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

The Continuing Travels Of Alex "Suitcase'' Petizian

Well, think of it this way: Alex Petizian is seeing much of North America in his rookie season in the play-for-pay game.

The former Alaska Aces rookie goaltender -- albeit, he never played a second for the club -- has been released by ECHL Elmira. That adds to his stops in ECHL Alaska and Ontario and AHL Portland and Binghamton.

Dude has only played 122 minutes -- the equivalent of two games -- in all that journey.

Well, the Aces need a goalie for a bit, what with Gerald Coleman up in AHL Peoria the last two weeks (where he has not played a single minute, by the way). Makes you wonder if the Aces feel like it's worth a plane ticket to fly Petizian into California for a three-in-three series against Stockton that opens Friday night. It's either that, or pick up the usual suspect -- an emergency back-up goaltender, who can only play if the rostered goaltender becomes injured (and, trust us, that's the only way you want to play at E-Bug).

(And another by the way -- you think other teams might have goaltending concerns. Hell, in Elmira they might as well install a turnstile between the pipes -- the Jackals have used NINE goalies this season, and that's dudes who have actually played, so it doesn't count Petizian).

In any event, Aces coach Brent Thompson said Wednesday that word he's received is Coleman could be up in Peoria for at least another week. The goaltending situation in the St. Louis Blues-Peoria-Alaska pipeline stems from an injury to St. Louis No. 1 Jaroslav Halak. That starts the domino effect down to Peoria and Alaska.

And, remember, the Blues have five goalies in their organization, but all are spoken for, so it's not like the Aces are gonna get help from St. Louis/Peoria. Halak, Ty Conklin of Anchorage and Ben Bishop are in St. Louis, and Jake Allen and Coleman are in Peoria.

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