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Posted: Saturday, December 1, 2012 12:38 am

FAIRBANKS — The University of Alaska Fairbanks women’s club hockey team skated to a dominating 6-0 victory against South Dakota on Friday night in Fargo, N.D.

Cayla Wiita and Rackell Kowalchuk each scored two goals to lead the UAF offensive attack as the Nanooks improved to 2-0 on the season, following Thursday night’s 5-2 win against North Dakota’s club team.

“It was a good team effort,” assistant coach Jayson Kowalchuk said. “We moved the puck well and had good chemistry on the ice.”

Wiita scored an unassisted goal in the first period that proved to be all UAF would need as goaltender Katrina Lydon stopped 20 shots to earn the shutout.

The Nanooks added three goals in the second period and tacked on two more in the third to reach the winning margin.

Wiita, a freshman from Anchorage, also had two assists, while Nicole Farnham, Brittany Stahle, Alysa Norum, Patryce McKinney and Kowalchuk also had two assists.

Kowalchuk scored a pair of power-play goals in the second period and Kayla Weber added an even-strength goal.

Wiita and Shawna Jusczak rounded out the scoring in the third period.

The Nanooks play North Dakota again this morning, then finish up their road trip against South Dakota on Sunday.

Contact the News-Miner sports department at 459-7581.

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