FAIRBANKS, Ak-The big story this weekend has been the play of the Nanook hockey team. The king of the bears are playing like kings of college hockey right now. After closing out Friday night's game on defense with a 2-1 win over Northern Michigan, Saturday would not be as close.
Trailing 1-0 and at 15:34 in the first Colton Beck got the Nanooks on the board with a goal. The second period was a scoring fest with three goals for the Nanooks within 6 minutes of each other. Tyler Morley scored the go ahead goal at the 5:06 mark of the second. Beck scored again for his second goal at 10:20 assisted by Colton Parayko and Andy Taranto which would prove to be the game winner. Parakyo added an insurance goal at the 11:21 mark for a 4-1 Nanook lead.
The Wildcats scored on a short -handed goal later in the second but John Keeny closed the door in the third period with is saves.
The final 4-2 UAF.
Six wins a row. The last time that happened was the 2009-2010 season but this is the first time in program history that the Nanooks have swept three straight series in the CCHA .
The Nanooks are now tied for fourth in the CCHA with Ferris State.
UAF is getting a lot of love from the pollsters and its well deserved. The USCHO has the Nanooks at number 20. In the PairWise Rankings UAF is tied for eleventh.
Colton Beck has named the CCHA offensive player of the week today as well. Beck hadn't scored in 12 games but scored three in the Wildcat series and both game winners for the Nooks.
For now the streaking Nanooks are keeping it simple.
"Since we got back from Christmas we've just stuck to what makes our team successful and that's hard work and defensive play and just keeping it simple. Coach Ferguson really stresses at those three things and I think that's showing in our play," Nanooks forward Nolan Huysmans said.
Assistant head coach Corbin Schmidt believes the character of the hockey team is why they've been winning.
"Now I look back at the three sweeps and it really isn't actually too surprising, because you go back in the locker room and you look around and these guys are all pulling the same weight and they literally love each other and it's just phenomenal being a part of it," Schidmt said.
Next for UAF-at Miami University who swept the Nanooks in the Carlson Center in November.