FAIRBANKS — Junior center Cody Kunyk was rewarded for his efforts in the Alaska Nanooks split of a Central Collegiate Hockey Association season-opening two-game series against the Ferris State Bulldogs last weekend in Big Rapids, Mich.
Scoring two points in each game, Kunyk helped the Nanooks split their two-game series with the No. 18 Bulldogs at Ewigleben Ice Arena and earn the Central Collegiate Hockey Association Postgame Offensive Player of the Week
Kunyk registered a pair of assists in Friday night’s 6-3 loss, then came back to score a goal and an assist in Saturday night’s 3-2 triumph.
“His line played really well last weekend,” Alaska coach Dallas Ferguson said Monday night. He’s one of a handful of guys we need to be consistent contributors.”
Friday, he helped set up each of his linemates score their first goals of the season, as junior Colton Beck picked up a power-play goal at 14:03 and Kunyk tallied his second helper on senior Andy Taranto’s strike later that period, which made it 3-2 at 19:34.
Saturday, Kunyk scored his lone goal of the weekend at 12:47 of the second period to tie the game at
1-1 for his second goal of the season. He followed that up with an assist on Beck’s goal to give the Nanooks a 2-1 lead.
Kunyk, who had a goal and an assist in the Nanooks first four games, now has two goals and four assists on the season to lead Alaska’s offensive attack.
“The first couple of weekends he started to develop in other areas of the game,” Ferguson said. “He was doing a lot of the little things that don’t show up on the scoresheet, but helped us be successful.”
The Nanooks, 3-2-1 on the season and 1-1-0 in the CCHA, return to the friendly confines of the Carlson Center for a two-game series against the Lake Superior State Lakers, 3-3-0 overall and 1-1-0 CCHA.
• Nik Yaremchuk, who was injured in Saturday night’s game, will most likely be out of the lineup until December, according to Ferguson.
• The Nanooks will observe Parents Weekend Friday and Saturday with many of the players’ parents planning to attend the games. Parents will be recognized Friday night and there will be a postgame social at Tubby’s Barbecue in the Regency Hotel.
• The first coaches luncheon of the season is scheduled for Noon, Friday at the Carlson Center. Ferguson and a couple of Nanooks will be on hand to speak, along with Lake Superior State coach Jim Roque Rock.
• Tickets for all Nanooks sporting events are available at all TicketMaster locations, including Fred Meyer’s stores, the UAF Patty Center ticket office and the Carlson Center box office.