Nanook hockey team denied sweep in high scoring game

FAIRBANKS-10 total goals were counted at the end of three periods of hockey at the Carlson Center last night but the visiting Minnesota Mavericks came out in front with a 6-4 win. The Mavs win split the first series of WCHA games in 2014 with UAF.

Six minutes into this game and Alaska found themselves with a 1-0 lead thanks to a Marcus Basara goal. The Mavericks kept the puck in the Nanooks end for three unanswered scores in the second period. Jean-Paul Lafotaine had back to back scores for the Mavs during the run. Lafontaine added an assist to his first star performance.

But at the 18:09 mark of the second period defenseman Trevor Campbell gave the Nanooks life with his goal and it brought the Nooks within one 2-3 going into the third.

The two teams traded goals halfway through the final period. The Mavericks got away from the Nanooks with consecutive scores late in the third.

Freshman Josh Erickson tried to make things interesting with his redirect goal off a Justin Woods shot. Erickson first goal of his career came with 1:01 remaining. But that's all the Nanooks could do and the 6-4 decision goes to Minnesota State (12-8, 10-4 WCHA).

Campbell led the Naooks with a three point night his own. Campbell, a sophomore, had a goal and two assists in the first three point outing of his career.. Basara and Colton Beck both added a goal and an assist a-piece.

The Nanooks (8-9-3, 5-8-1 WCHA) go back on the road for consecutive series. The first series is this week at Bowling Green University.