Oct. 8, 2010
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Stephen Carew and John Kruse scored for Air Force, but it was not enough as 12th-ranked Alaska beat the Falcons, 5-2, in the first game of the Kendall Hockey Classic, Friday night, Oct. 8, at Sullivan Arena in Anchorage, Alaska. The game was the regular-season opener for both teams.
Air Force fell to 0-1 while Alaska improved to 1-0.
Sophomore Stephen Carew scored the first goal of the 2010-11 season as he gave the Falcons a 1-0 lead at the 5:28 mark. Sophomore Kyle DeLaurell drew a penalty and, 11 seconds later, Carew scored his first of the season. John Kruse, from the same hometown as Carew in Eden Prairie, Minn., fed Carew at the point and his shot caromed off the inside of the goaltenders pad and slid across the goal line. The lead was short-lived as Nanook Colton Beck scored from Cody Kunyk at 11:09. The Nanooks won the puck out of a scrum on the wall and Kunyk made a pass from behind the net to Beck right in front.
Alaska scored three goals in the second period to take a 4-1 lead. Just over five minutes into the second period, Beck redirected a shot by Joe Sova for a 2-1 lead at the 5:30 mark. Less than two minutes later, the Nanooks won a faceoff in the Falcon end and David Bosner made two saves but Nick Yaremchuk put back the rebound for a 3-1 lead. The Nanooks took a 4-1 led at 17:29 when Derek Klassen took a long outlet pass and scored his first of the season.
The Falcons cut the Nanook lead to 4-2 midway through the third period. Freshman Casey Kleisinger took a pass from Brad Sellers, skated into the Alaska zone through traffic and dropped a pass for Kruse who ripped a slap shot past Scott Greenham. The Nanooks regained their three-goal lead when Kevin Petovello took a shot from the left circle that deflected off of the stick of an Air Force player and over the shoulder of goaltender David Bosner with 4:17 remaining.
Air Force out-shot Alaska, 20-19, in the game. AFA was 1-for-5 on the power play while UAF was 0-for-4. Bosner made a career-high 14 saves for the Falcons while Greenham made 18 for the Nanooks.
Air Force will face Alaska-Anchorage on Saturday, Oct. 9, at 7:07 p.m. AT in the final game of the Kendall Classic.