UAF Hockey

UAF's Steven Jandric, right, maneuvers the puck while being pursued by Denver's Ian Mitchell, left, during first period action of the college hockey matchup against the University of Denver Saturday evening, October 5, 2019 at the Carlson Center.

University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Steven Jandric was named Western Collegiate Hockey Association’s Forward of the Week on Monday for his four-point performance in the Nanooks’ weekend sweep of the Ferris State Bulldogs.

The junior from Prince George, British Columbia now leads the Nanooks with 18 points (seven goals and 11 assists) after passing teammate Max Newton’s 16. 

Jandric scored the first goal in UAF’s Friday 2-0 win, taking a shot from the slot after collecting the puck from his brother, Chris Jandric. 

He also contributed to Alaska’s first three goals in its 6-3 win on Saturday, scoring the first and assisting Kylar Hope on the next two.

Jandric’s four-point weekend was a conference best.

“Steven was really good this past weekend on both ends of the rink so it was nice to see him get rewarded with the production,” UAF head coach Erik Largen said over the phone on Monday.

“I thought him and Max Newton and Kyler Hope were our best line all weekend and I think it showed on the scoresheet.”

The weekly award was the third for UAF this season and the second for Jandric’s career — he had previously earned a Rookie of the Week title in his freshman season.

Alaska senior Anton Martinson was recognized as an honorable mention for the Goaltender of the Week award. Martinson saved a WHCA weekend-high 68-of-71 shots while earning his fifth career shutout on Friday.

“Anton was really good this past weekend, obviously getting a shutout in the first game, and then (Saturday) we kind of had some breakdowns and gave up a couple, but when we got back on top there he really shut the door down,” Largen said.

The two-win weekend lifts the Nanooks, 13-12-1 overall, to third place in the WCHA standings. Their 11-8-1-0 conference record is good for 34 points, putting them one point ahead of fourth place Northern Michigan and eight points behind second place Bemidji State.

The Nanooks return to the ice this weekend when they host No. 15 Northern Michigan (13-8-3 overall, 16-11-5-0 WCHA) at the Carlson Center. Friday’s game is scheduled for 7:07 p.m. The puck drops Saturday at 5:07 p.m.


Rifle wins Palmyra Invitational

The No. 10 UAF rifle team took first in a three-team meet against No. 18 North Georgia and Georgia Southern at the Palmyra Invitational in Annville, Pennsylvania on Sunday.

The Nanooks finished first with 4620 combined points, followed by North Georgia with 4547 and Georgia Southern with 4475.

Alaska also finished with the top team scores in smallbore (2,294) and air rifle (2,326). 

The Nanooks next compete in a dual meet against Air Force on Feb. 14 in Fort Worth, Texas at the Texas Christian University Rifle Range.

The Patriot Rifle Conference Championships, also hosted by TCU, take place Feb 15-16.

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