Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Way to Early

Wow it's been awhile. It has been so long I forgot my password to log into google to write a new post. And screw you google, I will not capitalize you're g. Let me first tell you what I planned to do during the summer:
• Get a new layout/colors
• Try and get interviews from Dallas Baldwin, Patrick Robertson, and the two coaches that are no longer here
• Get a continuing chat box much like the one DD had/has on his blog
• Host a live chat during away games

But I did not achieve any of this. I wanted to. But I have found the one guys, the one girl I cannot live my life without. I had an idea of what I wanted in my dream girl, but she is everything I wanted and even more. I love her. And, I choose to spend my little free time with her. Now I know what you're thinking, but no she is not the only reason why I didn't do anything for this blog over the summer. Yes, goddammit it is already fall.

When I set out to create this blog, it is because I wanted to provide coverage for my absolute favorite hockey team. But I quickly realized just how much time writing a blog can swallow up. It doesn't seem like it would, but I would spend over an hour writing a game-day post. I would do this short game-day posts Friday morning before my 9 am class. The Wednesday posts I would put something super short together in less than 30 minutes. I wasn't able to put everything in posts that I wanted to. I didn't have the time to. That was last semester, and this semester is even going to be worse. For those who don't know, or forgot, I am a Civil Engineering major. I've struggled, and clawed my way through three years just getting to the point of being a sophomore in my major. I have three years left, and now comes the most challenging classes. I have my second to last math class before getting my minor in Math (ODE-Ordinary Differential Equations), my last general Physics and Chemistry classes also. Throw in two labs for those classes and an online class to top it all off! I'm gonna be so deep in homework and banging my head into walls this semester it's not even funny.

I didn't provide enough coverage last semester, so how in the blue hell am I going to do any better this semester? I simply cannot. DD put a precedence on just what it takes and what us Seawolf fans deserve in a fan blog. I did not live up to that, nor can I for awhile. So I will hang up my keyboard for the near future. Maybe in a few years when I get my degree, and go after my Master's or P.H.D. will I come back and host a blog.

It does feel kinda wrong to quit now. With us getting a new head coach, new AD, and new league. But I have to call it quits. I fervently hope somebody picks up a blog. Us Seawolf fans deserve more than the USCHO, and the numb nut over at the ADN. I don't know what else to say. I hope we can finally have a winning season in the watered down WCHA. I hope the best for those who are reading this. And I hope to see you guys in a new blog somewhere over the web. Adios amigos, for now. Go Seawolves!

Friday, March 29, 2013

Shyiak no longer Head Coach

Earlier today it was announced by Steve Cobb that Dave Shyiak will not be returning as Head Coach of the University of Alaska Anchorage Seawolves. The search now begins for a new Head Coach. Unfortunately for more reasons then Dave himself, he was not successful here. But thank you for you all that you have done, and good luck in your future endeavors.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Game Day 3/08/2013

I had some hope that we could maybe at least force another shootout for the Governor's Cup, but that did not happen. It was almost my last hope for this season, I mean we still have the playoffs to do some damage. But it appears we are going to St. Cloud, and we all know what kind of house of horrors that place is. This Senior Group I really liked and I hope that they end their college careers with a good bang. But I just don't know if that will happen. It has been a long, tumultuous season that in all honesty I want to end. We Seawolf fans have suffered for many, many seasons. And this season has taken the most toll on me personally, yes even more than the 1-28-7 season under John Hill I believe we had. That season I was like in 4th grade, back then I was still worrying about how to finish my Spyro video games. I don't really know what I'm getting at, maybe I just happy this season is finally winding down. Remember we play tonight (5:37) and then now Sunday at 9:07 am AKST. Brett Cameron, Jordan Kwas, and Austin Coldwell all unfortunately will probably not play this weekend.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Game Day 3/01/2013 (Updated)

This weekend we square off against our rival. See what I did there? I know I'm a comedic genius, but here are some of my thoughts:

• Let the boys roam free, our team is very good at playing up and down hockey
• Stay out of the box, let's face it our special teams suck
• Score early to shut up those damn _airbankings, _airbankities, or whatever the hell they are
• No more freaking OT, I'd rather see a team win then us get another tie
• Jordan Kwas and Austin Coldwell will both be out for this weekend, time for some other guys to step up
• No current Seawolf has raised the Governor's Cup, time to change that
• These are rivalry games, anything can happen at anytime
• I hope our boys spent some time practicing their shootout moves, which I still don't fucking get: Why does UA_ have the advantage if the series gets tied 1-1?

