In honor of throw back weekend at the UAF campus, I thought I’d post a photo of Don Lucia when he coached the Nanooks. Lucia would go on to coach Colorado College, and he is the current coach of the Minnesota Golden Gophers.
Lucia also coached the Nanooks when their home rink was the Patty Ice Arena on campus. Alaska returned to campus to take on Mercyhurst this weekend, and the team sported throw-back jerseys from the 1980-81 team, complete with the old UAF logo and the walking bear.
It’s definitely old school at the Patty. No replay… for fans or officials, no big screen, no out of town scores, and no shots on goal posted either, which was the only thing that frustrated me. Still, it was fun to see an actual game there.
The Nanooks came out strong, taking a 1-0 lead and the arena was rocking. Then it got ugly. Terrible play and costly turnovers by Alaska gave Mercyhurst a 4-1 lead that was eventually cut down to 2 by the end of the second period. The game was chippy, and the Nanooks seemed to be having trouble with the downsize from the Olympic size ice of the Carlson Center.
In the third period, it got interesting. Alaska’s first line of Colton Beck, Cody Kunyk and Nolan Huynsmans took control of the game and completely dominated play. They scored a short handed goal, a power play goal and an even strength goal in the final period to take the lead with 1:39 left in regulation. Beck had 4 points on the night, and Kunyk had 3. The three linemates were the 3 Stars of the Game. Although, I thought a Mercyhurst player deserved to be in there considering they led for much of the game.
A crazy night of hockey at the Patty.
Photo courtesy of Alaska Nanook Hockey