Nanooks lose 3-2 to Seawolves in Gov Cup opener

ANCHORAGE-For this first time it will be the first of four meetings between the Nanooks and Seawolves with WCHA points at stake as well as the Governor's Cup. The Seawolves made their first claim holding on for a 3-2 win in the Sullivan Arena tonight.

It looked to be advantage Nanooks as freshman Marcus Basara scored off of a faceoff just 15 seconds into the game. UAA's Dylan Hubbs tied it at 1-1 to close out the first period with his goal coming with 4:11 left.

In the second period both teams traded goals again. Austin Coldwell got a power play goal at the 11:32 mark of the second stanza. But then Tyler Morley used his clutch gene to knot things up at 2-2 with his score coming with less than two minutes left in the second period. Morley finished with a goal and an assist to lead UAF.

But halfway through the final period UAA's Brett Cameron got the puck in net off a rebound to give the Seawolves a 3-2 lead. That would prove to be the game winner.

What makes this outcome so difficult for the Nanooks is that they held the Seawolves to a season low 13 shots but UAA still got enough goals to win. UAF got 21 shots on goal but Rob Gunderson turned away 19. John Keeney got the start for the Nanooks and made 10 saves.

UAF will have a their first crack at evening the season and Governor's Cup series as both teams will be back on the ice Saturday night in the Sullivan at 7 p.m.