Nanook Corner: UAF hockey eyes to stay atop the WCHA standings this weekend
The Nanook Hockey season is in full swing, and after eight conference games, UAF is sitting pretty with 15 points, tied for first in the WCHA. They look good in the standings, but on a series-to-series basis, the Nanooks have had trouble putting together a complete weekend. Alaska has split the last five series they've played, dating back to mid-October, when they split with Nationally ranked Penn State. Part of the inconsistency lies on special teams, as the Nanooks are 3 for 61 (0.049) on the power play this year, the third worst percentage in Division I hockey. Head Coach Erik Largen spoke about what needs to turn around to complete another sweep.
"Score a power play goal, that'd be nice," Coach Largen said with a laugh. "I think the consistency in our game right now; we need to find a little bit more. I think on Friday night, we didn't have the little bit of that extra effort to be able to get on the inside. Scoring chances were eight to six, which is extremely low. The second night I think we had more of that mentality where we were going to fight to get in the front of the net and we were able to score two goals 5 on 5 and think that just bled over into the rest of the game for the rest of the night."
The 'Nooks will look to try and make these adjustments when they take on Ferris State this weekend. There is a couple things beyond the power play that Coach Largen would like to see improve.
"Well special teams has to be really good, that is first and foremost. The second piece is just continuing with our offensive zone play, I thought it has gotten better and better," Largen added. "The way Ferris [State] defends, I think we have an opportunity to be able to create some offense off of our low play, so that is something we have been working on and focusing on this week."
UAF looks to remain atop the standings with some big points this weekend. Puck drops on Friday and Saturday at 7:07 p.m. at the Carlson Center.