Woody on Hockey

Alaska is hockey heaven -- the Alaska Aces are perennial ECHL contenders, the UAA Seawolves play in the nation's premier college league and NHL star Scott Gomez headlines a contingent of pros. Join the conversation about the Aces and Alaska hockey with Doyle Woody, who has covered the game here at all levels for 29 years.

Contact: dwoody@adn.com

Here's a historically encouraging way of looking at UAA's WCHA series in Grand Forks - 10/25/2012 3:43 pm

Aces: Ambroz released (Plus, Courchaine note) - 10/25/2012 1:26 pm

Aces: Gee, those are some decent linemates Imbeault just got; plus, numbers changes - 10/25/2012 10:45 am

Aces add a defenseman in fourth-year pro Alain Goulet - 10/25/2012 9:59 am

A bunch of Alaska connections play in the Austrian League where Alexandre Imbeault began the season - 10/24/2012 5:41 pm

Man, UAA's Early Schedule Is Odd - 10/24/2012 5:07 pm

Former Aces Center Imbeault Is Now Current Aces Center Imbeault (UPDATED) - 10/24/2012 1:16 pm

North Pole's Copley Is WCHA Rookie Of The Week - 10/23/2012 12:19 pm

Some Random Notes (Ruegsegger, Lawson, UAF, Summerhays, Sorenson, Hickel)

Just a few quick updates on Alaska-connected players:

Former Alaska Aces winger Tyler Ruegsegger bagged his first goal of the AHL season tonight, striking on the power play for the Abbotsford Heat in a 3-2 shootout loss to Chicago.

In the ECHL, former UAA goaltender Nathan Lawson made his first appearance on that circuit in four years and racked 32 saves for the Elmira Jackals in a 4-2 win over Wheeling.

On the college front, UAF stormed back from a two-goal deficit with three second-period power-play goals in a 3-2 win over Merrimack at the Brice Alaska Goal Rush tournament in Fairbanks. Nanooks goaltender Steve Thompson of Anchorage made 27 saves.

Merrimack on Saturday plays UAA, which fell 5-0 to No. 2-ranked North Dakota, which only dressed nine forwards because of suspensions and injuries. UAF plays North Dakota on Saturday.

Notre Dame goaltender Steve Summerhays of Anchorage stopped 33 shots in a 4-1 nonconference win over Minnesota-Duluth. He improved to 3-1-0 with a 1.51 goals-against average and .943 save percentage.

Winger Tanner Sorenson of Anchorage had two helpers for Michigan State in a 3-2 nonconference win over Niagara and leads the Spartans in scoring with 1-2--3 totals in three games.

In women's hockey, Minnesota-Duluth winger Zoe Hickel of Anchorage (oops, originally had this as Tori Hickel, Zoe's sister who plays at Northeastern -- man, too many good Hickels for The Blog's tiny brain) furnished two goals in a 3-3 tie at Minnesota-Mankato -- also for the Bulldogs, they surrendered a 3-0 lead in the final 10 minutes.

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