FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) The UAF Nanooks were able to put to rest one of their long-time losing streaks Friday night. With a 3-2 win over Michigan Tech, the Nanooks grab their first win of the season, and also snap a 16-game losing streak to the Huskies. UAF made a statement this weekend, defeating MTU again 2-1 on Saturday to complete the series sweep and improving to 2-0-0-0 in the WCHA.
On Friday, everything was clicking in the second period and everybody was eating, as a trio of 'Nooks collected their first goals of the young season.
In the pivotal second frame, Kylar Hope opened up the scoring when he pocketed a goal just 12 seconds in, before Justin Young got in on the action, finding the back of the net just minutes later.
Sophomore Chris Jandric closed out the scoring flurry with a power play goal, and suddenly the Nanooks were up 3-0 in their WCHA debut.
UAF tender Gustavs Grigals held off Michigan Tech's attack, denying 16 shots in the victory.
As for Saturday, the defense and goal tending held up, just as it did the night before. Senior Defenseman Tristan Thompson got the puck rolling for the Nanooks, scoring just over five minutes into the game with the help of Roberts Kalkis and Kyle Marino's assist. For cushion, Jandric scored a goal, his second in as many nights, and UAF was sitting with a 2-0 lead in the second period. While Michigan Tech was able to find the back of the net once, it was another impressive outing from Grigals, who racked up 23 saves in the win on Saturday.
The Nanooks will remain on the road, as they prepare a visit to Penn State next weekend.
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