Senior captain Geoff Fortman scored 3:20 into overtime to give Canisius College its first win of the hockey season, a 2-1 decision over the University of Alaska Brice Alaska Goal Rush in Fairbanks late Friday night.
Fortman took a pass from freshman Casey Jerry as he skated in to the right faceoff circle and let go a sharp shot that beat Alaska goalie Jesse Jenks. Sophomore Cameron Heath also assisted on the goal.
The Golden Griffins came back after struggling in the opening period as Alaska held a 14-1 advantage in shots thanks in part to a pair of power plays. The Nanooks took a 1-0 lead midway through the second period. Canisius responded early in the third with sophomore Dylan McLaughlin scoring his first of the year with assists from Jerry and Matt Stief.
Senior transfer Charles Wilson made 27 saves to pick up his first win for the Griffs, who move to 1-2 on the season.
"It was great to get our first win of the year," assistant coach Scott Moser said. "I’m really happy for Geoff Fortman getting the overtime winner, for our captain to play that big of a role. Charles Williams played well for us tonight and it was nice to see him get his first win at Canisius."
Moser pointed to a five-minute power play in the second period when Alaska's James LaDouce was given a major penalty for hitting from behind as a turning point for the Griffs.
"Overall, we started off the game slow and they outshot us pretty well," Moser said. "Even though we didn’t score, the five-minute power play in the second gave us confidence having the puck on our stick. From there, our effort increased, and that led to us getting more chances as the game went on."
They play Alaska Anchorage Saturday night in their final game at the Brice Alaska Gold Rush.