FAIRBANKS-The quest to the WCHA's Final Five in Grand Rapids, Mich. in 2014 starts this weekend for the Alaska Nanook hockey team. It will be the first conference games for the Nooks as a part of their new conference on Friday and Saturday night against Northern Michigan. Both games start at 7:07 p.m.
At the end of the nonconference schedule the Nanooks went 3-1-2, had three straight come from behind victories and won their second consecutive Brice Alaska Goal Rush Title. The Nanooks Joey Davies got his first collegiate point in the tie against Mercyhurst Lakers. The Nanooks went 1-0-1 in the two game series with the Lakers.
The Wildcats already got a taste of WCHA play, splitting two games against Michigan Tech last weekend. Northern is led by Stephan Vigier with six points and CJ Ludwig's five. Both Wildcat goalies, Mathis Dahlstrom and Michael Doan allow 2.5 goals on average.
I Davies and head coach Dallas Ferguson about special teams which is of note after the Lakers on scored three power plays to force last weekend's tie.
"That's probably the frustating part is that you work on it quite a bit and you don't get the results," Nanook head coach Dallas Ferguson said. "But you know what that's what it's all about it is being able to respond and get better and do the things you need to do to have success in those situations. And that's what these guys are doing, that's what our staff is doing."
Davies assist to Garrick Perry tied the game at 2-2 in the third period against the Lakers.
"You know it felt really good to get that first point out of the way. You know to contribute, it feels great. It's really tough here. The competition is really tough so to be able to get that out of the way is really nice," the Ontario native said.
"We had a really good practice on Tuesday that was really intense and that's the way we're going to have to play to get points," team captain and senior wing player Colton Beck said. Beck broke out with a five point weekend against Mercyhurst.
"Now obviously those games are important, the non-conference games but when you're playing for points things get a little more intense so we need be ready to go from the drop of the puck tomorrow night," Beck said.