Seawolves Shock the Nanooks in Gov Cup opener

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The first game of the Governor's Cup series was held last night between the Alaska Nanooks and the UAA Seawolves.
The Nanooks were considered the heavy favorites going into this one with the Seawolves only having one conference win under their belt all season.
However, games aren't played on paper.
The Seawolves stunned their in-state rivals with a 4-1 win.
The home team started this one off on the right note with a goal from Colton Leiter.
However, the Seawolves tied it up at the end of the first with a powerplay goal from Eric Sinclair.
UAA then scored three unanswered goals, one in the second and two in the third, to put the Nanooks away.
Seawolf Goaltender Kristian Stead earned 26 saves in the win while Nikolas Koberstein, and Steven Jandric assisted Leiter on the lone Nook Goal.
Penalties were a major factor in this one.
UAA had five powerplay opportunities and scored on two of them, while the Nanooks were held scoreless on their four chances with the extra man.
Going back to last season, this is UAA's third consecutive win over the Nooks. Now that they find themselves in a one-game deficit, Head Coach Erik Largen knows how his team has to improve as the four game Gov Cup series rolls on.
"I mean, we've got to clean some stuff up on the penalty kill and be better at that. But, I think we just have to get back our foundation. We have to make sure that we're playing hard for 60 minutes, we have to be out-working them and out-skating them. I think that's going to translate into special teams play too. You can look at the special teams play and see we were outscored 2-0 and have that be the main factor, but I think at the end of the day you earn your opportunities, and I just didn't think we earned it in the second period enough to have that," said Largen.
The Nooks will take on the Seawolves in game two of the Governor's Cup tonight in the Carlson Center.
Games three and four will be held in Anchorage at the end of the season.