After the UAA Seawolves pulled off a sweet comeback to beat Air Force in the late stages of regulation and win its Kendall Hockey Classic, the UAF Nanooks got off to a sweet start tonight in their Brice Alaska Goal Rush.
Trailing Denver 2-0 until the last minute of the second period, the Nanooks staged a comeback they finished with Garrick Perry's strike with just 25.2 seconds left in OT to secure a 3-2 victory at the Carlson Center in Fairbanks.
Marcus Basara got the Nanooks to within 2-1 when he scored late in the second period and Cody Kunyk notched the game-tying goal about seven minutes into the third period.
That UAF win, coupled with Western Michigan's 6-2 victory over UAA, means Saturday night's UAF-Western Michigan game will decided the tournament title. In five previous Goal Rush tournaments, an Outside team has never taken the title -- UAF, the defending champ, has won three times, and UAA has won twice.
By the way, UAF rookie goaltender Davis Jones stopped 23 shots for the win in his Nanooks debut.
By DOYLE WOODY, adn.com