Men's Hockey team takes their first win, Nanooks Volleyball returns to Patty Center for game against Western Washington
Lauren Fisher/Sun Star Reporter
October 9, 2012
The Nanooks started the competitive season strong with a 6-o win against the Regina Panthers on Friday, Oct. 5 at the Carlson Center.
Six minutes and 34 seconds into the first period, Nik Yaremchuk, the Goal Rush Tournament MVP of lat year, set the tone of the game, scoring the first goal against Regina. The Nanooks kept the Panthers moving, attempting 16 shots in the first period, almost double the 7 attempts Regina made.
In the second half, Alaska made two scores each on Regina’s goalkeepers Lucas Gore and Mitch Kilgore. Josh Atkinson’s power play point, assisted by Trevor Campbell and Nolan Huysmans, came less than a minute before Michael Quin’s goal at even strength which was assisted by Matthew Friese and Chad Gehon. Colton Beck had a clear shot for goal number 4 during the second period, slamming the puck in against Regina’s Mitch Kilgore at 15:36. He proceeded to assist Cody Kunyk for the Nanooks’ last goal of the period.
Regina fought back hard in the last period. Two sticks were broken in their struggle to regain some ground, but it did no good. John Keeney saved all six of the shots against him, leaving the Panthers at zero points. Cody Kunyk scored the last goal against the visiting team half way through the final period.
UAF had two penalties due to too many players on the ice at a time, along with six others. Corbin Schmidt, the new Assistant Coach of the Nanook Hockey Team, attributed it to the team being fresh into the season. “One of the things we talk about every day is discipline,” said Schmidt. The Nanooks got the result they wanted. “We’re very excited for what’s to come, after that,” Coach Schmidt said.
The Nanooks play again on Oct. 12 against the Air Force team at 5:00 p.m.
The Lady Nanooks have suffered a tough two weeks on the road, and now at home. After returning to Alaska from their lost games against Saint Martin’s on Sept. 20 and Western Oregon on Sept. 22, the women faced off against the Anchorage Seawolves after five sets against their rivals.
On Oct. 4, the ladies returned to the Patty Center to face off against the Western Washington Warriors. The Nanooks started strong, keeping pace with the Warriors for the first part of set 1. Sam Harthun led UAF with 4 kills and a service ace against Western Washington. Still, the Warriors took the set 25-18.
The Nanooks lost the second match by 19-25. In the third set, UAF held the lead fairly well for the first nine points, but the visitors soon caught up and won the match with a score of 25-17 in the final set. All in all, the Nanooks played a much stronger game in services than their last home game against Central Washington, with only 6 service errors throughout the match.
Coach Shoemaker of UAF said that his team played with a lot of energy and spirit. Because of the Warriors’ dig record of 53, he said that they “forced us to work a little harder offensively.” Shoemaker went on to say “tomorrow we’ll have a little more experience.”
The swimmers begin their season on Oct. 13 with the Blue-Gold Pentathlon at 12 p.m.