Now enjoy some pictures along with the music:

And of course all the photo credits go to whom took them

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Well shit

The title says it all. We entered the weekend with the slim chance of finishing in 11th, but that is now gone. Our seniors last full home weekend is gone, this final season in the real WCHA is nearing gone. On the seniors note, I hope the parents had a good weekend, it's too bad we couldn't get a split with them here. Major kudos to UNO, we were in it for a majority of the weekend but UNO was unrelenting. As they should be, they still have a shot at first place and I applaud them for not taking us too lightly. Looking ahead, we play UA_ in two weeks (Squarebanks for Friday and The Sully for Saturday night) and then Denver the following week in a Friday night, Sunday afternoon schedule (Times are 5:37 pm AKST and 10:07 am AKST).

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Game Day 2/16/2013

Damn it in a beautiful day, the clouds have now rolled in but damn I was too tired to get out and enjoy the sunshine. Anyways, looking at the standings we are all but guaranteed last place unless we win out and Bemidji losses out. Even for an optimist like me, it's over. Might as well enjoy ourselves right? Warning NSFW or Not Safe for little Kids who are Sponges:

If you didn't laugh once, I seriously question your sense of humor


Things to look out for
• Junior Jordan Kwas has five Power Play goals, nobody else has more than one this season
• He also needs only one more goal for ten on the season
• Sophomore Kory Roy has yet to register his first collegiate goal, 0-9-9 in 48 GP
• Needs to see action tonight to appear in 50 career GP

Friday, February 15, 2013

Game Day 2/15/2013

I hope everyone had a fantastic Valentine's Day, but you know what time of the week it is. We finally got a split! It had been like forever since we last did that (Nov. 30th & Dec. 1st vs. St. Cloud State). Tonight is Parent's Night, there are 1,000 bag tags (whatever those are) for the early comers, and the Family Four Pack is again available this weekend.

Family is still the Promo Code

Also, this is the last full home weekend for the departing seniors:

Chris Crowell (Captain)
Tyler Currier ( a good way)
Alex Gellert (Stud)
Daniel Naslund (Swede...everybody loves the Swedish...well their women at least)
Scott Warner (STUD D-Man and Assistant Captain)

When these guys leave, they will leave some holes in our depth chart and locker room. Let's give them a proper send off, well you guys can, I have to go help out a friend tonight.

Click here for the link for the guys that are Scholar-Athletes, congratulations guys.


Things to look out for
• UNO split with MTU then just got swept by North Dakota
• Junior Matt Bailey has totals of 1-2-3 in 5 GP against UNO
• Junior Jordan Kwas has five Power Play goals, nobody else has more than one this season
• He also needs only one more goal for ten on the season
• Sophomore Kory Roy has yet to register his first collegiate goal, 0-9-9 in 48 GP
• Needs to see action in both games this weekend to appear in 50 career GP

Friday, February 8, 2013

Game Day 2/8/2013 (Updated)

Yeah I know, I'm still figuring out my schedule but let's dive right in shall we. Overall it was a great weekend, we got two points via a tie and a tie, I would have much preferred a win and a loss but oh well. Kurt will not be available to make the Michigan trip, and we on the radio side will be listening to Michigan Tech's Dirk Hembroff. I believe David Tuttle is away on assignment, I forgot where. And I don't think Tuttle has ever been on the road with Kurt for any on-air broadcasts. I hope Kurt heals up, but if that means we miss him for another few weeks so be it, I'd rather him be healthy as opposed to coming back to soon for just a broadcast. Here is a piece by

We play Michigan Tech this weekend and I'm hoping for the best, potentially if Wisconsin sweeps Bemidji and we sweep MT we could have 12 points (same as Bemidji) but we would be behind them because of the head-to-head match up (1-0-1 in favor of Bemidji). I like when we can open up our style and just go down and up the ice, our boys have now shown we can hang with opponents when it's five-on-five. We have to stay out of the box, and have some fun. Don't take stupid penalties, yeah you can stick up for your teammates but don't do it in a way to get a penalty. We need points, wins, not more penalty minutes. Game times are 3:07 pm AKST and then 1:07 pm AKST.


