Former players Ted Behrend, Ryan Lowery, Tyler O’Brien and William Rapuzzi will be on hand along with members of the Winkler family, including his father Rod and sister Karina. The school held a dress rehearsal on Wednesday.
“It will be our chance to honor him, pray for him and remember him,” coach Scott Owens said.
Less than 800 tickets remain for Saturday’s game. For tickets: CCTigers.com/Tickets, 719-576-2626 or World Arena Box Office.
Alaska-Fairbanks 3, No. 12 Denver 2 OT
FAIRBANKS, Alaska – Alaska-Fairbanks responded with three unanswered goals, including the game-winner with 25.2 seconds remaining in overtime, to drop the No. 12 Denver Pioneers late Friday night at the Carlson Center at the Brice Alaska Goal Rush Tournament in Fairbanks.
Garrick Perry scored the game-winner for Alaska after Denver’s Josiah Didier (Littleton) blocked his initial shot attempt and Perry picked up the loose puck in front of the net and chipped a shot in the top left corner of the cage. Denver had led 2-0 in the second period.
The loss drops the Pioneers to 2-1-0. Alaska improved to 2-1-0.
Alaska tied the game at 2-2 with a power play goal at the 6:53 mark of the third period, the first power play goal allowed by Denver this season, following a cross ice pass by Colton Parayko that found the blade of Cody Kunyk who then slapped a one-timer for the tying tally. The Pioneers had killed the initial 12 power plays they faced this season prior to Kunyk’s goal.
Denver was out-shot in the loss 34-25 and finished 0-for-4 on the power play, while Alaska finished 1-for-5 when playing with a man advantage.
Goalie Sam Brittain made 31 saves in the loss while Alaska’s Jones turned away 23 shots en route to the win. The Pioneers close out action at the Brice Alaska Goal Rush Tournament on Saturday when they take on Alaska Anchorage at 6:07 p.m. (MT) from the Carlson Center in Fairbanks.