Sunday, October 20, 2013

Frank Slubowski named to All-Tournament Team in Alaska Goal Rush Tournament

A return to the shores of the Pacific seems to have agreed with Prince Rupert's Frank Slubowski as he and his team competed in the Alaska Goal Rush hockey tournament this weekend in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Slubowski's stellar work in the nets for the University of Western Michigan Broncos earned his team a split at the University of Alaska (Fairbanks) Tournament, placing him on the All Tournament team for his weekend efforts.

The former Prince Rupert Minor hockey player joined two other WMU players named to the six player All Tournament Team at the end of Saturday nights final.

Friday evening, the Broncos won their first game against the University of Alaska Anchorage by a score of  6-2 , with Slubowski turning aside 22 of the 24 shots that he faced.

Saturday, the Broncos went into OT before the home state Fairbanks squad scored the winning goal, taking the 4-3 victory, in a close fought game which again saw the Prince Rupert goaltender tested, with 29 shots directed at the Bronco net.

Over the course of the two game tournament, Slubowski turned aside 53 of the 58 shots that opposing teams made on the Western Michigan net.

The Overtime loss placed the Broncos in second place in the four team Alaska Goal Rush, the University of Seawolves  picked up their own OT win, placing third with Denver University landing in the fourth spot of the four team tourney.

Video Highlights and more information on the tournament can be found on the Broncos website, while further background on the Alaska Gold Rush series can be found from the U of A Nanooks website.

The Broncos now make the long trek back to Michigan, with their next NCAA action set for November 1st, when Colorado College arrives in Kalamazoo for a two game series.

Some media accounts of the Alaska Gold Rush Tournament can be found below:

M Live-- WMU hockey battles Alaska to 3-3 tie, drops shootout
M Live-- WMU hockey defeats Alaska-Anchorage, 6-2
M Live-- WMU hockey team looks to get first win of season in Alaska tournament
M Live-- WMU hockey forward Sam Mellor excited to face former Alaska-Anchorage team
Fairbanks News Miner-- Never quit Nanooks: Sakters rally to beat Western Michigan in shootout
Fairbanks News Miner-- Alaska Nanooks hope for repeat Goal Rush win
Anchorage Daily News-- UAF wins its tournament in a shootout (and UAA's Bailey makes all-tourney team)

There are more items on former members of the PRMHA and the latest developments in minor hockey in Prince Rupert in our archives.

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