This is what I hope we do to Michigan Tech this weekend
This was a great fight by the way, my friend was at Buffalo Wild Wings and said the place went crazy as Overreem was heavily favored and hyped up

Things to look out for
The last eight home games MT has gone 1-5-2
• The last five games between us MT has won the last three games, and UAA has won five in a row before that, for awhile we went 6-0-2 against MT. This is opposed to the notes section in UAA's Release where it says MT has won the last 4 of 5 and us the 5 before that
• Sophomore Derek Docken has totals of 1-2-3 in 4 games against MT
• Sophomore Andrew Pettitt has amassed 0-2-2 in 2 games vs. MT
• Junior Jordan Kwas has four Power Play goals, nobody else has more than one this season
• Sophomore Kory Roy has yet to register his first collegiate goal, 0-9-9 in 46 GP
• Senior Alex Gellert needs one more assist for his career 25th
• Sophomore Scott Allen needs two more points to amass 25 career points

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Game Day 2/2/2013

For those who know internet memes, I think you would appreciate that just a little bit. For those who don't, it should be pretty straight forward. Anyways we showed some grit last night, that was a great play by Scott Allen to circle the net and just throw it at the net. And again Blake Tatchell was big for us, he went 1-1-2 and was +2 for the night. I think our focus should be bringing in some guys that can compliment Blake for the future. For a good part of the game it was up and down hockey, which is great for the fans and our team looks pretty solid skating around trying to make something good happen. There were some positives but we need them consistently. CC did take over the OT around the second minute mark, but we were able to keep them off the board. Interesting to see if Kamal gets the nod again, he played very solid in my eyes. But did he play good enough for tonight's game? I don't know.


Things to look out for
• Junior Matt Bailey needs one more assist for his 10th of the season, and one more goal for his season's 5th
• Junior Jordan Kwas has four Power Play goals, nobody else has more than one this season
• Sophomore Kory Roy has yet to register his first collegiate goal, 0-9-9 in 45 GP
• Matt Bailey is one goal away from his career 25th goal
• Senior Alex Gellert needs two more assists for his career 25th
• Sophomore Scott Allen needs two more points to amass 25 career points
• Junior Chris Kamal needs to see action tonight to play in his 50th career game
• The line of Blake Tatchell, Scott Allen, and Jordan Kwas were responsible for all the points last night 2-2-4
• Jordan Kwas has totals of 1-6-7 in 9 games against the Tigers 

Friday, February 1, 2013

Game Day 2/1/2013

Well we face off this week against a struggling Colorado College team. If we wanna escape this season with more than one win in league play, this might be our best opportunity. I'm hoping for at least one point out of this weekend, we are now six points behind Michigan Tech and Bemidji State and we have played one more league series than the both of them. If the Hockey Gods are kind to us, we would somehow put up a fight for 11th place. But much like Bigfoot, I want to believe but just do not think that the creature could escape us thus far.

This weekend we are provided with:

I think in years past, a majority of the times attendance was actually down when they have done this or very similar promotions. Whether that be because it's near the end of the season and people realize just how bad we can be or whatever I will start keeping note of the attendance with this promotion. Also, there might be some processing fees from Ticketmaster, so be forewarned. UAA Students should be able to get free parking via a tip from Sherry, thank you for the heads up! Also; first 1,000 fans there get a Cinch Bag, or as I like to call them, gangsta backpacks. You can thank Wells Fargo for them. But if you can take advantage of this, go ahead. (I'm sure the sodas alone take up 20-30 dollars of the "$ 99") Link here.


Things to look out for
• Sophomore Scott Allen needs one more goal for his 10th of the year
• Junior Matt Bailey needs one more assist for his 10th of the season
• Junior Jordan Kwas has four Power Play goals, nobody else has more than one this season
• Sophomore Kory Roy has yet to register his first collegiate goal, 0-9-9 in 44 GP
• Matt Bailey is one goal away from his career 25th goal
• Senior Alex Gellert needs two more assists for his career 25th
• Scott Allen needs three more points to amass 25 career points
• CC gives up more goals than us 3.62 compared to our 3.33, though they do score 3.38 a game
• Their Penalty Kill is barely better than ours 76.3% to our 73.4%
• Junior Rob Gunderson is 4-3-0 against CC
• Jordan Kwas has totals of 1-5-6 in 8 games against the Tigers

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Kinda Morbid

Well it's Wednesday morning, I know I should put some kind of post up but I just don't know what to write about. This season just keeps dragging on, and unless Michigan Tech or Bemidji State lose out to finish their season we are going to finish in last place. And, I'm not so sure we can beat UA_ seeing as they finally might be getting their shit together. This season just alright freaking sucks. Our only saving grace might be Blake Tatchell, that freshman leads us in scoring (5-10-15 in 24 GP) and will probably finish the season leading us in scoring. And, of course this will also not be our worst season in the WCHA ever. I am really trying to keep this whole positive thing going, but it just keeps getting harder without any recent wins. Scheduling note, we keep playing each weekend until Feb 15-16 (UNO), and then we get two weeks off until Squarebanks and Denver to end out the regular season. The Super Bowl is this weekend, it just seems like fate that Ray Lewis will win another ring, much like that year the Saints won it all by eeking out a victory against my Vikings. I think this is where I will end this rambling post, enjoy this classic rock song on your hump day:

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Game Day 1/26/2013

So I had forgot to mention that I would not be able to attend the chats (congrats to Alaskana for finding a new chat site since tinychat was down last night), but I was at the 2013 Annual ANSEP Banquet. Seeing and listening to Buzz Aldrin twice in one day was amazing, as I am a member of ANSEP and without them I wouldn't even be where I am in college. I would upload some of my own photos of him at ANSEP talking but my SD card is being a jerk. I forgot my camera at the banquet and I regret that but here's one from the ADN, courtesy of the ADN and blah blah blah.

