Friday, February 1, 2013

Series Preview - Round 2 with the RedHawks

Game Day Info

Date: Fri., Feb. 1/Sat., Feb. 2
Time: 3:35 p.m. AKT/ 3:05 p.m. AKT (7:35/7:05 p.m. EST)
Venue: Steve Cady Arena, Goggin Ice Center , Oxford, OH
Live Stats:
Live Audio: KCBF 820 Sports
Live Video:
Twitter: @NanookHockey
Radio: 820 AM Fairbanks
TV: KFXF Fox 7 Fairbanks (Live in HD)

First of all, shout out to Chris Brooks at the athletic department for putting these awesome videos together. Really cool features for the program with quality production. Well done!

Looking at this series with Miami, the RedHawks are a very tough team. They exhibited that when they visited Fairbanks in the first half of the season, routing the Nanooks 9-2 on the weekend as the Nanooks sank further into their December slump.

Certainly a different story for round 2, as the Nanooks have earned some confidence and have positioned themselves really well to compete with the best teams in the country. The Nanooks have swept Notre Dame on the road in South Bend just two weeks ago. A large part of the recent success has been the CCHA Rookie of the Month in between the pipes for Alaska in John Keeney. He's developed very well in the past few weeks and has emerged as the number one guy in goal for the 'Nooks.

Keeney led the nation in wins during the month of January with 6, and a 2.17 goals against average with a .915 save percentage. And as the guys in the video said, he's made a lot of crucial saves when needed and he's done a great job of keeping the team in the game. 

From a matchup perspective, the Nanooks and RedHawks matchup very closely in terms of size and speed. However the first matchup, the RedHawks were the first team I've seen this season physically out skate this Nanooks team in the first half. Definitely a rejuvenated Nanooks squad this time around and this series will certainly be a measuring stick of the Nanooks squad going forward.

The lineup tonight is unchanged from Saturday's game versus NMU, which seemed to click very well and has been the base lineup for Ferguson during this stretch.

F1 Colton Beck (A) - Cody Kunyk - Andy Taranto (A)
F2 Jarret Granberg - Tyler Morley - Nik Yaremchuk
F3 Garrick Perry - Adam Henderson (C) - Nolan Huysmans
F4 Nolan Youngmun - Matt Friese - Richard Coyne

D1 Michael Quinn - Colton Parayko
D2 Josh Atkinson - Trevor Campbell
D3 Kaare Odegard - Nolan Kaiser

G1 John Keeney
G2 Steve Thompson

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