Special Olympics host Nanook Hockey team in annual Floor Hockey Game

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Earlier this week, the Alaska Nanook Hockey team faced off against the Special Olympics in their annual Floor Hockey Game.
For the second consecutive year, this one went to a shootout, with the Special Olympics team taking home the W.
The Tanana Valley Flames jumped out to a 3-1 lead, but the Nooks were able to battle back and tie it up.
The Nanooks built a lead of their own, but the Flames came back to tie it up at five and force Overtime.
Both teams were scoreless through OT, so they went into a shootout, where the Flames secured their win.
Next up for the Tanana Valley Chapter of the Special Olympics will be the state Floor Hockey Games in Anchorage, but according to Mary Bunten, this is the game that the athletes look forward to the most.
"Oh my god, these guys from the very first practice 'When are we playing the Nanooks? When are we playing the Nanooks?' And I keep having to tell them that it's not until February to get them focused and stuff. They just love it. That is the highlight of their season. Who cares about state games, it's about playing the Nanooks. It's awesome to see them integrate, play together, and just have a blast doing it," said Bunten.