And another:
Guy is pretty funny, told his life story and all around was a class act. But enough with the self promotion and promotion of ANSEP, back to hockey.

Getting home at 10 meant I had to change and put all my stuff away so I missed the news, so I have no idea how our team did last night. We lost, don't know if we can come back tonight to win, but I hope we can. Again, here at UAA I can view all the ADN articles and photo gallery's, but at home I cannot. Is this happening to anybody else?

This Week in the WCHA (Current Week Link)

Things to point out, and watch for
• Sophomore Kory Roy has yet to register his first collegiate goal, 0-9-9 in 42 GP
• Matt Bailey is one goal away from his career 25th goal
• Senior Alex Gellert needs two more assists for his career 25th 
• Matt Bailey need one more point for his 50th career (Kwas got his 50th point last night)
• That Blake Tatchell is probably going to lead this team in scoring
• Don't forget the game starts at 5:07 AKST
• To end the season we play Denver in Denver on Friday night and then Sunday afternoon, anybody else see that before?

Friday, January 25, 2013

Game Day 1/25/2013

We must absolutely split with Wisconsin. I don't care how we do it, tie and tie or win and loss. We need something, anything to put some pep into our boys skates. I don't want our team to finish in last place and we are running out of time. This is the first home game for Bucky in over a month, it will be loud but our boys seem to feed off from it. Game starts at 4:07 AKST and at 5:07 Saturday night.

This Week in the WCHA
New kick ass stats page

• Junior Jordan Kwas has 2-3-5 totals in 4 GP against Bucky
• Junior Matt Bailey against Bucky has amassed 1-2-3 in 4 GP
• Sophomore Kory Roy has yet to register his first collegiate goal, 0-9-9 in 42 GP
• Aside from Chris Kamal (Goalie), Brett Cameron (Injured), and Ben Matthews (1 GP) everybody else has now at least one point this season
• Matt Bailey is one goal away from his career 25th goal
• Senior Alex Gellert needs two more assists for his career 25th 
• Matt Bailey need one more point for his 50th career
• Jordan Kwas needs two more points for his 50th career point

Sunday, January 20, 2013


Well this seems familiar, I was saying to myself after MSU scored the first goal of the game. But then fate reared its ugly head and we just got outplayed. Moving on. 

Our best bet to finish in 11th place is to sweep Michigan Tech later this season and at least gain an additional three more points than MT. So in ten league games left we would have to go at least 5-4-1 against Bucky, CC, MT, UNO and Denver, and this would be assuming MT goes 2-7-1 ( against UNO, UAA, MSU, SCSU and CC). Could we still do it? Ummmm.........yes? This season's version of the Seawolves is not consistent, I would like to think we could pull off a split with Bucky, maybe even CC, then if we could sweep MT that would leave us a record of 1-2-1 against UNO and Denver assuming of course MT falters and goes 2-7-1 to end the season. Looking at Bemidji's schedule, it is fucking rough: UNO, SCSU, Bucky, MD, ND, and Minny. Now I feel a little bit better, looking at MT's schedule and Bemidji's we have hope.

[Bold and italicized indicates home series]

Must have goals
Split with Bucky, either win and loss or tie and tie
• Same with CC
• Sweep MT
• Then coast a win and tie out of the UNO and Denver series

Simple right? But alas, even with the best of laid out plans, something very unexpected arises. Maybe Brett Cameron will come back and lead the charge from out of the cellar. Maybe Robby or Kamal will steal the end of the season with some fantastic goal keeping. Maybe Matt Bailey will go on an absolute scoring spree and catapult our team, we all know he is capable of this. 

With Bemidji and Michigan Tech, surely one team must royally screw up right? If I had all of King Midas' gold, I would bet on Bemidji. That is an absolute hell of a way to end your season, unless of course they can somehow split there way to a .500 record here down the stretch. And if Bemidji does do poorly, we could potentially end up in 10th or tied for 10th. I don't think we could catch up to CC (currently in 9th place), they have the easiest of schedules between these four teams and are at 15 points.

