FAIRBANKS-The Nanook hockey team is on a bit of a slide as 2013 winds down. The hockey team fell 3-2 to Michigan Tech on Friday night. On Saturday the Huskies fortunate special teams was a difference maker.
After a scoreless first Shane Hanna scored on a power 26 seconds into the period. Tanner Kero with the assist. Then at 10:49 the pivotal play of the game the Nanooks were on a 5on3 power play but the pass seeps through the Nanooks blue line Kero comes out of the penalty box for the gift and nails the shorthanded goal for a 2-0 Huskies advantage.
But at the 3:03 mark of the third Cody Kunyk's goal made it a 2-1 game.
The fans at the Carlson were so happy that the Nooks got back in the game they started marrying each other. No literally they did. Trevor Doxsee, a junior electrical engineering major proposed to his girlfriend Samantha Ojaniemi who nodded yes and was overwhelmed by the prosposal.
"I'm kind of in shock so I'm not really there right now don't really know what to think," Ojaniemi said.
When asked why did he choose to propose to Ojanaime he said it was simple choice "Public, lots of people why not its fun," Doxsee said.
Unfortunately that emotion didn't carry over to the hockey team. Sean Cahill made 21 stops on 23 Huskie shots for UAF but there wasn't much offense.
The Huskies killed a five minute major penalty and the third went scoreless as Pheonix Coplee of North Pole finished with 28 saves on 29 shots. The Huskies get the sweep.
The Nanooks have lost their last four games. They play rival UAA this weekend in Anchorage.
"[Saturday] we made a play we didn't block a shot and then you know the power play was just one of those plays you don't see very often," Nanooks assistant coach Lance West said. "The guy did a good job getting his stick in the lane but it ended up on their stick so. You know we talk a lot about special teams and they won the special teams battle tonight and that ended up being the difference."
Junior left winger Garric Perry says the Nanooks are now just looking forward to a rivalry matchup.
"Anchorage is a tough team so far and we haven't played them in league play yet. It's always been club to club and the freshman this year they'll see what it's like to be playing for the governor's cup and I think it'll be fun I think we just have to better down and just keep playing," Perry said.