FAIRBANKS, ALASKA – Kristian Stead made 26 saves and four different players scored for Alaska Anchorage in a 4-1 win at Alaska Fairbanks in the first game of the Alaska Airlines Governor’s Cup Friday.
“We came in with a mindset of taking a positive first step in this series, and I felt that we did that tonight on a lot of fronts,” said head coach Matt Curley. “From execution of the powerplay and bearing down on the penalty kill to winning puck battles and getting a job done defensively, we covered a lot of what we needed to do. We will enjoy this one tonight but need to give that same effort tomorrow to give ourselves a chance to get the job done again.”
The Nanooks got on the board first when Colton Leiter fired a low shot past Kristian Stead at 4:03 of the first period.
Eric Sinclair tied the game at 1-1 when he ripped a long slap shot for his fifth goal of the season with just over a minute remaining in the first. Jeremiah Luedtke and Carmine Buono assisted on the power-play goal.
The second period was riddled with 47 minutes of penalties, but Aaron McPheters let the lamp with an even-strength goal at 18:39 of the second. Nicolas Erb-Ekholm and Trey Degraaf set McPheters up perfectly for the one-timer.
Drayson Pears, who assisted on the Seawolves goal, scored his first career goal, an empty-netter, with 58 seconds remaining.
Kristian Stead made 26 saves in his first career win.
UAA finished 2-for-5 on the powerplay, and they held UAF scoreless on their four chances.
The two teams will conclude the series Saturday at 7:07 pm.