By Kurtis Gosney, Extreme Alaska
March 3, 2013
The Nanook hockey team captured its fourth straight Governor’s Cup Saturday night beating their arch-rival Seawolves from the University of Alaska Anchorage 3-1 in the second game of the series. Since Alaska won the first game of the series Friday night in Fairbanks, this win in Anchorage gave them the Cup.
The game started pretty fast for UAF as they took the opening face-off and scored their first goal nine seconds int0 the game, courtesy of junior left wing Colton Beck. The rest of the first period was highly contested by both teams as they fought each other for possession of the puck. With two-and-a-half seconds left, however, senior right wing Andy Taranto scored the second goal of the game giving the Nanooks a 2-0 lead going into the second period.
Taranto scored his second goal of the game about five-and-a-half minutes into the second period giving Alaska a 3-0 lead. The Seawolves would give their fans a little something to cheer about later in the period as freshman forward Bobby Murphy scored a goal to cut the deficit to 3-1.
Unfortunately for UAA, that was their only goal of the game because in the third period the Nanooks would hold off the Seawolves until there were nothing but zeros on the clock. The final score of the game remained at 3-1.
- Beck scored his 11th goal of the season
- Taranto scored his 13th and 14th goal of the season
- Freshman goalie John Keeney recorded 19 saves for the Nanooks in what was his 12th win of the season.
- Murphy scored his second goal of the season for the Seawolves
Because of this win, UAF now has a record of 16 wins, 14 losses, and 4 ties on the season. The season doesn’t stop here, however. Next weekend, the Nanooks will play the Spartans of Michigan State in the first round of the playoffs of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association at the Carlson Center. Game times have not been released at this time.