Nanooks win Brice Goal Rush title three years straight

The UAF Nanooks beat the Air Force 4-3 on Oct. 17.  The Nanooks came back to win, after the Air Force scored two goals in the first four minutes. Photo by Aaron Walling

The UAF Nanooks beat the Air Force 4-3 on Oct. 17. The Nanooks came back to win, after the Air Force scored two goals in the first four minutes. Photo by Aaron Walling

By Aaron Walling

Sun Star Reporter

Alaska Nanooks (4-0-0) had a come-from-behind-win, 4-3, over Penn State Lions (1-1-2)  to win the Brice Goal Rush title for their third year in a row.

The Nanooks looked poised to try and build upon their lead in the first period but Penn State showed a knack to strike back early.

Each time the Nanooks scored, Penn State scored within less than two minutes.

Throughout the tournament there was a high level of physicality. This was exemplified by a major penalty for interference by Nanooks Captain #27 Tyler Morley. This gave the Lions a perfect opportunity take the lead going into the third period. They took many shots on Nanooks Goalie #38 Sean Cahill en route to go up 2-3 at the end of the second period.

The defense by the Nanooks during the second was spearheaded by Nanooks’ Defense, #4 Colton Parayko, but they couldn’t stop the relentless attack by Penn State with #27 Max Gardiner scoring a power play goal.

Another third period, another game where the Nanooks were down 2-3. But this time Penn State’s tough defense wasn’t allowing the Nanooks to get a clean shot.

After a mistake on Lions’ coverage, Nanooks #13 Austin Vieth scored an equalizer goal that set the crowd on fire.

That is when Vieth started to get going, less than  30 seconds later, he scored the game winning goal to propel the Nanooks  4-3.

What hurt Penn State was Cahill started to lockdown in the net. Also, UAF’s shots on goal increased to 18 in the third, in return this set up the easy kick outs to players like Veith to get back into this game.

With both Anchorage and Fairbanks boasting undefeated teams with impressive wins over Wisconsin, Maine, and others has given some glimpses of what will be a very entertaining year for hockey fans here in Alaska.

Nanooks will be on the road next game against Western Michigan (1-3-0) in Kalamazoo, Michigan on October 24.

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