UAF Springs Hockey Upset Over MSU

Alaska-Fairbanks, the top penalty killing team in the CCHA, killed eleven of twelve MSU power play chances and held on to beat MSU.

OKEMOS,MI-Alaska-Fairbanks, the top penalty killing team in the CCHA, killed eleven of twelve MSU power plays, and beat MSU by the score of 2-1 Friday night.

It was a team effort for the Nanooks, as Wylie Rogers stopped 36 shots, and UAF defensemen blocked double digit shot numbers themselves.

In fact, UAF defensemen blocked twelve shots in the first period to go along with 14 Wylie saves in a slow starting first period for MSU.

UAF scored first when MSU goalie Jeff Lerg was out of position, and Trevor Hyatt redirected a puck into the net to make the score 1-0, which was the score at the first intermission.

The Nanooks took a two goal lead in the second period when Aaron Lee rifled a slap shot over the outstretched glove of Jeff Lerg to give the Nanooks a 2-0 lead.

The Spartans finally got on the board in the second when a Corey Potter slapshot hit the skate of Spartan Justin Abdelkader, and David Booth knocked it in off the back of goalie Wylie Rogers.

The third period saw MSU goalie snuff UAF leading scorer Kyle Greentree on a breakaway to give MSU a chance, but to no avail, as MSU's late fury and UAF's penalty killing teams allowed the Nanooks to escape with a 2-1 victory.

The two teams meet again tommorrow and MSU again will have its hands full with what looks to be another defensive battle.


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