By Kyle Evans, Extreme Alaska
The Alaska Nanook women’s hockey team defeated the University of Wisconsin-Stout Blue Devils to take third place in the American Collegiate Hockey Association National tournament.
Again the Nanooks started slow falling behind by one at the end of the first period. “I think we were still down in the dumps and hang our heads from the night before it was a tough loss to get over it takes time so we came out really slow” Said Alaska coach Scott Vockeroth. The Blue Devils goal came on the power play by forward Fritsche Karaassis assisted by forward Ashley Gibson.
With less than five minutes remaining in the game Nanook forward Linda Evans got the equalizer. Alaska Forward Huntr Hollenberg gives her take on the tying goal “I saw Linda in front of the net so I passed it and she kind of baseball batted it in so it really worked out good” assists go to defenseman Kayla Fulk and Hollenberg. The third would end with the game tied at one sending the contest into overtime.
Nanook forward Cayla Wiita proved that no shot on net is a bad shot especially in overtime. “I just shot the puck and didn’t think it would go in but, it trickled in” said Wiita. The goal gave Alaska the overtime win improving their record to 9-2-2.
Some were excited about the win. “It feels pretty good especially considering that we have quite a few seniors on our team this year so it was good to get a win before they finish their season” said Hollenberg. While for others it was a bitter-sweet ending to the season. “It feels good, obviously it wasn’t the game we wanted to be in but it feels good to get the overtime win.” Said Fulk, she added “Good luck to the Nanooks next year.”