FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) The Alaska Nanooks continued their road trip against former UAF coach Guy Gadowski (1999-2004) and the Penn State Nittany Lions, who are ranked eighth in the country in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll.
In Thursday night's contest, Penn State scored 32 seconds into the game, and that pretty much told the story, as the Nittany Lions would go on to defeat the Nanooks 7-0.
The Nanooks put pressure on Penn State, firing off 29 shots on goal, but UAF could not convert on its four power play opportunities.
Anton Martinson took over in between the pipes late in the first period, allowing three goals and swatting away 30 shots in relief.
UAF was cooled off after their sweep over Michigan Tech last weekend.
The Nanooks did a complete 180 and bounced back in a major way in Friday night's game, upsetting #8 Penn State 4-0.
It did not take long for the Nanooks to prove that it was a new night. Just over 60 seconds in the game, senior forward Colton Leiter pocketed an unassisted goal. This momentum, combined with Aton Martinsson's glove work, helped the Nanooks get their second win all time against previously undefeated Penn State (previous win in 2014).
Martinsson was a barrier that the Nittany Lions could not break through, stopping 35 shots on his way to his fourth career shutout for the blue and gold.
Junior Justin Young scored twice in the victory, tallying his total to a team-high three goals on the young season.
Max Newton got in on the action when he scored the fourth goal midway through the third. The Jandric brothers, Steven and Chris, each picked up an assist, and UAF improves their overall record to 3-3 on the season. With opponents like the #2 Denver Pioneers, #8 Penn State, and WCHA foe Michigan Tech, the 'Nooks have held their own against some of the best competition in Division I hockey.
The Nanooks will be back in Alaska next weekend, just not at the Carlson. They will go to the Sullivan Arena to face the Anchorage Seawolves for the first installment of the Governor's Cup.
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