FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The Alaska Nanooks hockey program went into a two game series against the Northern Michigan Wildcats, however the Nooks were swept in the Carlson Center.
The Nooks struggled mightily in Game 1 against the Wildcats as they fell 4-0 with their offense falling silent on Friday night.
They were outshot 35-20, as the night didn't start off pretty for the Nooks gave up a goal 51 seconds into the first period.
Northern Michigan made it 2-0 late in the first, as Alaska couldn't find any footing against their WHCA foe.
The Wildcats scored again in the second and then a short hander in the third.
The penalties have been a problem for the Nooks, as they had 16 minutes in the penalty box.
Head Coach Erik Largen spoke afterwards.
"We've got to clean some stuff up with some angling," began Erik Largen; "and being a little bit more aggressive. We had one guy on the puck and two and three were bit too late, and all of a sudden we were chasing back in our zone. We've got to be better on the defensive zone and shut down plays a little bit quicker. We struggled to get the puck past the red line so we couldn't get fresh troops on the ice."
The Nooks looked to bounce back in Game 2 against the Wildcats, and it looked great early on as the defense showed up to limit their opponent's attack and Troy Van Tetering scored in the second to give them the advantage.
However, Alaska's biggest Achilles heel came up in the third period, as they gave up a power play hat trick to the Wildcats who scored three straight on special teams.
Penalties once again held the Nanooks back, as they faced a 5 on 3 moment, and gave up four goals in the third.
The Nooks drop to 4-9-1-1 in the WCHA, and Largen spoke after the game about the penalties.
"I mean some of those calls were a little bit marginal in my opinion, but at the end of the day they were penalties," said Erik Largen. "We've got to figure out how to weather it on the penalty kill, but again I thought we were resilient and were able to bounce back. When we got down 5 on 3, and they got a couple of bounces and they scored. But you know our guys regrouped and this line had a really nice shift to finish with that second goal. On the 6 on 5, we had a really nice look from Leiter and just missed an opportunity, so I liked our resiliency and Northern Michigan is a really good team, but I thought we did really good job on the 5 on 5."