On a side note, the 2013 Division I Rulebook has been passed and there seems to be a lot of money now available to student-athletes, whether it be financially, performance based, or medically based. I think it's in the right direction, this will help some less fortuante student-athletes and will help cut down on illegal payments made to student-athletes across the board. Link is here.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Well it's something

It wasn't a win last night, but it's something. Maybe this was karma for last Friday night, but I would've wanted a win. It started out ugly being down 2-0 to end the first period, but we found something late to preserver. MSU has now played three straight overtime games, and four of the last five. We need a win tonight, and we all know what we must do to accomplish this.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Hmmm yes, well

Yes there was no Wednesday post because I'm am getting used to my new schedule for this college semester, that Monday off was absolutely amazing. By next week, things will run hopefully more smoothly. Last weekend started off well, then it started going to crap, and then it hit the fan by the end of the Saturday game. We played well Friday and in my eyes deserved the win, but this was not the case. Saturday night we started out sluggish and perhaps tired, then it all went to shit.

We need to salvage something from this season, whether it be an 11th place finish or perhaps playing Minnesota whatever way possible in the playoffs. How frickin' sweet would it be if for the last real WCHA playoffs, we beat Minny in the John? It would be sooo sweet, that the original Cookie Monster would be put to absolute shame. Normally I would not condone maybe laying down low in order to finish in a more desirable place for the post season, but this would not be the first time a WCHA team did this and would not be the last. Michigan Tech is currently in 11th place with nine points (16 GP), we are 12th with five points (16 GP).

"I wanna believe that there is still hope, 
Now I'm hanging in the balance alone,
I don't wanna be the last to know"

This weekend we are playing a streaky Minnesota State hockey team, evidenced by a seven game win streak, a four game win streak, and only once did they lose only one game in a row. They recently got swept by Wisconsin in back-to-back OT games, but they still are getting great play by there freshmen goaltender Stephon Williams (a 1.84 GAA with a .925 save percentage and a 11-6-1 record). 

We need to play smarter, don't try and make the plays that don't need to be made. Keep it simple, dump the puck, cycle, and hang onto the freakin' puck. When we were doing this against the #1 team in the nation, we were winning. Man I'm starting to sound like Dave Shyiak....don't know if that's a good thing or not. But please rest assured, I do smile more than Dave.  Okay, now that I'm done tooting my own horn, let's talk puck control. A previous comment from the last post nailed it on the head, " UAA needs to have more puck poise. They often ping pong it around the ice when there is an open guy they could pass it to, and they aren't seeing it". Here is the whole comment. As I have stated before, teams don't give us respect when we possess the puck. Look at the tournament games we play to start the season, those teams generally don't know us and back up off the puck controller. This gives the guy time and space to make a good play, whether it be a pass, dump, or a shot. Now look at our current games, opposing players hound our puck controllers and do not give us respect. We can still play well, by well, dumping the puck, cycling, and hitting. All this in my eyes is to combat our opponents aggressiveness. It does well and if we stick to the game plan and don't take too many penalties we are competitive. We stay out of the box and we are dangerous, evidenced by Friday nights previous game.

• Also of note the Skate the Seawolves has been moved to the Wells Fargo Sports Complex, it is at 1-3 AKST this Sunday. 
• And the Green & Gold Friday Promotion is still there
• Students you do get in for free by the way

ADN's Piece (Don't know if it will work though due to the new subscription crap but I can view it here at UAA)
A Goalie doing his time (Guess who it is)

Things to point out, and watch for
• Senior Jordan Kwas is now a Junior, via
• Junior Chris Kamal is 2-2-0 against MSU
• Junior's Kwas and Brett Cameron both have totals of 2-3-5 in eight games against MSU, Brett is still on the Inactive List I believe
• Senior has achieved numbers of 1-5-6 vs. MSU
• Sophomore Kory Roy has yet to register his first collegiate goal, 0-9-9 in 40 GP
• Sophomore Andrew Pettitt is one game from his 25th
• Matt Bailey is one goal away from his career 25th goal
• Junior Brett Cameron is one strike from his 10th career goal
• Senior Daniel Naslund is one assist away from getting his 25th
• Senior Alex Gellert needs two more assists for his 25th
• Matt Bailey needs one more point for his 50th career point
• Jordan Kwas needs two more points for his 50th career point
• Alex Gellert the only Seawolf who is positive in league games +1, and in all games +4 (Freshmen Ben Matthews is even in his one tourney game appearance though)

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Game Day 1/12/2013

That one really hurt, we more than needed that win. Nonetheless we can still split with a win tonight. We played very well against the #1 team in the nation, and we were one penalty kill away from a win. Long story short, regardless of whether or not Tyler Currier deserved a five minute major, that was a hit that he didn't need to make. He had backup in Chris Crowell, if he had just pressured Zach Budish, who knows we could've went to overtime at the very least. I'd hate to be so hard on Tyler Currier because I like his style of play, the grit and nastiness of his game. But:

Dude you are a senior, you are from Anchorage, and we could've made the push to OT or won. 

