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 alaskananooks.com.