UAF all but secured sixth place in the CCHA, and home ice for the first round of the league playoffs, with tonight's 4-2 win over visiting Michigan State, all of which was powered by Andy Taranto's two power-play strikes, including his game winner with just 63 seconds to go.
That gives Taranto a team-leading 12 goals and a team-leading 12-12--24 in 32 games this season. He also raised his career totals to 55-59--114 in 141 games. He owns 19 career power-play goals and 12 career game winners.
The Nanooks (14-14-4 overall) also got three helpers from freshman defenseman Colton Parayko, the St. Louis Blues draft pick who owns 4-10--14 totals in 28 games. Junior defenseman Michael Quinn furnished one goal and one helper to give him 3-13--16 totals in 32 games. Adam Henderson's empty-net goal sealed the win.
The only way the Nanooks, who finished their league schedule tonight, can fall out of the sixth seed is if Bowling Green sweeps Notre Dame next week. That would push Bowling Green into a tie with UAF, and Bowling Green owns the tie-breaker between the clubs by virtue of a won and a tie against the Nanooks.
Next up for UAF is the Governor's Cup against UAA, with Game 1 set Friday night at the Carlson Center in Fairbanks and Game 2 Saturday night at Sullivan Arena in Anchorage.