Upon watching this again and again, in all honesty that was a bone-headed play by Tyler Currier. Chris Crowell had Zach Budish all tied up, and occupied. Tyler just got way too excited, and in this one conference win season so far, makes it even worse. Just try to get the puck or skate over to the defenseman and clog up a passing lane Tyler. Here's the video:

And a little breakdown.

Somewhere in the middle of the 2nd period to around the start of the third period, Kurt Haider on air called out Chris Crowell and Tyler Currier. I don't remember his exact words but it went something along the lines of "Currier and Crowell should know better, there are currently taking the bait from Minnesota and should stop biting". Boy was that foreshadowing or what, but I digress.

Feel free to vent your frustrations here, but this is the last time I will bring this up this season.

We need a win badly, and how do we do this you ask? By playing exactly the way we did in the first period last night. We had the #1 team in the nation on its heels, we scored first and got the crowd out of it until Minny scored. Again, Minnesota only scored one even strength goal. We are hard to score against five on five, Don Lucia brought this up in the Golden Gopher's Preview Interviews. If we can stay out of the box, come out fires a blazing and play smart hockey the whole game, ladies and gentlemen we have a split series.

I thought Gundy played very solid last night, the game winner you knew was going in though. Doesn't matter if we had Dominik Hasek or Jacques Plante in net, that baby was going in. I say stick with the rotation, Kamal is 3-4-0 against UM and maybe he can help work some puck luck to the boys. As for the Gophers, it will be interesting to see if there stud Adam Wilcox will start tonight, he has already played two games this week (Notre Dame on Tuesday then us). According to College Hockey News, Adam will get the nod again from Head Coach Don Lucia.

Things to watch for
• The whole score by committee was in full action last night as nine different Seawolves registered a point, nobody had more than one last night
• Blake Tatchell had an assist last night and is the current leader in points 3-9-12 in 19 GP

And the drop of the puck is 4:07 AKST tonight and on 650 KENI for us locals listening in on the great Kurt Haider.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Game Day 1/11/2012

Tonight at 5:07 AKST we face off against the Minnesota Golden Gophers. Quick tidbit, if you thought ticket prices were bad at the Sully, Minny has base tickets prices of $35 for this weekend (next home series for Minny who faces off against North Dakota, tickets are $55). I can't even imagine what parking might cost, but I think we still might own the title of most expensive soda, the last time I got a medium it was $6. Then again maybe it's good coffee is cheaper than soda, but anyways I digress.

We need a win, as long as we play tight and cycle the puck we have a good shot. We don't always need to try for the home run play, part of this comes from defensive break downs. One shot can lead to playing from behind, if we shore this up we are dangerous. Last time we played Minny they only had one even-strength goal for the whole weekend. We should have won that Saturday night, but Minny tied it up late. It's finally time to avenge this, and salvage something from this season.

As far as the chat is concerned, I think it's best to leave Alaskana's chat the primary one to finish out this season. I will be there and you can find it here.


Things to point out, and watch for
• Junior Chris Kamal is 3-4-0 against UM, fellow Junior Rob Gunderson is 0-2-1
• Senior Jordan Kwas in eight games versus UM has totals of 1-4-5
• Junior Matt Bailey has three goals in eight games against UM
• Sophomore Derek Docken has totals of 0-3-3 in six games versus you guessed it UM
• Sophomore Kory Roy has yet to register his first collegiate goal, 0-8-8 in 38 GP 
• Jordan Kwas is one game away from playing his 75th
• Derek Docken is about to play in his 50th game
• Sophomore Andrew Pettitt is one game from his 25th
• Matt Bailey is two goals away from his career 25th goal
• Junior Brett Cameron is one strike from his 10th career goal
• Senior Daniel Naslund is one assist away from getting his 25th
• Senior Alex Gellert needs two more assists for his 25th
• Both Matt Bailey and Jordan Kwas need two more points for their 50th career points
• Golden Gopher Freshman Ryan Reilly is the only player to be in the - overall, -2 in 7 GP
• Golden Gopher Junior Erik Haula is one point away from his 100th, though he should be out this weekend due to injury 
• In the last 11 games, we haven't allowed more than one PPG per game in this stretch for a 84 kill rate%

