Nanooks Hockey returns to the Carlson Center
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) -After over a year of hiatus caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the UAF Nanooks are finally back where they belong, playing hockey on the Carlson Center ice!
The Nanooks made their debut for the 2021-2022 season at the Carlson Center Friday night (Sept. 24) for the Blue and Gold game. This self contained game showcased what the ‘nooks had to bring to the ice this year as the respective blue and gold teams were comprised of two halves of the whole team. This event was only supposed to last one night and UAF was going to face off against Simon Fraser University (B.C.) on Saturday night, but due to travel restrictions Simon Fraser faces that game had to be cancelled. Instead, UAF held a part two of the Blue and Gold game.
The first night was unorthodox consisting of two halves, each 25 minutes long, and a 40 minute half-time where youth hockey players and Nanook skills were showcased. In the first half the Blue team took a one point lead over the Gold reaching 2-1 by half-time. In the second half however, the Gold team stacked on three more goals ending the game 2-4, Gold coming victorious.
The next game was held in a standard three period format. The first period 2-1 in favor of Gold with goals by Payton Matsui for the Blue while Chase Dubois and Connor Mylymok for the Gold. It wouldn’t be until the third period that number changed when Nátán Vertes and Eriks Zohovs added two more for the Gold ending the game 4-1. All in all, the Gold team is crowned champions of the weekend.
Now between all the puck play, the players performed in some skills exhibition displaying their ability to maneuver the ice, their sticks, and the puck. There were shootouts, relays, and slap shot challenges that each of players would answer, and a chance to skate with the players after the game. It’s easy to say the Nanooks had a splendid and joyful return to the place where they belong and to the ice they call home.
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