Alaska uses six power-play goals for 8-4 win
Oct. 15, 2006
FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Alaska scored six power-play goals in a penalty-filled game to defeat Air Force, 8-4, in a non-conference game Saturday night, Oct. 14, at the Carlson Center in Fairbanks, Alaska.
Alaska swept the two-game series and improved to 2-0 on the season. Air Force fell to 1-3.
Alaska was 6-for-11 on the power play while Air Force was 3-for-6. The teams were called for a combined 56 minutes of penalties as Air Force served 34 and Alaska was in the box for 22.
Alaska got off a quick start with three shots in the first 85 seconds. The Nanooks scored on their third shot as Dion Knelsen put back a rebound at 1:26 of the first period. Knelson's first goal of the season was assisted by Kyle Greentree and Nathan Fornataro.
Air Force tied the game at the 9:09 mark of the first period as Eric Ehn scored on the power play. Ehn's fourth goal of the season was assisted by Matt Charbonneau and Michael Mayra. Ehn's shot beat UA goalie Wylie Rogers for the Falcons first goal of the weekend. Ehn and Rogers both played junior hockey for the Detroit Metro Jets in 2001-02 and won the Junior "B" national championship.
In the final 10 minutes of the second period, the teams combined for six goals as Alaska scored four and Air Force scored two.
The Nanooks broke the tie at the 10:15 mark on the power play as Greentree beat Peter Foster from right in front of the net. His goal was assisted by Steve Vanoosten and Darcy Campbell. Shortly after the goal, the Falcons found themselves in the penalty box again and again the Nanooks capitalized. Adam Naglich scored a power-play goal from the high slot from Greentree and Knelsen.
The Falcons answered just 28 seconds later with an even-strength goal. Ehn took a shot that was saved, but Andrew Ramsey was there to clean up the rebound and make the score, 3-2. Charbonneau also assisted on the goal that came at 11:43.
After another Falcon penalty, Alaska took a 4-2 lead on the power play. Greentree fed Tyler Eckford who scored at the 14:53 mark. The Nanooks increased their lead to 5-2 at the 18:25 mark of the second period. Skating four-on-four, Fornataro took a shot that deflected off of a Falcon defenseman and into the Air Force net.
With just 31 seconds left in the second period, the Falcons cut the Nanook lead to 5-3 with a power-play goal of their own. Mayra took a slap shot from the point that was saved, but Ehn collected the rebound and flipped it over the shoulder of Rogers for his second goal of the night and his team-leading fifth of the season. Josh Schaffer also assisted on the play.
In the first two minutes of the third period, the Falcons were whistled for two penalties and Alaska scored on both power plays. Knelsen scored at 1:27 to give the Nanooks a 6-3 lead. After the goal, Foster was pulled from the game and replaced by freshman Andrew Volkening, who made his collegiate debut in the game. The first shot he faced came on the power play and got past him as Curtis Fraser scored at 1:52 for a 7-3 lead.
The Nanooks took an 8-3 lead with their sixth power-play goal of the game as Naglich scored from Eckford and Knelson.
The Falcons tallied the final goal og the game as Brian Gineo scored from Ramsey at 12:05 of the third period.
Alaska had 33 shots on goal while Air Force had 27. Rogers played the first 48 minutes and earned the win as he made 16 saves. Foster took the loss for Air Force as he played the first 41 minutes and made 16 saves. After allowing a goal on his first collegiate shot, Volkening, the freshman goalie from Wasilla, Alaska, made nine saves.
Air Force returns home to open Atlantic Hockey play against Bentley College, Friday-Saturday, Oct. 13-14, at the Academy's Cadet Ice Arena.