FAIRBANKS-The Alaska Nanooks had to come from behind twice at the Carlson Center over the weekend in the Brice Alaska Goal Rush. The result was another Goal Rush title and this one will be in people's minds for awhile.
First on Friday night against the no. 12 Denver Pioneers the Nanooks were down 0-2 in the second period. Just before the end of the period freshman Marcus Basara made it a 2-1 game with his rebound score.
Then with 6:53 left in the game senior center Cody Kunyk scored the tying goal on a power play off an assist from Colton Parayko Freshman goalie Davis Jones made 24 saves on 26 and this one went into overtime. The interesting thing about that goal was that the Alaska line was on the ice for about four minutes which is a bit long for this deep squad but they got the all important goal.
Both defense and goalies held up for almost the entire extra session. But with only 25 seconds left in overtime junior left winger Garrick Perry nails the game winner on Sam Brittain for a thrilling 3-2 overtime victory.
On Saturday night the Nanooks faced an old CCHA foe-the Western Michigan Broncos. It was tied 2-2 late in the third period until Bronco's forward Shane Bersach broke the tie with his goal with 1:51 remaining.
Perry was looking to save the day again but it was his teammate's turn. Tyler Morley off of Perry's missed shot, crashes the net and gets a dirty goal to tie it at 3-3 with 1:09 left to play.
The game was still tied 3-3 after regulation and the teams elected to go into a shootout instead of an overtime period.
In the final round of the shootout Parayko gets it done with a sweet top shelf shot over Frank Slubowski for a 1-0 lead iadvantage. It was up to Jones inbetweent he pipes for the Nooks and he delivered. Jones stops Chase Bailey's wrister and the Nanooks win 1-0 in the shootout and win back to back Brice Alaska Goal Rush titles.
Senior Cody Kunyk was named tournament MVP for his three point weekend performance. Kunyk has 90 career points now. Jones and Perry were all tournament selections as well. The Nanooks are now 2-1-1 to start their 2013-2014 season.