Today’s Alaska hockey report also serves as a travel advisory -- promotions, demotions -- and health update -- who’s well, who’s hurtin’. If you want weather with that, look out your window – we’re all about pucks here.
On the ECHL front, the Alaska Aces received defenseman Stephen Wood from the Peoria Rivermen, their American Hockey League affiliate. That gives the Aces eight blueliners for their games Friday and Saturday in Bakersfield – the Rivermen sent defenseman Patrick Wellar to the Aces last week.
Also hitting the road – in reverse, compared to Woods – is rookie forward Tim Wallace of Anchorage. On Thursday, Wallace was promoted to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (doesn’t that just roll off the tongue) of the AHL from the Wheeling Nailers of the ECHL. (Insert your obligatory South Park “Timmy!’’ chant here). An e-mail from Wallace’s parents that got forwarded to me made note of their son’s five-hour drive from Wheeling to Wilkes-Barre and referred to their son as “Turnpike Timmy’’ – nicely done, Todd and Janet, much blog love to you.
In the NHL, our man Scott Gomez got back in the game Thursday, playing in the New Jersey Devils’ 5-2 loss to the visiting New York Islanders – Gomez had missed one game with a strained groin. Gomez logged 14 minutes of ice time, five less than his usual load, went scoreless and was minus-1.
Meanwhile, the puck just dropped a bit ago in San Jose, where Sharks defenseman Matt Carle of Anchorage has his hands full with New York Rangers forwards Jaromir Jagr and Brendan Shanahan – that’s a tough night shift. Also, Sharks forward/enforcer Scott Parker, who grew up in Eagle River but has yet to play a game this season, is out indefinitely with a strained back.
Lastly, Bucky Badger (aka defending national champion Wisconsin) is in town to take on UAA Friday and Saturday at Sullivan Arena.
We’ve got Aces-Bako and UAA-Wisco the next two nights -- any predictions, puckheads?