Nanooks win 2013 Brice Alaska Goal Rush

Kurtis Gosney/Sun Star Reporter
Oct. 21, 2013

Hockey

Senior center and Business Administration student Cody Kunyk, on the right, readies himself for the puck drop. Kurtis Gosney/ Sun Star

Senior center and Business Administration student Cody Kunyk, on the right, readies himself for the puck drop. Kurtis Gosney/ Sun Star

The UAF Hockey team won the 2013 Brice Alaska Goal Rush last weekend. The Nanooks beat the Denver University Pioneers on Friday, Oct. 18, and the Western Michigan University Broncos on Saturday, Oct. 19.

The Pioneers scored the first goal of Friday’s game a little over 17 minutes into the first period, courtesy of sophomore forward Gabe Levin scored the first goal of the game almost 18 minutes into the first period.

Freshman forward Matt Marcinew scored the Pioneers’ second goal a little over 15 minutes into the second period to give his team a 2-0 advantage over the Nanooks. The Nanooks responded late in the period courtesy of a goal from freshman right wingman and Business Administration student Marcus Basara, cutting the Pioneers’ lead to 2-1 going into the third period.

Senior center and Business Administration student Cody Kunyk scored a goal on the power play about seven minutes into the third period to tie the game at 2-2. A power play happens when a team has more skaters on the ice than the other team, who probably has a player in the penalty box because of a penalty he committed. Kunyk’s goal force the game into a five-minute overtime period. In the final 30 seconds of the game, junior left wingman and Communication student Garrick Perry stole the puck the from the Pioneers and scored the game-winning goal with only 25 seconds left in overtime.

The Nanooks won the game 3-2. Freshman goalie Davis Jones finished the game with 24 saves for the Nanooks.

On Saturday, the Nanooks scored first against the Broncos due to a power play goal by Kunyk only about a minute and a half into the first period giving his team an early 1-0 lead. The Broncos scored a power-play goal of their own a little later in the period from sophomore forward Colton Hargrove tying the game at 1-1 going into the second period.

The Broncos broke the tie in the third period with another goal from Hargrove giving Western Michigan a 2-1 lead. Sophomore right wingman and Business Administration student Nolan Huysmans scored a goal for the Nanooks about two minutes later, tying the game at 2-2.

The Broncos scored the next goal 10 minutes later, thanks to senior forward Shane Berschbach, to retrieve the lead at 3-2. The Nanooks responded yet again with a goal from sophomore center and Business Administration student Tyler Morley, tying the game at 3-3. The game ultimately was forced into overtime where neither team scored forcing a shootout to decide the champion.

Neither team scored on their first two attempts during the shootout, until sophomore defenseman and Business Administration student Colton Parayko stepped onto the ice. Parayko scored the only goal of the shootout, giving the Nanooks the win and the Goal Rush crown. Jones finished the game with 30 saves for the Nanooks.

Assistant Coach Corbin Schmidt spoke about the win in the press conference after the game. “Before the game, we were thinking a lot of times we win on Fridays and don’t necessarily show so well on Saturdays,” Schmidt said, “So we thought, ‘we’ve got a new team, a new look and this is gonna be a big test for us,’ and it was and I think we answered the bell a couple times to come from behind.”

On Friday, Oct. 25 and Saturday, Oct. 26 the Nanooks will play two games at the Patty Ice Arena against the Mercyhurst University Lakers. Both games will start at 7 p.m.

Volleyball

The UAF Volleyball team played two away games last weekend against the Western Washington University Vikings on Thursday, Oct. 17 and the Simon Fraser University Clan on Saturday, Oct. 19.

The Nanooks fell to the Vikings in three sets, 25-15 in the first, 25-17 in the second and 25-14 in the third. The Vikings had a 10-3 lead early in the first set. The Nanooks, however, would not go away that easy as they battled back to cut the lead to four. The Vikings then scored five straight points to push the lead out to 20-11, which helped them to win the set. The Nanooks actually had a 1-0 lead to start the second set, but that would be very short-lived. The Nanooks tried to keep the set close, but the Vikings slowly pulled away from them to earn the set win. The third set was about the same as the second.

Sophomore outside hitter and Art student Sam Harthun finished the game with 18 kills, her second highest total of the year, while senior outside hitter and Business Administration student Keri Knight chipped in 10. Freshman setter and Nutrition student Katelyn Camp collected 26 assists on the night as well.

The Nanooks lost on Saturday against the Clan in another three sets, but this game was a little closer than Thursday. Throughout the first set, the Nanooks traded leads with Simon Fraser and even had a 21-19 lead late in the set. The Nanooks kept the lead until the Clan tied the set at 28-28. The Clan then scored three out of the next four points to win the set 31-29.

The second set was not as close as the first. The Clan led for the entire set and pushed their lead to 21-10 at one point. Simon Fraser went on the win the set 25-20.

The third set was about the same as the second as the Clan had an 18-6 lead at one point. The Clan went on to win the set, 25-18 earning the match victory.

Sophomore outside hitter and Art student Sam Harthun finished with a season-high 26 kills and freshman setter and Nutrition student Katelyn Camp had 39 assists.

On Thursday, Oct. 24 the Nanooks will return to the Patty Center to play the Central Washington University Wildcats at 7 p.m. The Nanooks will also play the Northwest Nazarene University Crusaders on Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Patty Center at 3 p.m.

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