Nanooks sweep Lakers, on bubble for first-round bye

By Tom Hewitt
Sun Star Reporter

Junior Ryan Hohl goes for a goal Saturday night against the Lakers at the Carlson Center. Photo by Erin Widby/The Sun Star

While the Alaska squad might have made it look easy on the ice, the numbers told a different story. Though the Lakers outshot Alaska both Friday and Saturday, goaltender Scott Greenham turned in strong performances both nights, stopping 74 of 75 Lakers shots for a phenomenal 98.7% saves percentage. Greenham had help from the offense, as the team won by scores of 4-0 and 5-1 on Friday and Saturday, respectively.

The two wins gave Alaska six crucial points in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association standings, moving the team into sole possession of fourth place in the conference standings. Ironically, despite their assertive finish to conference play, the Nanooks now find themselves at the Lakers’ mercy: Lake Superior plays fifth-place Northern Michigan in their final two CCHA games of the season, and if Northern Michigan can manage better than one win in the series, they will push Alaska out of the crucial fourth first-round bye in the conference playoffs.

Though their conference schedule has come to an end, the Nanooks will play two of their most intense games of the season this weekend when they face off against the UAA Seawolves for the Governor’s Cup. On Friday, the squad travels to Anchorage, then returns to Fairbanks Friday for a chance to liberate the trophy from three years of captivity.

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