The Alaska Nanooks women’s hockey team lost in the semi-finals to the West Chester Golden Rams.
Alaska got off to a fast start scoring three goals in the first period. Nanook forward Cayla Wiita scored the first goal with assistance from forward Brittany Stahle. The second goal was provided by forward Linda Evans with an assist going to defenseman Erin Winters. Goal number three was a power-play goal from forward Alysia Norum with the assist going to Evans.
In the second period the Nanooks had difficulties with special teams allowing a power-play goal and a shorthanded tally. “They took advantage of special teams, they got two power-play goals and a shorthanded goal and the shorthanded one killed us” said Nanook head coach Scott Vockeroth. The Golden Rams managed to tie the game at three before the end of the second. West Chester would add a fourth goal in the third period to take the lead and the win.
Alaska was unable to contain West Chester forward Becky Dobson the entire game as she had a hat trick scoring her 58th, 59th, and 60th goal of the season. “She just took over and we didn’t have an answer” said, Vockeroth. Dobson won Division 2 National Player of the Year earlier this season.
The Nanooks will play the University of Wisconsin-Stout Blue Devils in the third place game Sunday at 7 a.m. Alaska daylight-saving time. The Blue Devils lost in double overtime in their semi-final matchup with Penn State. “We’re goanna try to do our best against Stout tomorrow for our seniors” said assistant coach Jayson Kowalchuk.