FAIRBANKS-On Saturday night the Alaska Nanooks were looking to sweep the Mercyhurst Lakers after an incredible 5-4 comeback victory on Friday night. Unfortunately, this would end up in a stalemate.
In the first period the Lakers would strike first on a five on three power play after UAF senior Michael Quinn was ejected for a questionable checking from behind call. Daniel O'Donoghue put the Lakers on the board first he finished with the power play goal. O'Donoghue added two assists to lead all skaters with three points.
Mercy scored on another power play in the second period-this one by Kyle Just to push the 2-0 score in favor of Mercyhurst. Then UAF once again came back.
Tyler Morley got it going for the Nooks with his unassisted score less than five minutes left in the second. Morley shot a wrister from the left circle and it found the net. Later with about five minutes into the third period Garrick Perry got one Lakers' goalie Jimmy Sajeant. Perry got the assist from Joey Davies-his first career point. It's now a 2-2 game.
Nolan Huysmans scored the go ahead goal a little over three minutes later crashing towards the net to tap in the pass from the Colton Beck. Alaska scored three staight to take a 3-2 lead.
But Matthew Zay scored the equalizer on another power play to tie it up halfway through the third. Alaska was 3-11 on the penalty kills for the night and all of Mercy's goals were on power plays.
Sarjeant had 31 saves on 34 shots for the Lakers and John Keeney made 29 stops on 32 shots for the Nooks. Both netminders didn't allow a goal in for the rest of regulation or the overtime period. This game ends in a 3-3 tie. The Nanooks are now 3-1-2 on the year.
Nanook head coach Dallas Ferguson discussed how penalties and special teams affected the game for his squad.
"You go into the third period and you're down a goal, we get the lead right away and then you end up killing eight minutes or almost have the period, you're killing penalties, they're bound to get one sooner or later," Ferguson said. "That's kind of what I took away from it, I thought it was a pretty good hockey game but I think at the same time we can look back and we didn't put our best effort forth."
Huysmans believes the team couldn't executed better but they're look towards the next series despite the unwanted results from the game.
"I don't think you can ever really be satisfied with a tie," Huysmans said. " I think that if we could've played 60 minutes, I think we could have gotten the win, you know, we've got to move past it now and have a really good week of practice and get ready for Northern."
The Nanooks hosts Northern Michigan for their first WCHA games of the season.