Weekend Preview: Alaska

By October 26, 2017 Notebooks
Alec Rauhauser (23) plays the puck while Brandon Kruse (28) looks on. Rauhauser is third on the team with four points (Photo by Todd Pavlack/BGSUHockey.com).

Bowling Green continues their WCHA slate this weekend as they welcome the Alaska Nanooks. The Falcons are coming off a weekend split with the #12 Minnesota State Mavericks.

Alaska swept their rival, Alaska-Anchorage, last weekend.

They Said It

Here’s this week’s edition of Falcon Hockey Weekly with Chris Bergeron and Ryan Vallon:

Player Honors

Cam Wright was named the Jet’s Pizza Male Player of the Week by the BGSU athletic communication department.

Wright was also an honorable mention for the WCHA Rookie of the Week by the conference.

Wright continued

The freshman forward leads the Falcons in scoring with three goals and three assists. His six points tie with Steven Jandric (1-5-6), who will be coming to BGSU this weekend with the rest of the Nanooks, in freshmen scoring in the WCHA. He also sits at sixth in the nation for freshmen scoring.

WCHA in the Polls

Minnesota State moved up to #12 in this week’s USCHO poll, while Michigan Tech fell to #16. Bemidji State and Northern Michigan were unranked but received votes.

In the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll Minnesota State was 14th. Michigan Tech and Northern Michigan received votes in the poll.

Scouting the Nanooks

Alaska is coached by first-year bench boss Lance West. They were picked to finish eighth by both the coaches and media in the WCHA preseason polls.

They’re led by Justin Woods and Ross Heidt with three goals apiece, while Steven Jandric leads the team with a +6 on-ice rating. Anton Martinsson is the only goalie with any playing time this year for the Nanooks. He’s struggled at times this season but did pick up his first two wins of the season this past weekend.

What’s a Nanook?

“Nanook is a derivation of nanuq, the Inupiaq word for polar bear. UAF’s very first basketball teams had been nicknamed the Polar Bears, but after 1963, the Polar Bears became known as the Nanooks, which has since applied to all UAF sports teams.” – Alaska athletic department

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Around the League

The marquee matchup this weekend will be Minnesota State welcoming Michigan Tech to Mankato. The other in-conference games will see Ferris State traveling to Bemidji State.

Alabama-Huntsville will travel to Ithaca, New York to play Cornell, while Lake Superior heads downstate to play Michigan State.

Looking Ahead

The Falcons will travel to Houghton next weekend to face Michigan Tech in a rematch of the 2017 WCHA Playoff Championship.

October 27, 2017

Conference: WCHA
Overall Record: 2-3-1
BGSU All-Time vs. UAF: 29-28-8

Lance West
Head Coach
Chris Bergeron
Colton Leiter

Kylar Hope

Steven Jandric
Cam Wright

Max Johnson

Alec Rauhauser
Anton Martinsson
(2-3-1, 2.97 GAA, .892 SV%)
Ryan Bednard
(1-2-0, 2.35 GAA, .918 SV%)

Eric Dop
(1-1-0, 2.50 GAA, .919 SV%)
3/31, 10%
5/28, 18%
25/31, 81%
24/30, 80%
Drew Evans

About Drew Evans

Drew is a co-founder and the editor for BGSUHockey.com. When he's not in the press box he makes (legal) drugs at a northwest Ohio compounding pharmacy. Drew is entering his eighth season covering Falcon hockey and has been a fan of the program since his time as a student beginning in 2003. He can be reached on Twitter @BGSUHockeySite and by e-mail at Drew@bgsuhockey.com.