Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Nanooks Take Down Clarkson 3-1

Looking to rebound after the loss to St. Cloud, the Nanooks came to the Sullivan with a mission. Win. And win they did. In a game of tight checking and low scoring chances, the Nanooks prevailed in their first ever game against the Golden Knights of Clarkson University.

In the first period, the 'Nooks took it to Clarkson, controlling possession and creating chances. The chance that counted came on the rush as Colton Beck, Jarret Granberg, and Andy Taranto were coming hard to the net. Beck put the puck on net, and caught a redirection off of a defenders stick. The goal was initially given to Granberg, who was mixing things up in the middle. However, the video showed that the puck actually gleaned off of the stick of the defender before it hit the net (Update: another scoring change gives the goal to Andy Taranto, with assists from Beck and Kaiser). Scott Greenham was also credited with an assist to keep his Kendall scoring streak alive. The senior netminder has registered 3 points in his career thus far, and all of them have come during games at the Kendall Classic. An interesting stat... (Sorry Scottie...)

In the second, Clarkson captialized on a delayed penalty while on an existing power play. Ronnie Meyers had a decent shorthanded chance up the ice, but got his stick caught in a skate and subsequently nabbed for tripping. During the delayed penalty, Clarkson forced a game of keep away, and Clarkson center Ben Sexton faked out Tateson on a drop pass to Nick Tremblay to knot it at 1 a piece. The Nanooks did continue to outshoot the Golden Knights 13-6 in that period, despite the scoring differential. And honestly, it was a pretty slick play on Clarkson's part.

After that, Clarkson got a lot more aggressive as they smelled blood from the Nanooks' netminder, but Scottie stood strong, recording 16 saves after that goal. But the offense fed off of that energy and took right back to the Golden Knights, starting with the eventual game winner coming off a booming shot from the point by Scott Enders. The puck crossed paths with Nik Yaremchuk just outside the slot, and he masterfully deflected it just in front of the goal to beat Karpowich. Colton Beck dashed a bit of salt in the wounds to seal the deal a bit later, blasting a shot off a feed from behind the net courtesy of Andy Taranto. Beck wound up and blasted it into the net to send the Golden Knights home 0-1-1 on their first ever trip to Alaska.

I really did mean to get this post up quite a bit sooner. A lot has happened between Saturday and now, but I hope to get a preview up for the Goal Rush this weekend by tomorrow. Stay tuned...

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