Saturday, October 11, 2014

GAME DAY - Kendall Classic Game 3, Nanooks vs Maine Black Bears

Game Day

Alaska Nanooks (1-0-0) vs Maine Black Bears (0-1-0)
4:07PM AKST - Sullivan Arena, Anchorage, AK

Live | Live AudioKCBF 820 Sports | 820 AM Fairbanks

Live Internet Video ($12): WCHA TV

Twitter: @NanookHockey

Big night last night for the 'Nooks shutting out Wisconsin. Not a lot of offensive results, despite a lot of chances and production opportunities. Credit Wisconsin's defense, and Landon Peterson stood on his head at times despite giving up some chances. The game should have ended 2-0, as the official waved off a clear goal from Basara. But his vantage point didn't see that Peterson lost control of the puck and dropped it right in the crease.

Nonetheless, a win is a win. The Seawolves took care of the Black Bears last night as well in a 3-1 win. I stuck around for the first two periods and saw the penalty-ridden game go up to a 2-1 Seawolves advantage. I thought Maine looked a lot faster than Anchorage, but the 'Wolves countered that with efficient puck movement and got Maine a little bit off their game. Timing just didn't seem like it was there for the Black Bears.

The Nanooks have another challenge in front of them as the Black Bears don't want to trek back across the country empty handed. Maine's Matt Morris got the call last night between the pipes, making 26 saves on 29 shots. Looking at Maine's line chart, it appears that rookie Sean Romeo is getting the start tonight. Romeo, a 6' 1" tendy, played last season for the USHL's Youngstown Phantoms going 8-21-1 with a 3.42 GAA and a .891 save percentage. Peter Krieger knows this guy a bit too, in one game against Youngstown back in January, Krieger and the Waterloo Black Hawks put up 4 goals on him, with Krieger's name attached to 3 of them. One as the scorer, and two assists. Krieger also registered a team high 6 shots in that game. Should be a fun story to watch, and see if Petey nabs one.

A few lineup changes for the 'Nooks tonight. A few 'Nooks missed out in last nights game due to illness as it turns out. Josh Erickson, Alec Hajdukovich, and J.D. Peterson jump back in. I thought Hajdukovich looked really good against WOU in the exhibition last week. Erickson of course has always had that motor that never quits, just like Nolan Youngmun. And you guessed it, they're paired together.

I thought the 4th line guys last night played outstanding for the times they had on the ice and really made the difference in my mind. The more quality minutes those guys can get, takes that much more time off the shoulders of the top guys to get some more rest. Should be intriguing.

Without further ado, the Nanooks' lines tonight.

F1 Garrick Perry (A) - Peter Krieger - Marcus Basara
F2 Brandon Morley - Colton Sparrow - Nolan Huysmans
F3 Jared Larson - Shawn Hochhausen - Austin Vieth
F4 Nolan Youngmun - Josh Erickson - Alec Hajdukovich

D1 Kyle Froese - Colton Parayko (C)
D2 J.D. Peterson - Trevor Campbell
D3 Josh Atkinson - Nolan Kaiser

G1 Davis Jones
G2 Sean Cahill

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