The Fairbanks Ice Dogs got the jump on the Anchorage Wolverines Friday night in front of a packed house at the Big Dipper Ice Arena and then battled their way to a North American Hockey League victory.
The Fairbanks Ice Dogs and Anchorage Wolverines served notice that they’re ready to establish a new rivalry that actually dates back for decades after splitting a two-game North American Hockey League series in Anchorage on Friday and Saturday.
Down by three points with 3.5 seconds left, the Nanooks inbounded the ball to Barnard near the midcourt line and he promptly launched the ball toward the basket.
The Nanooks scored two goals for the second straight night on Saturday at the Carlson Center, but it wound up to be two goals short as the Nanooks dropped a 4-2 decision to the ninth ranked Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks.
After winning their season opener with a huge fourth quarter rally on Friday, the Nanooks fell behind early and couldn’t get close enough to make a final run in suffering an 81-69 loss to the Hillsdale College Chargers at the Alaska Airlines Center on the University of Alaska Anchorage campus.
After giving up the first goal of the game, the Ice Dogs scored the final three tallies to claim a 3-1 victory Friday night at Ben Boeke Arena in Anchorage.
The Nanooks haven’t been able to score more than two goals in a game during their first nine games in the 2021-22 college hockey season, and that doesn’t bode well for the win column.
The Nanooks led from start to finish but it was by no way an easy verdict as they outlasted the host Sonoma State Seawolves 85-79 for Alaska’s first win of the season after losing twice in Hawaii last weekend.
After being outscored 28-10 in the third quarter and falling behind 64-53, the Nanooks scored 12 straight points to start the fourth quarter and battled to the finish to claim the win.