Fairbanks, AK – The #3/5 ranked Huskies traveled 2900 miles to get some work on their special teams in a 3-2 road win over the University of Alaska Nanooks on Friday, October 12. With the flow of the game dictated by the officials, the Huskies blanked the Nanooks man-advantage seven times and scored once in seven opportunities on their own man-advantage in the season opening victory. Senior Patrick Newell showed the advantage a skilled senior has in an early season game netting two goals and assisting on another to reward new head coach Brett Larson with his first win as the Huskies skipper.
Despite being on their heels for the first three minutes of the contest, the Nanooks got on the board with their first shot of the game. Some blue-collar work by the Nanooks in the SCSU zone netted Kyle Marino his first goal of the season at 3:28 for a 1-0 UAF lead. SCSU responded to tie the game at 11:03 on a quick wrister by Blake Lizotte (Newell | Hentges) from the slot to knot the game at 1-1. In a period tilted in SCSU’s favor, they outshot the Nanooks 11-4 yet ended the period in a 1-1 draw. Three penalties were whistled in period one with the Huskies failing to capitalize twice and the Nanooks being shutout in 1:33 of power play time.
The Huskies gained their first lead of the contest early in period two with Newell scoring his first of two goals. The Huskies capitalized on a line change which developed into an odd-man rush with Newell ( Hentges | R Poehling) converting a feed from Sam Hentges for a 2-1 SCSU lead. They extended their lead to 3-1 at 13:16 with Newell’s second goal of the game on the power play with assists to Jack Ahcan and Nolan Walker. In a period riddled with penalties, the Huskies were in the box four times while UAF was whistled twice.
With seven penalties called in period three, the flow of the game deteriorated with the teams resorting to special teams play the bulk of the period. The Nanooks did score the lone goal of the period on a quick wrist shot from about fifteen feet out at 2:59 by James LaDouce and it certainly made things interesting . But with the officiating marble game in full force and the Huskies puck possession game much better than the Nanooks, SCSU was able to outlast UAF in the 3-2 final. Both teams combined for seven penalties for 14 minutes in the final period.
Anton Martinsson took the loss stopping 26 of 29 shots on goal and saw his early season record fall to 0-3-0. SCSU’s David Hrenak (1-0-0) stopped 16 of 18 shots on goal and earned his first win of the season. SCSU was 1/7 on the power play while the Nanooks were blanked on all seven of their opportunities. UAF did a nice job blocking shots as they blocked 22 SCSU attempts in the contest. Faceoffs were 30-28 in SCSU’s favor. Both squads were penalized 8 times for 16 minutes. SCSU outshot UAF 29-18 for the game.
Patrick Newell (2-1-3) and first-year player Sam Hentges (0-2-2) each had a multiple point game for SCSU.
The teams return to action on Saturday in the series finale at the Carlson Center as the Huskies attempt to earn the non-conference sweep..