A couple of penalties on the Nanooks in the first period, with the first one of the season to Kaare Odegard, which resulted in a power play goal for Stephen Carew, from John Kruse just 12 seconds later. It didn't take long for the Nanooks to rebound though.
|Cody Kunyk Scores Goal # 1|
The second period opened up quite a bit more. Passing efficiency increased, they picked up speed, and obviously so did the scoring.
|Colton Beck gets goal # 2|
|Just before Yaremchuk puts it in the net.|
|Nanooks crash the net and get some good pressure.|
|Nanook captain, #9 Kevin Petovello|
But the Nanooks weren't finished yet. Senior captain Kevin Petovello, had some serious wheels tonight, by the way, buried a rebound off of a shot from Aaron Gens and put it in to close out the scoring for the night.
To me, the game got off to a bit of a rough start. Again, I thought Air Force contained the 'Nooks well and didn't give them much, but our guys have to keep the puck moving and maintain possession to beat North Dakota. The best way to win against a team like that is to limit their chances and keep the puck away from them and out of the defensive zone, but to do that, you have to maintain possession under pressure, which the 'Nooks had trouble doing.
|Kevin Petovello buries goal #5.|
Congratulations to UAA to turn a slaughterhouse into a game. Down 5-1, they rallied for 4 unanswered goals to go into a tie, 5-5. While North Dakota would win the shootout, UAA still made something out of nothing, and looked good doing it, especially for a young team. That's all I'll say. See you at the games. Be sure to check out my Twitter feed for live coverage. Don't forget about streaming audio feed from Bruce Cech.
Photos by mmf.
|Cody Kunyk centers a pass to linemate Colton Beck|
|Ronnie Meyers gets it out of the corner|
|Junior goaltender Scott Greenham robs #9 Kyle DeLaurell of Air Force|
|Derek Klassen beats Falcon netminder David Bosner gloveside.|