NANOOK CORNER: UAF Athletes earn honors in the pool and on the Ice

Published: Feb. 6, 2018 at 9:24 PM AKST
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A handful of athletes from the University of Alaska had their efforts recognized by their respective conferences.

We're going to take a look at what these athletes accomplished and which honors they received in this week's Nanook Corner

Devin Fry; Reporting>>: "Three University of Alaska Athletes were able to earn additional honors for their efforts this weekend. First up, we'll head to the Ice where two Nanook Hockey players recieved WCHA Honors. Zach Frye was named the WCHA Defensive Player of the Week after UAF was able to sweep the Ferris State Bulldogs over the weekend. Frye led all of his fellow Nanooks, and every Defenseman in the conference with four points off of one goal and three assists. Friday night was Frye's first three point night of the season with 1 goal and 2 assists. He then earned three points again on Saturday with a three-assist night while leading all WCHA Defensemen with a plus-four rating. Frye tied to lead all NCAA defensemen in scoring and tied for second in plus/minus. This is the second time in a month Frye recieved Defensemen of the Week honors.

His teammate Anton Martinnson was named the WCHA Goaltender of the week after earning both wins in the first home sweep of the Season for the Nooks. The Sophomore Goalie from Klippan Sweden led all WCHA Goalies with his .932 save percentage, and his 1.50 Goals against average. He earned 41 saves between the two games this weekend. This is Martinnson's second time being named Goalie of the Week, he previously earned this honor on December 11th. Nanook Forward Tayler Munson also earned an honorable mention for his three goal weekend, which tied the WCHA Lead. The Alaska Nanook Hockey team has already left the start for their two week road trip, which will start down in Michigan.

The awards weren't exclusive to the hockey team as Nanook Swimmer Cassidy Heaton was named the Division II Female Athlete of the Week by the Pacific Collegiate Swimming and Diving Conference. Heaton was able to earn two victories in the Nanooks Home meet against the University of the Incarnate Word on January 26th and the 27th. She won the 1,000 yard freestyle with a 10 minute 42 second time, and also won the 500 yard freestyle in 5 minutes and 13 seconds. The Nanook swim team will now prepare for the PCSC Championships, which will begin on February 14th in California."