Fairbanks, Alaska (KTVF) The Alaska Nanooks hockey program earned a 3-1 win over the Bemidji State Beavers to avenge their Game 1 loss.
The Nooks were led by their special teams and the goalkeeping from senior Anton Martinsson. Martinsson finished the night with 37 saves while the special teams combined for two goals. The first came off Tristan Thompson on a short hander in the opening period, while Tyler Cline hit an empty netter on a power play.
“It all comes down to sacrifice,” said Martinsson after the Nanooks won 3-1 over BSU. “We do a lot of game prep before, the coaches providing us the information before and everyone is just buying in.”
The special teams defense stepped up shutting out Bemidji 0-7 on penalty kills. This included numerous saves from Martinsson while the Beavers peppered the defense with shot after shot.
“Nerve wracking. It was good, the PK’s [Penalty Kill] been good all year. Had a couple of hiccups every once and a while,” said UAF Head Coach Erik Largen. “Our goaltending is good, so when your goaltending is good your PK is usually pretty good.”
Alaska improves to 4-2 in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, putting them into first place tie with the Northern Michigan Wildcats.
The Nanooks now prepare for a non-conference series against the Arizona State Sun Devils at the Carlson Center in Fairbanks, Alaska. The last time these two teams played each other, the Nooks were swept by ASU last year.