By Kurtis Gosney, Extreme Alaska
The Nanooks are going to have another busy week. Unlike last week when every team was on the road, men’s hockey and men’s and women’s basketball are all going to have games in Fairbanks this week. Here is a breakdown of sports events happening this week.
Men’s Ice Hockey: The men’s hockey team is returning to the Carlson Center to play in what will be its final home series as a member of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association, as they host the Spartans from Michigan State. The puck will drop at 7:05 on Friday and Saturday night. The Nanooks are hoping for some redemption after being swept on the road by the Lakers of Lake Superior State last weekend. UAF lost 5-1 last Friday and 4-2 last Saturday, giving them a record of 13-13-4 overall and 11-12-3 in the CCHA. Freshman forward Tyler Morley scored the only goal for UAF on Friday, giving him 10 goals on the season. Junior forward Cody Kunyk and freshman forward Nolan Huysmans each scored one goal in Saturday’s loss to Lake Superior State. Alaska is currently sitting in sixth place in the conference standings behind Ohio State by five points.
- Tyler Morley, senior rightwing Andy Taranto and junior leftwing Colton Beck all scored 10 goal each.
- Kunyk and Morley lead the team in power play goals with four each.
- Freshman goalie John Keeney now has 484 saves on the season.
Men’s Basketball: The men’s basketball team will play its final two home games of the season at the Patty Center this week as they host second-ranked and undefeated Western Washington on Thursday and Simon Fraser on Saturday. Thursday’s game will tip off at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday’s game will start at 3:15 p.m. The last time UAF and Western Washington squared off was in Bellingham, Wash. in late January when the Nanooks fell by 13 to the Vikings. Junior guard Pat Voeut was the leading scorer in that game for UAF with 17 points. The last time the Nanooks played Simon Fraser was in late January when they lost 68-54 in Burnaby, British Columbia. They
are hoping for a little redemption after losing to the University of Alaska Anchorage Seawolves last weekend. The Nanooks are currently in fourth place in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference standings and Western Washington is sitting in first place. This season the Nanooks have a record of 13 wins and 9 losses overall and 8-6 in the conference.
- Senior guard Dominique Brinson is the team’s leading scorer, averaging a just under 13 points per game.
- Junior center Sergej Pucar is the team’s leading rebounder, averaging seven a game.
- Pat Voeut is the leading assist man for the Nanooks, averaging five per game.
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Women’s Basketball: The women’s basketball team also has a pair of home games this week at the Patty Center as they host the Wolves of Western Oregon on Thursday and the Saints of Saint Martin’s on Saturday. Thursday’s game will tip off at 5:15 pm and Saturday’s game will start at 1:00 pm. Last week the Nanooks lost to 22nd-ranked Northwest Nazarene 88-81 on Thursday, but they won the following Saturday over Central Washington, 73-70, giving them their first win in the GNAC this season. The win also snapped a 13-game losing streak.
- Junior forward Samantha Thornton scored 16 points in the Nanooks’ win against Central Washington.
- Senior guard Taylor Altenburg scored 13 points Central Washington