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Friday, October 30, 2009

Alaska Nanooks vs. Ferris State Bulldogs

Good evening (if you are in Alaska) and thanks for tuning in for the pregame of the Alaska Nanooks game against CCHA foe Ferris State. This will be the first CCHA matchup this year for both teams so it should be interesting to see how both teams play.

Not sure if there will be a live blog in game but I will try and get in between periods to give you some tidbits of information and what is going on.

Here are some pictures of early in the contest, probably before you were able to see with your own eyes.

Here is our view from up perched up high at the Carlson Center

and another behind the home team goal

The scoreboard at the Carlson pitting the two teams who will battle tonight

The lineups for both teams are as followed:

Ferris State




and for your Nanooks

Yaremchuk-Dion Knelsen-Taranto

D. Molle-Enders
B. Molle-Odegard


Some statistics that you might find interesting:

Power Play
Alaska - 16.7% (4 for 24)
Ferris State - 18.8% (6 for 32)

Penalty Kill
Alaska - 94.3 % (33 for 25)
Ferris State - 100% (13 for 13)

The referees decide to come grace the ice with their skates

The rival Bulldogs take the ice

A few pictures of your Nanooks on the ice

You knew it was coming. Pregame. Large Polar Bear with players coming out of the mouth. You love it.

Sorry folks. No live blog tonight. You can, however, follow the game on Twitter at Alaska Nanooks

I will be back periodically. Stayed tuned to both here and Twitter for updates.

First Intermission

The Nanooks fell behind early but fought back for a 1-1 tie at the intermission.

Blair Riley scored for Ferris State at the 14:31 mark to make it 1-0 Ferris State but then Nik Yaremchuk scored with 1.1 seconds left in the period, on the power play, to tie the score.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Nanooks down CWU video

Here are some video clips courtosy of Jaime Schwartzwald

Great clips from Jaime and a great win for the Alaska Nanooks Volleyball team

Monday, October 26, 2009

Alaska Volleyball defeats Central Washington

The Alaska Nanook volleyball team snapped a five-match losing streak by defeating the Central Washington Wildcats 3-2 Saturday night at the Patty Center. The Nanooks clawed back from a 9-6 deficit in the fifth set to capture their first win in a month and improve their record to 9-12 overall and 3-7 in the GNAC.

The Nanooks fell behind early in the first set 5-0 but responded with a 5-point run of their own to tie the set at five all. The Nanooks out hit the Wildcats .235-.143 but could not close out the set as Central Washington went on a 4-1 run after the score was deadlocked at 21.

Alaska continued their strong play in the second set as they raced out to a 17-11 lead and never looked back. The Nanooks used six kills by Megan Thigpen and seven digs from Jennifer Holland to win the set 25-18, and tie the match heading into the intermission. They out hit the Wildcats .250-.047 in the tying set.

Not to be outdone, the Wildcats responded and took set three by the score of 25-19. The Nanooks committed ten hitting errors in the set as the Wildcats regained the lead 2-1.

The fourth set looked to be a fight to the finish, until Alaska fell behind mid-way through the third set 17-14; however, the fight was note done as the Blue and Gold ran off eight of the next nine points to win the set 25-18 and force the deciding fifth set. Heather Lyons led the way offensively for the Nanooks with six kills and only one of the Nanooks five errors. Erica Gage also had a very strong set as she contributed three blocks and two kills.

With the Wildcats holding a 9-6 advantage in the final frame the Nanooks reeled off four straight points capped off by a double-block from Megan Thigpen and Heather Lyons, to take their first lead of the set. Central Washington regained the lead late at 14-12 before the Nanooks would make their final stand. With the score tied at 14 back-to-back blocks by Thigpen and Jessica Hill clinched the Nanooks victory 16-14.

Lyons led the Nanooks with a double-double (17 kills and 15 digs) and added five block assists teams 13 blocks. Thigpen (16) and Melissa Refuerzo (12) also registered double-figure kills, helping the Nanooks out hit the Wildcats .203-.094.

Alexa Sherman posted a double-double with match-highs in assists (53) and digs (20). Jennifer Holland had 18 digs in the backcourt, while Thigpen chipped in 14. Four different Nanooks had five or more blocks led by junior Erica Gage with a match-high 8. Thigpen, Hill and Lyons each had five blocks in the win.

Central Washington was led by Kady Try who posted 18 kills and 12 digs, while Meg Ryan and Erin Norris had 14 and 10 kills, respectively. Brandie Vea added 18 digs and Carlee Marble had 42 assists in the loss.

Great win for the ladies. They have been on the verge and just came up short in the recent past and it was good for them to go out and close a game.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Video Roster

You can now check out the Nanooks roster via video online!

All you need to do is go to the Alaska Nanooks website, go to the hockey page and click on the roster and you can watch all of the players introduce themselves.


