Alaska Nanooks vs Ohio State Buckeyes
7:05PM AKST - Carlson Center, Fairbanks, Alaska
Live Video ($7): AmericaOneSports.com | Radio: 820 AM Fairbanks
The Nanooks come in after a disheartening sweep at the hands of the Miami RedHawks in Oxford last week, but the Nanooks will have a home ice advantage this time to exact revenge against the state of Ohio. This meeting versus tOSU will be the last of the CCHA, and I know I've said that a lot, but it remains true this weekend (and really every weekend until the end of the season).
Anyway, Brady Hjelle in goal for Ohio State is as good as any goaltender right now, as he's backstopped the Buckeyes to a 4 game unbeaten streak with 2 wins against Lake Superior, and a win and a tie last week against Notre Dame.
With that success, the Buckeyes have climbed to the number 5 spot, just one ahead of the Nanooks. The Buckeyes haven't had as much offensive success this season in conference, but the Buckeyes are 2nd in the CCHA in team defense with 1.85 goals allowed per game.
The Nanooks will be tested, but it proves to be a most intriguing series. John Keeney starts in goal tonight. And unfortunately, the Nanooks have lost our top scoring defenseman in Trevor Campbell possibly until the playoffs according to Dallas Ferguson. Nolan Kaiser also sits out this weekend due to injury, so Richard Coyne will again step in again on defense back at his normal position, paired tonight with Michael Quinn. Colton Parayko will fill in with Josh Atkinson on that second pairing.
With that, here are the Nanooks lines after the break...
F1 36 Colton Beck (A) - 37 Cody Kunyk - 29 Andy Taranto (A)
F2 17 Jarret Granberg - 27 Tyler Morley - 7 Nik Yaremchuk
F3 12 Garrick Perry - 14 Adam Henderson (C) - 24 Nolan Huysmans
F4 25 Nolan Youngmun - 20 Matt Friese - 11 Alec Hajdukovich
D1 6 Michael Quinn - 5 Richard Coyne
D2 22 Josh Atkinson - 4 Colton Parayko
D3 13 Kaare Odegard (A) - 10 JD Peterson
G1 39 John Keeney
G2 1 Steve Thompson