The #12 ranked Denver Pioneers came to the Carlson Center last night to take on the Alaska Nanooks in the second game of the Alaska Goal Rush tournament. The Nooks played Denver tough, but fell behind 2-0 in the second period. A goal late in period two halved the deficit. That was the first goal Denver goalie Sam Brittain had given up this year, and the first goal in 193 mins 49 secs going back to last year. Thankfully, Alaska wasn’t finished.
Cody Kunyk, showing great patience with the puck, moved in toward the net firing a wrist shot that beat Brittain for a PPG in the third to tie things up at 2.
Then with 25 seconds left in OT, Gerrick Perry, with a phenomenal effort, scored the game winner.
Freshman Davis Jones, in his very first game for Alaska, played extremely well in net, getting his first collegiate win.
A big win against a ranked team.
In game one, the Western Michigan Broncos beat the Alaska-Anchorage Seapuppies 6-2 in front of a very sparse crowd. Only a small handful of Anchorage fans made the trip to support a team that was off to its best start in 17 years.
Tonight it’s Alaska vs Western Michigan for the tournament title.
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