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

Man, UAA's Early Schedule Is Odd

The Seawolves were scheduled to depart town early this morning for Grand Forks, N.D., and two more games with North Dakota -- and, to The Blog, a 6 a.m. flight isn't so much early morning as very late evening.

In any event, the Seawolves just played the Sioux last Friday at UAF's tournament in Fairbanks, and now they play them two more times to open the WCHA season. That's odd, but the Seawolves did the same thing with Nebraska-Omaha last season -- played the Mavericks on a Friday in Fairbanks, then traveled the next week to Omaha to open WCHA play.

Still, it's weird playing the same opponent three times in a span of four games.

It gets more odd for the Seawolves after this, though.

After North Dakota, the Seawolves have an idle weekend.

Then, Nov. 9-10, they entertain Minnesota in a WCHA series.

And then immediately have another idle weekend.

Hmm. Best-case scenario -- UAA does well in North Dakota to get momentum, then said momentum is immediately halted by the schedule. Worst-case scenario -- UAA doesn't do well in North Dakota, then has basically two weeks before it can get back on the horse.

Not saying the early schedule is good or bad -- really don't have a dog in that fight. Just saying the early schedule is odd.

Bit of a bummer for the UAA players, if any of them are hoops fans. Those two idle weekends are not Great Alaska Shootout weekends. That one comes after the Seawolves' second idle weekend, when they are at Bemidji State for a WCHA series.

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