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

#1 Team in the nation

This weekend we will face the #1 team in the nation, and to be honest I'm glad it's Minnesota. We haven't had consistent success against them, but we have beat them in their barn before. We are currently the only team EVER to beat them in their current arena in the WCHA playoffs. We have done this three times, and swept them in the 2010-11 Playoffs. It seems there program has been bettered by the firing of John Hill, and good for them. We will forever have ties to the UM program as long as Don Lucia is head coach and Kurt Haider is our play-by-play guy. Kurt is from St. Cloud and it's great to hear his stories when were in Minnesota, and of course Don Lucia was an assistant under Brush and was the coach of UA_ for awhile. But when the puck is dropped, all that is forgotten and it is game time.

Minny has done very well for themselves thus far. Yes they are only in sixth place in the WCHA, but there are 8-0-0 in non-conference play that includes a trashing of BC (8-1) and a win against #2/3 Notre Dame (4-1). In non-conference play Minny has outscored their opponents 37-6, in eight games that averages out to be 4.6-.75. Scary offense outside of league play, but in league play they average a very solid three goals per game, while giving up 2.5. In their past 14 games there are 10-2-2, but in our home league opener against them we lost Friday night, but tied a game we should have won Saturday night.

Much of our season rides on this weekend series, if we split that could go a long ways towards confidence and some inspiration to salvage something from the season. Right now I will classify this as our most important weekend of the season. I don't want another tie, unless that is coupled with a win. Our team does not need a tie, our boys need some confidence to keep grinding.

We will have to play tight, minimize mistakes and strike when given the opportunity. We will have to do our best to take care of the puck, if you have the puck always have a back up plan. Minny is very dangerous again, and they have more than a few guys who can snipe. Unfortunately we will have to dump the puck and work our forecheck. Cycle the puck, as teams do not give us respect whenever we control the puck. Teams are very active around our guys that have the puck, puck control is a must. And if in doubt, just give the puck to Blake Tatchell. He is my favorite freshmen, kid has been a very pleasant surprise so far.

I'd hate to project another split, but I see our guys winning Saturday tight 2-1, after a 4-1 loss. I'd absolutely love to hear some "Overrated" chants Saturday night from some of our fans that I know will be there.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Looking forward to the new WCHA

Well that sucked. On the positive side, it appeared to be much more even Saturday night. I'm afraid if we don't get some points against Minnesota next weekend, we very might well finish in the cellar again. And, honestly I don't really care that much anymore. In the new watered down WCHA, we will get more wins. Yes, getting home ice for the playoffs would have been a sweet finish. But already it has been a long, tough season. I can't wait for the new WCHA, and that new arena that Steve Cobb has been dropping hints about..........wink..wink..

Friday, January 4, 2013

A Valiant Effort

At times we showed some real grit and heart, but sadly it wasn't enough for the win. I'm feeling pretty lazy, tomorrow's a big day for me. Finally seeing a show at the Anchorage Museum with a friend and watching my Minnesota Vikings hopefully beat the Packers again tomorrow afternoon. But I would like to point out some things, that darn Michael Mersch played pretty well and Mark Zengerle did as well for the Badgers. Kudos though to Matt Bailey for putting one in the back of the net and getting his 25th career assist. Interesting to see if Kamal gets the start again tomorrow night. There won't be another post until a series wrap-up. To my eyes, the boys needed a little time to really get warmed up but this same effort for 60 minutes tomorrow night should guarantee a win.

Game Day 1/4/2013

Tonight we entertain the Wisconsin Badgers at 7:07 AKST via the Sullivan Arena. The Friday night promotion is still on. 


Green & Gold Fridays: Wear Green & Gold to Seawolf hockey games on Friday nights this season and get up to two free general admission tickets for kids 12 & under when accompanied by a paying adult. Available only at the Sullivan Arena NW student desk up to 1 hour prior to the game.

Courtesy of Andy Wilheim
Game Day Write-ups & Misc.

