Sports recap: Hockey wins one loses one and men's basketball team is once, twice, thrice successful at home

Danny Fisher/Sun Star Reporter
November 20, 2012

Men’s Basketball

Dominique Brinson drives the ball to the block during the game against Oklahoma Panhandle on Nov. 16. Lauren Fisher/Sun Star

The Alaska Nanooks Men’s Basketball Team won all of their home games this week against California State Monterrey Bay, Oklahoma Panhandle and Colorado Christian universities at the Patty Center.

Thursday, Nov. 15, Monterrey Bay had the lead at half time by two points with a score of 33-35.  UAF caught up and closed out in the second half, finishing 80-73.  The following night, the Nanooks took on Oklahoma Panhandle.  Once again, Alaska was behind at the half, but recovered to win by more than 20 points by the end of the game, 77-54.  On Saturday night, UAF took on Colorado Christian to earn a third win, the final score tallying up to 85-72 in favor of the Nanooks.

Scoring was evenly distributed among the Men’s Basketball Team throughout the week. Nov. 15, juniors Stefan Tica, Pat Voeut, and Sergej Pucar scored 16, 15, and 14 points, respectively.  Senior Dominique Brinson stood out on Friday and Saturday nights as top scorer with 14 points on Nov. 16, and 22 points Nov. 17.

Hockey

The Alaska Nanooks Men’s Hockey team had the Michigan Broncos working hard on Friday, Nov. 16 at the Carlson Center in a game that resulted in a 6-1 win for the Nanooks.  Assisted by senior Jarret Granberg and freshman Tyler Morley, freshman Nolan Huysmans put UAF on the scoreboard during the first 12 minutes of the game.  Western Michigan answered in the second period with a power play point.  The Nanooks held strong throughout the rest of the game.  Seniors Andy Taranro, Kaare Odegard, and Chad Gehon, Huysmans, and Granberg each scored for UAF that night.

On Saturday, Nov. 17, the Broncos came back in the third period and beat UAF 3-2.  Morley scored the first goal for UAF at 14:41 of the first period, assisted by Huysmans and freshman Josh Atkinson.  Junior Cody Kunyk earned another point for the Nanooks in the second period.  In the third period, Western Michigan grabbed two points within the first five minutes, taking away Alaska’s advantage.  17 minutes, 16 seconds into the period, WMU scored the game winning point against UAF.

Men’s and Women’s Skiing

The Nordic Cup began with wins for the Alaska Nanooks Men’s and Women’s Ski Teams on Friday, Nov. 16.  In the Women’s 2km Classic race, UAF skiers forced Alaska Anchorage out of the first seven places.  Senior Rebecca Konieczny earned first in the event with a time of 6:26.  Senior Marit Rjabov won second place, and sophomore Alyson McPhretres won third.  Sophomore Logan Hanneman won first place in the Men’s 3k Classic race, followed by senior Tyler Kornfield in third.

On Friday, UAF’s men’s team led Anchorage with a score of 13-8.  In the Women’s division, Alaska Fairbanks won 15-6.  On Nov. 17, the Nanooks continued to outperform Anchorage.  The men scored 11-10, and the women scored 15-6, in favor of UAF.

Rifle

On Saturday, Nov. 17, the Alaska Nanooks Rifle Team took on West Virginia University and lost with a score of 4670-4719.  This was a season high for the Nanooks.The two day meet was finished on Sunday.

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