The road starts rough for the Alaska Aces tonight – they take a red-eye flight to California, heading for their first road games of the season, Friday and Saturday in Bakersfield.
The only thing worse than a red-eye flight is a red-eye flight when you’re stuck in the middle seat between a screaming baby and someone who wants to share their life story -- good times. On the upside, red-eye flights are great for reading – there’s hardly any noise because most everyone is zonked out. Count on the Aces to be crashed out big-time – hockey players can generally sleep any time, any place.
The Aces’ trip covers five road games – two in Bako, three in Utah. Any predictions among the crystal-ball crew out there on how the boys will fare?
Apropos of nothing, was wondering where former UAA goaltender Chris King was hanging his catching glove these days, then saw his wedding announcement in the paper recently. Kinger is tending goal for the Arizona Sundogs of the Central Hockey League. So far, he’s a snappy 2-0-0 with a 1.50 goals-against average and .952 save percentage. Also in the CHL is former UAA and (for a short bit) Aces goalie John DeCaro. He’s just 0-1-2 for the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs, but his other numbers shine – 2.19 goals-against average and .946 save percentage.
San Jose Sharks defenseman Matt Carle of Anchorage began Wednesday tied for the scoring lead among NHL blueliners with 2-10—12 totals in 13 games. He is tied for his team’s lead in plus-minus at plus-4. Looks like New Jersey Devils center Scott Gomez of Anchorage might miss a game Thursday with a strained groin. He’s already missed one game.
Supposedly, we’ll have a new mugshot on this blog soon – one in which the blogger has less hair and more wrinkles. Ain’t gettin’ older grand?