UAF Takes Three of Four Against RPI
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - On Friday, the 10th of December the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute came to Fairbanks to start a four game series of college hockey against the Alaska Nanooks.
Game one was a loss for UAF. The Engineers scored twice in the first, once on a powerplay and held the Nanooks scoreless until the third. During the third period RPI scored again early on. Late in the third however, Garrett Pyke found the net giving UAF something other than a goose egg but Pyke would be answered minutes later before game end. RPI took the W with a score of 4 to 1.
Significant line changes were made going into the second game on Saturday however. These changes would prove to be beneficial however. Filip Forna-Svennson made the first goal of the game in the first period, unassisted and short handed. In the second, it was Simon Falk finding the net with an assist by Markus Komuls. And with the arrival of the third period RPI still hadn’t put the puck passed Gustavs Grigals, however the Nanooks were still searching for more scores as a college hockey is all about getting to three goals first. This pursuit would fall into favor for UAF as Jordan Muzzilo scored in the third period followed ten minutes later by Didrik Henbrant. Grigals made 27 saves and never let a single puck pass his glove meaning that UAF took the win sweeping the Engineers 4 and 0.
48 hours later, these two team reconvened back at the Carlson Center. On Tuesday it was the Engineers making the first move in the first period, but wouldn’t get a chance to gloat in glory as UAF responded with two goals before period end. Those marks came from Chase Dubois and Brady Risk. Rensselaer answered back to the second goal, with a second goal, in the second period and held the Nanooks on the defensive. But, UAF came back to slay their opponent with one final blow in the third period the goal came from heavy hitter Connor Mylymok who was assisted by Colin Doyle and Caleb Hite. This marked the second win against RPI ending 3-2.
UAF pushed over their final hump on Wednesday. In the last game of the series, the guys were ready to go, pumped and hungry, howling in the locker room with a predatory look in their eyes. The fired onto the ice in the first period taking the first and sole goal score of the period. That goal was made by Garrett Pyke. RPI responded in the second period, only to be pushed back down on to the ice as Chase Dubois took a chunk of the net with assistance from Jacob Lee and Shane Sellar. In the third the Nanooks put in one last push and placed the puck past Rensselaer’s net minder twice in to end the game 4 and 1. Colin Doyle and Didrik Henbrant tallied on the last two tacks, with Henbrant’s score coming out of an empty net.
In most college hockey weekends, you either split, sweep, or get swept. Coach Largen was pleased to see his very young and inexperienced team start to gain chemistry and gel well on the ice.
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