nights of loud, intense and edge-of-your-seat collegiate hockey. This year, the Nanooks hosted the UAA Seawolves from Anchorage, the Mercyherst Lakers from Pennsylvania and the UNO Mavericks from Omaha, Nebraska. There were two games held the night of Friday, Oct. 14.

The first game, which started at approximately 5p.m., was between the UAA Seawolves and the UNO Mavericks. While each team played strongly throughout the three periods, the University of Alaska Anchorage took the cake, winning the game with a solid 3-0. The second game of the tournament played at 8p.m. that night between the UAF Nanooks and the Mercyhurst Lakers. The Nanooks left the game with a victory, winning 5-2.

A first year rookie, Garrick Perry started the scoring 3 minutes and 43 seconds into the game. The rest of the team followed, with two goals scored by junior Nik Yaremchuck, a goal by senior Carlo Fenucci and a goal by sophomore Cody Kunyk. Junior goalie Steve Thompson also  turned away 21 shots throughout the game.

The competition started off at 4 p.m. on the afternoon of Saturday, Oct. 15, with a game between the UAA Seawolves and the Mercyhurst lakers. The Seawolves took the game in stride, winning by 4 points, 6-2, and putting the competitive pressure on the Nanooks, with both teams striving for the trophy in the end.

Nanook player Justin Tateson (#39) during an Oct. 15 hame against the Mercyhurst Lakers. Photo provided by Baptiste Haentjens.

The real heat came in the last game, between the UAF Nanooks and the Nebraska Omaha Mavericks, held that night at 7 p.m.

The Nanooks won the final game by 3 points, 4-1, owing credit to sophomore Colton Beck, who made two of those goals, Nik Yaremchuk, who scored a point in the second period, and Nolan Youngmun, who scored a point in the last period of the game. After a break from goalie, Scott Greenham made 31 saves in the game, only letting in one goal. 

“I was really happy with the way we played tonight,” junior defenseman Kaare Odegard said post-game Saturday night. “We made quick efficient passes, got the puck away from the goal, and played really well.”

While Nanook fans were thrilled with the two victories over the weekend, the Nanooks came a point short on the score tally, losing the trophy to the Seawolves.

“We had a really good effort out there on the ice in both our games,” Coach Meisner said at the post game press conference Oct 15.

“From the puck drop to the ending horn, everyone was involved and we played hard.”

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