UAF skates over Bowling Green for consecutive wins

By Rebecca Coleman
Sun Star Reporter

Alaska Nanook’s Jarret Grandberg prepares for the attack at Friday night’s men’s ice hockey game at the Carlson Center. October 29, 2010. Allan Spangler/ Sun Star.

UAF hockey took on the Bowling Green StateUniversity (BGSU) falcons on Friday, Oct. 29 and Saturday, Oct. 30, proving victorious both nights.

“UAF is strong and better than who we’ve played so far,” said Chris Bergeron, BGSU’s head coach. “They have great offense and goalies.”

The Nanooks dominated the Falcons throughout the weekend to secure consecutive 4-1 victories.

To start the game on Friday, freshman Cody Kunyk racked up his fourth goal of the season. Shortly after, sophomore Kaare Odegard was given a five-minute penalty and was ejected from the game for contact to the head. Even though the Nanooks were short-handed for five minutes, they played strong defense and prevented the Falcons from scoring. Captain Kevin Petovello, senior, scored two goals, one in the first period, and the other in the second. Both were achieved just seconds after BGSU penalties. Sophomore Jarret Granberg nabbed his fourth goal of the season.

Granberg has a history of playing well against BGSU.  Last year, he scored two goals against them.  However, Granberg doesn’t let these past successes affect his play. “You just play as good as you can every weekend,” he said.  “Goals are a bonus.”

The six Nanook penalties didn’t help BGSU at all but three of the seven BGSU penalties resulted in Nanook goals, giving the Nanooks the win.

Saturday’s game was no less eventful.  Sophomore Andy Taranto opened the game with a goal after a pass from Petovello at 1:22 into the game.  Taranto scored again in the second period on a rebound.  Junior Aaron Gens acquired an unassisted goal after setting up a slap shot near the blue line.  Sophomore Adam Henderson grabbed his first goal of the season after taking on BGSU’s defense with sophomore Nik Yaremchuk and Gens.

The Nanooks peppered BGSU’s goalie with 48 shots throughout the night. BGSU managed 13 shots.

“This was a great way to end the weekend,” said Brian Meisner, UAF Assistant Coach.  “It was a total team effort.  From top to bottom, beginning to end, goal tender on up, we played a great game.  The guys were moving and talking, and work ethic was the best of the year.”

On Nov. 5 and 6, the Nanooks have another home series as they take on the University of Michigan Wolverines.

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