The Alaska Nanooks sort of split the series against the #9 Denver Pioneers

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The Alaska Nanooks have had a rough start to their season, facing off against some of the best teams on the DI hockey scene.
They have faced nationally ranked St. Cloud State Huskies and the Denver Pioneers, and the young squad has taken their lumps from these top notch programs.
The Nooks faced Denver and walked away with a series full of growth and learning.
In Game One, the Nanooks scored early against the Pioneers with Colton Leiter getting a goal halfway through the first period off of passes from Steven Jandric and Max Newton.
However, Denver turned it around with three goals in the final four minutes of the period.
They then scored in the final moments of the third to go up 4-1 and close out the Nooks.
Game Two was a different story, as Alaska's offense were propelled by their special teams to a 3-3 tie.
Kylar Hope scored in the first for the Nanooks, followed by Ryker Leer scoring a power play goal.
Then in the second, Leiter scored on a power play as well to put the Nanooks up 3-oh on the ninth ranked Pioneers.
After giving up a goal in the second, Alaska failed to hold their lead in the final two minutes of the third, allowing two goals from Denver to tie it up.
The Nanooks ended their five game losing streak to start the new season, and are now 0-5-1.
They now prepare for their conference matchups against the Minnesota State Mavericks this weekend.