UAA held leads of 1-0 and 2-1 in game one of its best of three first round WCHA playoff series on Thursday night in Fairbanks, but could not hang on as UAF rallied to tie and then win, 3-2 in overtime to grab a one game to none series lead. Nanook captain Colton Beck tallied the game winner 3:40 into sudden death.
UAA's Tanner Dusyk opened the scoring early in the second period, burying his second goal of the season at 2:44 of the frame. UAF's Justin Woods answered less than 10 minutes later with the first goal of his career and the two teams headed to the third period deadlocked at one.
The Seawolves once again jumped ahead on Blake Tatchell's goal at 6:24 of the third period. However, with less than seven minutes to go, UAF's Marcus Basara scored on the power play to send the game to sudden death, setting up Beck's heroics.
If the Nanooks prevail in Friday's game two, they will eliminate the Seawolves and advance to the WCHA Final Five next week. If the Seawolves win, UAA would force a decisive game three on Saturday night.