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Posted: Monday, January 20, 2014 11:36 pm | Updated: 11:38 pm, Mon Jan 20, 2014.

FAIRBANKS — The Alaska Nanooks ski team had a strong showing Saturday and Sunday at the Telemark Distance Series in Cable, Wis. As a result they won the team title by eight points over Northern Michigan.

The Nanooks gathered 276 points to the Wildcats’ 268. The Nanooks men’s team earned 139 of the those points while women’s team earned 137.

Thanks to four top-10 finishes the 15-kilometer free skate mass start on Saturday, the Nanooks men earned 66 points. Michael Fehrenbach’s win in the 10K classic race on Sunday helped the Nanooks men garnered 73 points.

The women earned 78 points Saturday with three top-five finishes in the 10K free skate mass start. They added 59 points Sunday led by Nichole Bathe’s fourth-place finish.

The Nanooks are off until they travel to Ishpeming, Mich., for the Central Collegiate Ski Association Championships on Feb. 8-9.

Tyler named Nanook of Week

Tyler Morley has been named the Era Alaska Nanook of the week after scoring three goals in two games at Northern Michigan as the Alaska Nanooks split a two-game series Friday and Saturday.

The sophomore center scored twice Saturday to help the Nanooks win 4-3, its first win in Marquette, Mich., since Feb. 5, 2005. Both goals came within three minutes of each other in the second period to erase a 2-0 deficit.

On Friday, Morley stole the puck in the neutral zone and sniped a shot into the net in the Nanooks 5-4 loss.

Morley is tied for the team-lead with Cody Kunyk with 12 goals and is second on the team with 23 points, behind Kunyk’s 25.

His 12 goals rank fourth in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.

The Nanooks host Bemidj State on Friday and Saturday at the Carlson Center. Both games start at 7:07 p.m.

Contact sports reporter Tim O’Donnell at 459-7583. Follow him oh Twitter: @FDNMSportsGuy.

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