FAIRBANKS=The Alaska Nanooks are going into the time machine this weekend. They'll be in the Patty Center Ice Arena for two sold out games on Friday and Saturday night against the Mercyhurst Lakers.
The Nanooks will be sporting throwback jerseys from the 1980-81 season when the program became NCAA affiliated.
The Lakers come in with a 1-4 record and are led by Matthew Zay's four points. Mercy was picked to finish second in the Atlantic Hockey Association. The Nanooks have had the edge against the Lakers. They've outscored them 15-3 since 2008.
UAF is coming off two come from behind wins at the Carlson to win consecutive Brice Alaska Goal Rush titles. The Nanooks feel that intense playoff type atmosphere and will experience help the younger players and prepare the team for a raucous atmosphere at the Patty.
"This kind of reminds me of the rink I played juniors in," freshman goaltender Davis Jones said. Jones is coming off a WCHA rookie of the week performance in the Brice. "It's going to be packed. It's going to be a really cool atmoshpere and I'm looking forward to it."
Garrick Perry who made the shot heard round the college hockey world last week with his overtime game winner against then no.12 Denver feels the team is getting more focused after an emotional high last weekend.
"We don't want to get to high on the horse. We just want to focus on the little things. You know focusing on our power play and our PK (penalty kill) and hopefully it'll all work out this weekend," Perry said.
Brice Alaskas Goal Rush Tournament MVP and assistant captain, Cody Kunyk, a senior center on the team knows that there will more chances for shots and dirty goals on the small Patty Center ice surface.
"We just got to keep getting the shots on net and taking the pucks on the net. With the smaller area we get more bodies in front of the net too so yeah we just have to keep shooting at the net," Kunyk said.