FAIRBANKS — Northern Michigan has had the Alaska Nanooks’ number in Marquette, Mich., the past few years. The last time the Nanooks hockey team won there was Feb. 5, 2005.
That streak is over. The Nanooks overcame a two-goal deficit to down the Wildcats 4-3 Saturday at the Berry Events Center.
Trailing 2-0 after the first period, the Nanooks came out in the second period a different team.
“Northern had a fast start and got us on our heels a little bit,” head coach Dallas Ferguson said. “We just started to play the way we need to play to have success.”
“We got back to playing our game,” Ferguson added.
Tyler Morley got the Nanooks on the board 3:35 into the second period. On the power play, Tyler Morley beat Wildcats goalie Mathias Dahlstrom after Dahlstrom left a rebound off a Marcus Basara shot.
In the two games against the Wildcats, the Nanooks were 4-for-9 with the man advantage and 7-for-8 on the penalty kill, including a 6-for-6 performance on the penalty kill Saturday.
“We’re happy with what our speciality teams contributed on the weekend,” Ferguson said. “It was a total team effort.”
Tyler’s brother Brandon picked up the other assist on the goal, the first time the two have combined for a goal as members of the Nanooks (9-11-4, 6-10-2 Western Collegiate Hockey Association).
Tyler Morley tied the game a little less than three minutes later. He beat Dahlstrom on a wraparound for his 12th goal of the season, tying him for the team lead with Cody Kunyk.
In the third period, the Nanooks recorded just two shots on goal but they made them both count.
Jared Larson announced his return to the lineup and gave the Nanooks the lead at 9:37 of the third period. Nolan Huysmans fed Larson on a 2-on-1 and Larson didn’t miss.
Larson had been out since Oct. 25 with a knee injury and was playing his fourth game since returning. It was his first goal since scoring in the season opener on Oct. 11.
Twenty seconds later, Brandon Morley added the insurance goal. Dahlstrom was caught not paying attention after the Wildcats (10-10-2, 7-6-1 WCHA) turned the puck over, giving Brandon a wide-open net.
“We went out and capitalized on a couple opportunities,” Ferguson said.
Brandon had one goal entering the weekend but scored in both games against the Wildcats after being reunited on the same line with Tyler.
John Siemer cut the Nanooks lead to one with 1:27 left in the game and Dahlstrom wa pulled for the extra attacker.
Siemer finished with three points after setting up Erik Higby twice in the first period. The first was on a 2-on-1 rush and the second he deked around four Nanooks before feeding Higby for the goal.
Siemer had two points before Saturday, including a goal Friday against the Nanooks.
John Keeney made 23 saves for the Nanooks while Dahlstrom stopped 23 shots for the Wildcats.
The win ended a four game winless streak for the Nanooks, who went 0-3-1 in the four games.
The Nanooks return to Fairbanks to host Bemidji State on Jan. 24-25. They close out the regular season playing eight of their final 10 games at the Carlson Center.
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