FAIRBANKS-Its playoff hockety time and the Nanooks will be in uncharted waters. In their first season in the WCHA they'll be playing rival UAA for this time ever in the post season.
The teams split their four regular season games 2-2 but UAF won their fifth straight Gov Cup.
They clinched home ice with a 7-2 win on Friday led by the WCHA scoring champion and co-offensive player of the week senior Cody Kunyk. Kunyk scored a career high four goals Friday and finished the regular season with 34 points.
The team still has some momentum. Since Jan.24 they've gone 8-2. However, the Seawolves may have shifted the momentum with a 3-1 win this past Saturday at the Carlson Center. The playoff series is the best of three.
Head coach Dallas Ferguson says this will be a series that the Nooks will have to grind out.
"A 2-1 hockey game isn't adversity. A 2-1 hockey game is playoff hockey. So I would expect it to be tight and expect to prepare yourself that way. You what I mean and that's all a part of having success. If you're going to have success down the stretch like this you got to be able to deal with ups and downs and be able to handle them in the right way," Ferguson said.
"I mean last weekend they were pretty physical and pretty emotional so you know it's going to be ramped up even more with-obviously the Gov Cup is not on the line but its' playoffs and your fighting for your lives and it's going to be a really big battle obviously," sophomore right wing Nolan Huysmans said.