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

Here's An Interesting Stat About The Aces' Home-Ice Dominance

This is the 10th season of Alaska Aces hockey in the ECHL and tonight's game against the Utah Grizzlies marks the 38th two-game home series the Aces have played at Sullivan Arena.

In the previous 37, they've never lost both games in regulation. That streak is on the line tonight because the Grizzlies won the Aces' home opener 5-2 on Friday.

Granted, three-game home series are much more common that two-game sets because it makes more sense financially for opponents to travel all this way and get a three-game bang for the puck.

Still, interesting stat. (Of course, The Blog would say that since he just killed a bunch of time looking it up).

In any event, the worst the Aces have ever done in a two-game series at Sullivan is a loss and a shootout loss. That happened Jan. 14-15, 2005, when they fell 2-1 to Fresno in the first game and lost 2-1 in a shootout in the series finale.

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