What to look for:

Yes, the Wisconsin Badgers have had problems scoring but they also have second-stingiest defense. Their third leading scorer Jake McCabe is busy playing for Team USA in the World Junior Championship, he is the Captain. Wisconsin's leading goal scorer Michael Mersch (11-4-15 in 16 GP), has numbers of 2-4-6 in his last four games. Nobody on UW has had more than three goals this season besides Mersch. Also, Justin Schultz who last season torched us for 1-4-5 and +7, and Mark Zengerle who totaled up 1-4-5 with a +5 in a series up in Madison. The departed Curtis Leinweber had a goal against UW, Austin Coldwell had the other goal for our Seawolves. Warner, Sproule, and Bailey had the assists last season. Bailey looks snake bitten, sooner or later he will get pucks into the back of the net, he's only had two this season. Joel Rumple of UW, and Chris Kamal started and finished both games last season. Brett Cameron is still out (shoulder surgery), and Morgan Zunlnick (leg) will be out for tonight's game. As far as I can tell/remember that is maybe it on the injury front. The only Seawolves skaters not to register a point are Brett Cameron (9 GP), freshmen Ben Matthews (1 GP), and fellow freshmen Chris Williams (13 GP). Again, Rob Gunderson as secured another assist this season (3 for Career), but will Chris Kamal finally break his dry spell? Freshmen D Blake Leask has yet to been whistled for a penalty, he stands alone among UAA skaters. Daniel Naslund and Matt Bailey are one assist away from their career 25th. Alex Gellert is two away. 

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Mid-season evaluation

16 games into the 2012-13 season and we are in last place in the WCHA. In league play we are 1-8-3, which is good for five points. Looking up to two teams directly above us, they have nine points each. We could very well catch up to those teams, surprisingly one of those teams are the Wisconsin Badgers. Who we can say are on the downswing right now, last season they finished 11-15-2 in league for 24 points which saddled them with a tenth place finish. And, the season before that finished one point ahead of us for 8th place. Which means they have reacted negatively to the addition Bemidji State, and Nebraska-Omaha, who would have thunk it? Even more surprising, they only have two more league goals then us in league play this season (23 vs. our 21). Speaking of them, we play them at the Sullivan Arena at 7:07 AKST Friday and Saturday night.

Courtesy of the website, current as of 1/2/2013
There has been some legitimate concerns for us Seawolves fans that we might once again finish last. There are various reasons, but I think we all know what these are so I will not mention them. I have hope that is blind, unfiltered, and what some sane people would describe as a fool's paradise. But we all have to be a little crazy to be a Seawolf fan. I have stated before that being a Red Sox fan is easier than being a Seawolves fan, and this is true. Well, pre-October 2004 to say before the 2009 season for being a Red Sox fan. Both of these respected teams have easily snatched away defeat from the jaws of victory on such a regular basis that it has hardened me both mentally and emotionally.

From the past three seasons, 28 points or more have resulted in home ice for the playoffs. This includes the pre-Bemidji and UNO WCHA. Which means we would need 23 points to finally boo and badger (see what I did there!?) a fellow team in our Sullivan Arena. This is asking a lot, considering we have 16 league games left. Let's take a look at our upcoming schedule:

Shamefully ripped from
Looking to this weekend, I project a series split with Wisconsin. I'm looking out for Wisconsin to come out guns blazing Friday night looking for some "easy" points, and our boys shaking the rink rust off Saturday night. This would leave us with 21 more points to take from seven more WCHA weekend affairs. To accomplish this from a split with Wisconsin, it would require us to at least win and tie every weekend to close out WCHA play. This is a tall order, but I look amped to see we face Minnesota next weekend. This might be our last hope of home-ice in the dominate WCHA. Now of course this is all under the premise that the 28 point ticket to home ice is still in force. Upon further inspection, only once since the 2006-07 season has this not been the case, St. Cloud State in 2008-09 missed the playoffs by one point, they had 28.

At times we have look liked a home-ice team, but other times we have looked young and maybe in awe of our opponents. Most of our freshmen have at least got their feet wet, we can still do this. We have to believe. The emergence of Blake Leask, kid has got numbers of 3-7-10 to lead the team in points, and the goal-scoring of Scott Allen 7-2-9 have got to be corner stones of our offense. Bailey, Gellert, and Kwas have put up some nice numbers so far too. Where are we? Well, were down looking up. Is it time to just give up? No, a 8th or 9th place finish would still please me. But I want more. I need more. Feed me more!

Imagine sitting in your seat at the Sullivan Arena and you hear this song come on, and out come the Seawolves at out at the 25 second mark. Next, hold up the visiting team until the 1:10 mark when the lyrics go, "You're so damn weak...". Would that not pump you up? It would pump me up, and the music at times is not much worse that this. So why not? It would certainly give us an identity, my absolute dream is to have this song come out before we play this season's Governor's Cup against UA_. This song hits, we win the game, and win the shootout, or OT, or goal differential, or whatever the hell actually decides the Governor's Cup. That folks is my dream. After that happens, this song will live on and follow us into the watered down WCHA. Where we will very well eat our opponents because face it, what else do the Seawolves actually eat?

Friday morning/afternoon I put up another post, regarding other people's write-up's. Hope everybody had a great holiday season, and I look forward to MOAARRRR hockey!!