FAIRBANKS-On Saturday the public got its first look at the Nanook hockey team in the Blue versus Gold game. Fans were filing into the Patty Ice Arena for what would be an exciting game.
Jared Larson, the former Ice Dog, opened the scoring on a power play to put the Blue team ahead in the first period. Credit the assist to sophomore center Tyler Morley.
Josh Erickson, a freshman on the gold team, evened the game right before the end of the period. He deflected a blue line shot from Nolan Kaiser into the net.
Going into the break with a 1-1 game the Nanooks had an on-ice skills competition. Junior left winger Nolan Youngmun won the fastest skater competition. Kaiser won the hardest shot event. Kaiser's best shot was clocked at a 102 miles per hour.
In the last period J.D. Peterson scored the for Blue team but with 3:42 left to play senior Colton Beck scored for the Gold team and tied it at 2-2.
The players and coaches elected to go to a shootout. The Blue Team netminder Sean Cahill made the stops and Colton Parayko and Morley made the decisive goals. Blue team wins 3-2 in shootout victory.
Morley describes his game winning score over albeit teammate Davis Jones.
"Yeah, just coming down, I know we do juice play every week there so I tried to find his weak spot and just put in home," Morley said.
"It felt good but it was a little bit of a gift," Larson said about the first goal of the Blue versus Gold game. "It was an early Christmas present. So like I said maybe it was just something because I'm back in Fairbanks so I need to bury one right away but it felt good."
Senior center Cody Kunyk of the Gold team was reflective about Saturday night's intrasquad exhibition.
"I remember when I came here as a freshman I just tried to everything I could. Maybe it wasn't anything on the game sheet but just as long as you feel like you're contributing and obviously these guys did so it was really good to see," Kunyk said.