FAIRBANKS-Tonight's exhibition was exactly that an exhibition. The Nanooks put a quick scoring offense on display at the Carlson Center as they rolled over the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds 8-1.
If UBC are the Thunderbirds the Nanooks sure had the lightning for em'. In each period Alaska scored goals in a 1:30 or less then scored another goal no more than four minutes after the first quick goal.
Junior defenseman Trevor Campbell found the net just 1:32 into the first period. But only 20 seconds went off the clock when freshman right winger Marcus Basara put home to put the Nooks up 2-0 in less than two minutes.
55 seconds passed in the beginning of the second period before Nolan Huysmans scored a goal. Four minutes later freshman Josh Erickson joined the party getting a puck past the goalie while coming out of the penalty box and converting a mini breakaway. 12 minutes after that senior Cody Kunyk scored an unassisted to goal to increase Alaska's lead to 5-0.
In the third team captain and senior left winger Colton Beck gets in on the scoring action. Beck tallied a goal after only 19 seconds ran off the clock to start the final period. A little over four minutes after the Kunyk strikes again with another goal. That's 7-0 Alaska.
UBC prevented a shutout with a power play goal with 6:35 to play. The Nanooks answered that with the Morley brothers linking up for goal. Big brother Tyler Morley found little brother Brandon who shot and scored from the left crease. Nanooks give UBC an 8-1 scoreboard as parting gift. The Thunderbirds were unappreciative as they demostrated their fustration with a lot of extracurriculars after plays and even during the postgame handshake line.
7 different players scored for UAF with the two seniors, Kunyk and Beck leading the way with three points apiece. All three goalies on the roster played a period as well. Sean Cahill and John Keeney only face nine shots in two periods. Freshman Davis Jones got all the work making 14 saves on 15 shots.
The Nanooks will have game that counts this upcoming Friday as they take Air Force in their first game of the Kendall Hockey Classic in Anchorage.