FAIRBANKS – Four goals from Alaska Fairbanks’ Cody Kunyk lifted the Nanooks over the Alaska Anchorage Seawolves, 7-2 in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association game - which doubled as Game 3 of the Alaska Airlines Governor's Cup - on Friday evening.
With the loss and other results from around the league, the Seawolves sit No. 6 in the WCHA standings with 26 points, and have clinched a First Round playoff spot. Should UAA tie with Bemidji State and Lake Superior State in the standings, the Seawolves hold the tiebreaker over the Beavers and Lakers. UAA can still place as high as fifth and as low as eighth.
Meanwhile, at the Carlson Center, the Seawolves ended the shutout with 10:47 left in the game with a wrap-around tally from freshman Brad Duwe. The Seawolves second tally of the night was also on the wraparound, as junior Brett Cameron picked up his eighth of the season with just 13.7 left in the game.
The Nanooks struck early with a tally just 1:09 into the first period before netting back-to-back goals – 13 seconds apart – late in the frame. Tyler Morley gave UAF the first goal, before capitalizing on a scrum in front of the net at 18:40, just two seconds after a UAA penalty had expired.
At 18:53 Cody Kunyk gave the Nanooks a 3-0 advantage going into the locker room. Despite a 10-7 lead for shots on goal in the second period, the Nanooks extended their lead to four goals with another strike by Kunyk at 9:59.
Kunyk – a top candidate for WCHA Player of the Year – picked up his second career hat trick with a shot off the post with just 46 second expired on the clock for the 5-0 lead. Then, after UAA had scored, Kunyk added his fourth with a one-timer on the power play.
The final dagger came courtesy of Trevor Campbell with 40.7 second left in the game, before Cameron added his.
The teams will rematch tomorrow night at 7:07 p.m. AST. The Seawolves will need a win tomorrow in regulation and a win in the shootout to claim the Governor's Cup.