Story by Kurtis Gosney; audio by Fernanda Chamorro, Extreme Alaska
The Nanook hockey team split their two-game home series at the Carlson Center this weekend against the Ohio State Buckeyes. It was the second-to-last series of the regular season for them. They won the first game on Friday, but lost the second on Saturday.
Friday’s game began with a goal by Ohio State wingman Alex Szczechura about six-and-a-half minutes into the first period, giving the Buckeyes an early 1-0 lead. Later in the period, however, the Nanooks scored a goal, thanks to junior left wingman, Colton Beck—with about three-and-a-half minutes left in the first period to tie the game at one point each.
In the second period the Nanooks continued to play well, scoring three goals, putting them up 4-1. Three players scored: senior wingman Andy Taranto, sophomore wingman Nolan Youngman and Beck, who recorded his second goal of the game at that time.
Beck ended up scoring his third goal of the game in the third period, giving him an unexpected hat trick, a long-time hockey tradition celebrating a player scoring
three goals in one game. This was Beck’s first career hat trick.
Senior center Nanook Nik Yaremchuk scored in the third period. The final score of the game was 6-1 in favor 0f UAF, improving its record to 13 wins, 10 losses and 4 ties overall. This win also put UAF in fifth place, ahead of Ohio State, in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association standings.
UAF Key Stats:
- Colton Beck recorded his eighth, ninth and 10th goals of the season
- Andy Taranto scored his ninth goal of the year
- Nolan Youngman scored his second goal of the season
- Nik Yaremchuk recorded his sixth goal of the season
- Freshman John Keeney recorded 19 saves
Saturday’s game, however, was not as successful for UAF. It was more physical and tightly played by both teams throughout the game. This made it difficult for all players to score. The game’s first point did not come until late in the first period when sophomore forward Tanner Fritz scored a goal for Ohio State.
Toward the end of the second period, Andy Taranto scored his 10th goal of the season to tie the game at one point apiece going into the third period. Yet, the final period took a turn for the worst for Nanooks as the Buckeyes went on to score two goals in a row. One goal came from sophomore forward Darik Angeli and the other was an empty-net goal from fellow sophomore forward Ryan Dzingle.
The final score of Saturday’s game was 3-1 in favor of Ohio State. According to alaskananooks.com, the Nanooks now fall to 13-11-4 overall in this final season of the CCHA and are now in sixth place in the conference standings.
The UAF Nanooks have one more road series to play against Lake Superior State before they return home for their final series as a member of the CCHA against Michigan State. Next year they will be playing in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.