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Posted: Tuesday, December 4, 2018 3:00 pm

Home sweet home! D2 NAU Ice Jacks return home as they rout Weber State 9-1

Flagstaff, AZ-Generally, sports teams play better in their home stadium as they not only play in a familiar environment, but they have a loud crowd cheering them on. The D2 NAU Ice Jacks, playing their only home game in a 76 day stretch, took full advantage of the opportunity and put on a dominating show in front of their home fans. NAU defeated the visiting Weber State Wildcats 9-1 on a snowy Thursday in Flagstaff.

In a span of 3 minutes midway through the first period, NAU opened the scoring with a fast-break and short-handed goal from Kristjan Toivola, then added another fast-break goal from Zaven Bablouzian. NAU would then score two more goals before Weber State’s Jonathan Cosman chipped it in behind NAU goalie Joshua Nolan to cut the deficit 4-1. But that would be the only goal scored by Weber as the NAU defense, led by Jordan Nolan, clamped down on Weber’s transition game with their constant forechecking.

Nolan would also finish the game with 2 goals and an assist. In the third quarter, NAU maintained a comfortable 6-1 lead when with 3 minutes to go in the 3 rd period, Desmond Conley, who finished with a goal and an assist, got into a huge fight that landed him along with Weber players Tyler Williams and Dakota Fox in the penalty box. This seemed to light a fire in NAU as they wowed the crowd with 3 goals in the final 3 minutes to win    9-1.

The win was much needed because not only did it improve NAU’s record to 11-6-1, but NAU took full advantage of the one home game they have in a 76-day span. Before Thursday’s home win at Jay Lively Arena, their previous home game was on November 10 vs BYU. Their next home game is not until January 25 vs GCU. In front of a packed Jay Lively Arena, NAU put on a show that entertained the loud and crazy fans and gave them a final impression in their final home game of the calendar year.