FAIRBANKS, Alaska - In this week's Beyond the Scoreboard we take a look into the final leg of the 2019 Governor's Cup between the Anchorage Seawolves and the Alaska Nanooks.
The Alaska Nanooks hockey program are on the road for their final two games of the regular season with a date against the Anchorage Seawolves.
This is the final leg of the Governor's Cup, as both teams sit at 1-1 in the Battle of Alaska. Head Coach Erik Largen spoke about the Nooks heading into this all important matchup.
"I think our guys will be ready, it'll just be a really competitive series and both teams are going to lay it out on the line this weekend,” said Largen.
This is the final rodeo for the seniors on the Nanooks, as they hit the ice in the state of Alaska for the final time. Ryker Leer, Chad Staley, Nikolas Koberstein and Jack Weiss put on the blue and gold one last time against their bitter rivals. But they gave their final regards to the Carlson Center and their time with the Nooks last week.
"I can't speak for the rest of the guys, but I went out there and just played loose tonight and kind of let it hang out . You know things work out, sometimes things work out that way. That's a great effort by all the boys. It was a huge win, it goes to show that we can beat anyone in this country. Top 5 team or whatever they are great team effort, good team win for us,” said Weiss.
"You know I just say, we're all pretty excited to play our last game here, it's a little bittersweet, but I felt confident heading into it cause time and time again when we lay an egg in a game we, with our backs against the wall we show up and that just shows the character we have in this room and I'm just really proud of that tonight,” said Staley.
"You want to beat a team like that heading into the playoffs to prove to not only your fans and your team that you're not just here to go one round, we're here to go two or three rounds so it's good to get that for the group,” said Leer.
"Yeah, I like them what those guys said, it's a little sad that it's your last game in the Carlson Center but we were all smiles heading into that game. That this is a playoff push and it's not over yet. You got to out and make something happen," said Koberstein.
The Nanooks are looking at the playoffs, but in front of them is the Gov Cup, a trophy they have won for the past nine years over the Seawolves. And Largen now heads into the crucial battle with two games left.
"Yeah I think that for our group it's playoff hockey with it, there's a trophy on the line, you know with a chance to be able to bring it back to Fairbanks for the tenth straight year and we know that they have been gearing up for this weekend all season long and they know we know they are going to be excited with an opportunity to end that streak we have to be at our best against a very tough team,” said Largen.
Game Three starts tomorrow at 7:07 P.M. in Anchorage.