Sunday, October 18, 2009

2009 Brice Alaska Goal Rush Champions

Last night the Alaska Nanooks won the Brice Alaska Goal Rush with Alaska Anchorage finishing runner up. Here is a video from Jamie Schwartzwald:

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Video Highlights

Here are some video highlights from last nights 4-2 Nanook victory over Robert Morris University in the Brice Alaska Goal Rush. Special thanks to Jamie Schwartzwald for putting this together and sharing it. Enjoy.

Also fans remember that if you have pictures that you would like to share from games or events you can send them into and we will try to get some up from time to time.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Robert Morris @ Alaska Live Game Blog

Welcome to the Carlson Center for tonight's matchup as well see Robert Morris (0-0-0) go up against the Nanooks of Alaska (2-0-0). Alaska is coming off a steller performance last weekend beating #3 Michigan 2-0 and Mercyhurst 5-1 to win the tournament down in Anchorage.

Sorry for the late start to things, would have been some sweet pictures but I forgot my cable at home, so you will have to wait until next home game.

Click the jump for the action!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Greenham earns POW

The Central Collegiate Hockey Association announced today that Alaska sophomore Scott Greenham (Addison, ON) has been selected as the conference’s goalie of the week, for the week ending October 11.

Greenham stopped 43 of the 44 shots he faced in wins over Michigan and Mercyhurst to help his team capture the Kendall Hockey Classic title for the second straight year. He made 23 stops in a 2-0 shutout victory over Michigan on Friday night and rebounded with a 20 save performance in a 5-1 victory over Mercyhusrt on Saturday night.

Greenham started the season without letting up a goal in over 116 minutes of play before Mercyhurst scored a lone goal in the third period on Saturday. Greenham improved his career record to 5-0-1 while assisting on a goal in the Nanooks win over Mighigan.

On Friday, the Nanooks used goals from Joe Sova and Chad Gehon to capture a non-conference victory. Justin Filzen, Ron Meyers and Greenham all picked up assists while Greenham turned away all 23 shots for his first career shutout.

Saturday’s game saw the Blue and Gold jump out to a 4-0 lead through two period to cruise to a 5-1 victory. The Nanooks shut down the Mercyhurst power play allowing no goals on four attempts and limiting the Lakers to only four shots. Dion Knelsen tallied four points (2g, 2a) and Cody Butcher netted the eventual game winner.

This is Greenham’s second CCHA player of the week award. Last season he earned CCHA Goalie of the Week for the week of October 14-20.

The Blue and Gold return to Fairbanks to host the second annual Brice Alaska Goal Rush on Oct. 16-17, when Alaska Anchorage, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Robert Morris join the Nanooks at the Carlson Center. Friday UAA opens tournament play against RPI at 4:05 p.m. and the Nanooks take on RMU at 7:35 p.m. Saturday the Seawolves meet RMU at 3:05 p.m. and Alaska faces RPI in the final game at 6:35 p.m.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Nanooks Claim Title

The Alaska Nanooks won their second game in as many days and captured the Kendall Hockey Classic crown by defeating the Mercyhurst Lakers by the score of 5-1. Classic Most Outstanding Player Scott Greenham made 20 saves for his second win of the weekend.

The Nanooks scored the first four goals of the game before finally surrendering their first goal of the Classic at the 3:11 mark of the third period. Dion Knelsen and Cody Butcher each scored power-play goals on an extended power play in the second period to give the Nanooks all they needed for the victory. Knelsen added the Nanooks third goal of the period at the 12:31 mark for his second of the night before Ron Meyers finished off the scoring with two seconds left in the second period for the 4-0 lead. Scott Enders finished off the scoring in the third period for Alaska.

Knelsen led the way with four points on the night (2g, 2a each) while Andy Taranto chipped in a pair of assists and Joe Sova and Dustin Sather each picked up assists for the Nanooks.

Goaltender Scott Greenham was named the tournaments most valuable player while Dion Knelsen and Joe Sova each earned all-tournament honors for Alaska.

The Blue and Gold return to Fairbanks to host the second annual Brice Alaska Goal Rush on Oct. 16-17, when Alaska Anchorage, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Robert Morris join the Nanooks at the Carlson Center. Friday UAA opens tournament play against RPI at 4:05 p.m. and the Nanooks take on RMU at 7:35 p.m. Saturday the Seawolves meet RMU at 3:05 p.m. and Alaska faces RPI in the final game at 6:35 p.m.
All tournament action will be videostreamed live on the B2 Networks. Live coverage links via video, audio and statistics are housed in the multimedia section of

Saturday, October 3, 2009

SAIT @ Alaska

Welcome to the Carlson Center for beginning of the 2009-2010 hockey season. We have just started with the whole blogging thing so we are going to try and bring you live game updates of your Alaska Nanooks throughout this season when it is possible.

We are a little late to the show here today as we had other obligations but we will try and be here to serve you for the second and third period of this hockey game.

After one we have a 2-0 lead for your Nanooks. Cody Butcher got Alaska on the board first with a power play goal and Derek Klassen found the back of the net for the second Nanook goal.

Hit the jump for the game