Alaska hockey team beats Ferris

FAIRBANKS, Alaska – The Ferris State University men’s ice hockey team fell 6-2 to the Alaska Nanooks on Saturday at the Carlson Center in Western Collegiate Hockey Association play.

Ferris State freshman defenseman Cooper Zech finished with a goal and an assist in the game for the Bulldogs.

Ferris has lost six straight and is 4-10 overall, 2-6 in the WCHA.

The Nanooks took a 2-0 lead on goals at 2:31 by Kyle Marino and at 6:22 by Tristan Thompson before the Bulldogs got on the board.

At 8:34 of the first, Ferris State senior forward Corey Mackin ripped in a power play goal for his second goal of the season from junior defenseman Nate Kallen (10) and Zech (8).

Alaska scored two more to build a 4-1 lead at 16:41 of the first when Steven Jandric scored for UAF, followed by Max Newton on the power play at 1:34 of the second period.

The Bulldogs cut the Nanooks’ lead in half again when Zech scored on a shorthanded breakaway for his third goal of the season at 2:48 of the third period.

UAF tacked on a goal at 3:15 of the third when Kylar Hope scored, and finished the scoring at 16:49 on the power play when Chad Staley scored for the 6-2 final.

Ferris State outshot the Nanooks 35-22, but finished 1-8 on the power play. Alaska finished 2-8 on the man advantage for the game. Gustavs Grigals picked up the win for Alaska making 33 saves, while Roni Salmenkangas made 16 for Ferris State.

The Bulldogs return to action against the nationally ranked Bowling Green State Falcons on Friday (Dec. 7) at 7:07 pm EST inside the Ewigleben Ice Arena in Big Rapids.

Fairbanks 4, Ferris 3 (OT)

Saturday game

FAIRBANKS, Alas. – Ferris State erased three separate one-goal deficits to send a hotly contested Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) battle with the Alaska Nanooks to overtime, but fell in the extra session, 4-3 at the Carlson Center on Friday.

Ferris State sophomore forward Coale Norris and Zech each picked up a goal and an assist to lead the way for Ferris State.

The Nanooks got on the board first when Newton scored from Marino and James LaDouce for a 1-0 UAF lead at 2:10 of the second, but the lead would last less than three minutes.

After keeping a puck in the zone, FSU’s Norris turned a long shot on goal that hit a Nanook defender and floated past UAF goaltender Gustavs Grigals to tie the game at 1-1. The goal was unassisted, and stood as the fourth of the season for Norris.

The 1-1 tie lasted just 57 seconds as the UAF’s Tristan Thompson fired in his second of the year for a 2-1 Alaska lead at 5:50 of the second period from Nikolas Koberstein and Colton Leiter.

In the late stages of the second period, Kallen knotted the game up with his second goal of the year on the power play for Ferris State, with the assists credited to Zech (7) and Norris (4).

Alaska reclaimed the lead 4:11 into the third when Max Newton picked up his second of the night from Koberstein and Thompson for a 3-2 lead.

At 15:18 of the third period, Zech finally cashed in on his second of the year to tie the game at 3-3. Junior forward Oskar Andren picked up his seventh assist of the season on Zech’s goal.

Alaska would take the game 21 seconds into overtime when Steven Jandric scored from Kylar Hope for the 4-3 victory.

The shot battle finished in a tie at 26-26. Ferris State finished 1-4 on the power play and held Alaska 0-3.

Ferris State freshman goaltender Roni Salmenkangas took the loss, making 22 stops, while Grigals picked up his third win of the season on 23 saves.



Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at

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