FAIRBANKS, Alaska – Two first-period goals were all the Alaska Nanooks needed on Friday night as they snapped the Northern Michigan University hockey team’s three-game winning streak with the 4-1 win. Alaska added two more goals in the third period. The loss drops the Wildcats to 5-10-0 overall and 4-9-0 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). UAF picked up its first overall and conference win of the season with the victory. The Nanooks are 1-7-1 overall and 1-5-1 in the CCHA.
Both of UAF’s goals in the first period came via the power play. Tyler Eckford scored the opening goal at 6:08 then teammate Braden Walls made it 2-0 with his marker at 16:05. Andrew Sarauer cut the lead in half (2-1) with his first goal of the season at 17:03 of the second period. Erik Gustafsson and Phil Fox assisted on the goal.
The Nanooks got goals from Dustin Sather (4:55) and Nathan Lawrence (16:51) in the third period.
NMU was 0-4 on the power play while the home team was 2-7. The ‘Cats did have a slight edge on shots at 26-24. Reid Ellingson was in goal for the ‘Cats as he ended the night with 20 saves. Wylie Rogers picked up the win for the Nanooks with 25 saves.
The two teams will play the second game of the weekend series on Saturday night (Dec. 1) at the Carlson Center in Fairbanks, Alaska.
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