By Kyle Evans, Extreme Alaska
The number one seed Alaska Nanooks Women’s hockey team loses to number four seed Penn State Nittany Lions at the Ashburn Ice House.
After a long day of travel the Nanooks got off to a slow start against Penn State falling down 2-0 after two periods. “It took us couple of periods I think to find our legs after a road trip like that” said Nanook defenseman Kayla Fulk. Alaska traveled 3,284 miles from Fairbanks to the nation’s capital. “That’s an easy excuse to make but I don’t think so; I think we were just tentative, I think the stage of the event and being the number one seed and having those expectations, I think that played a bigger role than the travel” said head coach Scott Vockeroth.
Penn State’s goals came from a power play by defenseman Allie Rothman and Devon Fisk. Both goals were unassisted and came off of turnovers.
The Nanooks picked up their level of play in the third period. “We drew some penalties and got those chances on the power play, but we’ve got to bury it” said, coach Vockeroth. Defenseman Bailey Brewer put Alaska on the board with a power-play goal. Brewer shot from the point after receiving a pass from Cayla Wiit. The Nanooks also drew three penalties in the third resulting in a long five on three opportunity that the Nanooks couldn’t capitalize on. “Unfortunately it was too little too late” said coach Vockeroth.
The Nanooks play the Delaware Blue Hens Friday at 4:30 a.m. Alaska standard time and again against California University of Pennsylvania at 3:45 p.m. AST. “We got two important games up tomorrow, we had better win them both.” Said coach Vockeroth.