The Alaska Nanooks sweep the Alabama Huntsville Chargers

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The Alaska Nanooks hockey program swept the Alabama Huntsville Chargers over the weekend as their special teams showed up in a big way.
The Nooks took Game 1 3-1 over the Chargers, thanks to a strong second period which saw them breakthrough.
After being down heading into the second, Alaska got a power play goal from Kylar Hope and was followed up by Colton Leiter to make it 2-1.
The final frame then had Max Newton find the back of the net to give the Nooks the 2 goal lead.
Alaska's final two goals came off of a passes from Nikolas Koberstein and Chad Staley, but the bigger story has been the emergence of Anton Martinsson.
The goalie who had been peppered with shots throughout his career in Fairbanks turned up the heat with a masterful performance facing 16 power play shots and not allowing a single one in.
In total he had 30 saves as the Nooks looked to maintain the momentum to sweep Alabama Huntsville.
The Nooks did exactly that taking Game 2 with a thunderous 5-2 score.
Alaska did it behind their special teams yet again, as this time they knocked in 4 power play goals.
It started in the first as Tyler Cline scored early in the opening period, then the second frame happened.
Colton Leiter, Tristan Thompson and Max Newton all scored on power plays to put Alaska up 4-2 heading into the third.
Chad Staley followed up with a goal in the final frame to put this game to rest.
The defense was on fire on Saturday holding the Chargers to only 19 shots, while offense got 32 in total.
This improves the Nanooks' record to 8-11-1-1 with 26 points in the WCHA.
They currently sit in seventh in the conference and head into the bye week until they face the Anchorage Seawolves for the Governor's Cup starting on February 8 at 7:07 p.m. at the Carlson Center.
Tristan Thompson was named defensive player of the week while two former Nanooks are being inducted into the Fairbanks Hockey Hall of Fame.
Both Taylor Munson and Justin Woods will be honored over the upcoming weekend.
Both played locally, joined the Ice Dogs and played for the Nooks.
Woods was the first Fairbanks born captain for the Alaska Nanooks in program history.