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mmf
01-23-2010, 10:52 AM
Thanks as always for the great pics, mmf. Definitely better quality than the B2 feed!

Thanks. A link (http://mmf.smugmug.com/Alaska-Nanook-Hockey/2009-10-CCHA-Games/Miami-vs-UAF-Jan-22-2010/11027395_XVzzQ#771327659_ShUPG)to about twenty photos from last night.

redhawkman10
01-23-2010, 12:35 PM
Thanks. A link (http://mmf.smugmug.com/Alaska-Nanook-Hockey/2009-10-CCHA-Games/Miami-vs-UAF-Jan-22-2010/11027395_XVzzQ#771327659_ShUPG)to about twenty photos from last night.

Great pics bud, thanks for those! I think that game went according to plan and to what was to be expected. Friday in Alaska is always a dog fight with the travel etc.. I would expect a different game tonight. I would expect to see more pace to the game tonight and for Miami to open it up a bit. The usually play close to the vest on friday's to feel a team out and then adjust on saturday's. I would expect to see Reichard in net again, but if greenham can play like he did last night we could see more bonus hockey. At times Miami has been offensively challenged but Alaska is a very good team and you expect these kinds of battles with them now night in and night out.

Rms123
01-23-2010, 09:36 PM
Don't understand where the hell they came up with that preliminary list. Not a single Miami player on the list. They leave off the #1 goalie in the country (Reichard), and put a bunch of keepers on there with nowhere near as good numbers. Camper and Wingles are having similar seasons as Knelson and Taranto also.

Can't believe no Red Hawks are on that list. Camper should be for sure.

richl49
01-24-2010, 11:25 AM
Letter from Michigan fan on UAF after the Nanooks last road trip.

http://www.newsminer.com/pages/full_story/push?blog-entry-UAF+Nanooks+show+leadership+off+the+ice%20&id=5643696&instance=blogs_editors_desk

To whom it may concern:

I just wanted to let you know how impressed I am with the conduct of your hockey players.

I took my wife and two sons, ages 8 and 4, to Ann Arbor this weekend to watch our favorite college, Michigan play hockey and basketball.

As we pulled into our hotel to check in I noticed some young men wearing suits with Alaska hats. I asked a young man if he played for Alaska. He did and he took time out to go with me to my car and exchange some friendly banter with my son who was wearing a Michigan hockey jersey.

Saturday we had breakfast in the hotel and there were a few tables with your players surrounding us

Michigan had won 6-0 on Friday evening but your kids were nothing but positive towards my kids and answered several questions they had for them.

I just want you to know that I hope one day my kids will be as nice to strangers as your hockey players were to my family.

Although Michigan will always be our school, the Alaska Nanooks have gained 4 new fans. You should be proud of your hockey team and the way they conduct themselves on and off the ice.

Squarebanks
01-29-2010, 09:24 PM
With the one point from tonight, we're up to 31 points in league play. The good news is that Michigan lost, and Notre Dame is down to UNO 4-2 in the 3rd, so as of tonight we should still be in 5th place, one point behind idle LSSU.

Tomorrow night is a big game. Getting out of Marquette with another two or three points, and retaking 4th place in doing so, would be huge, especially with the upcoming series' against OSU and Lake State in February. It's still three weeks out, but right now there's at least a small chance that the LSSU series on February 19/20 could decide the first round bye. Whoda thunkit.

owslachief
01-31-2010, 09:02 PM
Looks like you picked up a transfer from MSU - 6'2 forward Adam Henderson, who is spending this season back at Spruce Grove, AB. He'll be eligble to play in the fall.

richl49
01-31-2010, 11:33 PM
Congrats to Chad Johnson. He had 34 saves in the Rangers 3-1 win over Colorado, his first NHL victory. He's looked pretty strong in his five or six games that he's seen time in.

He was 0-2-1 with a 2.72 gaa and .900 save percentage before tonight. Those numbers will look a lot better after tonight's game.

Suze
01-31-2010, 11:52 PM
Congrats to Chad Johnson. He had 34 saves in the Rangers 3-1 win over Colorado, his first NHL victory. He's looked pretty strong in his five or six games that he's seen time in.

He was 0-2-1 with a 2.72 gaa and .900 save percentage before tonight. Those numbers will look a lot better after tonight's game.

Good for him!

Squarebanks
02-01-2010, 12:03 AM
Congrats to Chad Johnson. He had 34 saves in the Rangers 3-1 win over Colorado, his first NHL victory. He's looked pretty strong in his five or six games that he's seen time in.



Can we have him back?

:D

Squarebanks
02-04-2010, 09:35 PM
Allow me, if I may, to sidetrack briefly from hockey and post a little bit of a rant that hopefully riles up some of my Nanook bretheren as much as it does me: what in God's green earth is it going to take for Forrest Karr and the administration to pull their heads out of the sand and do something about our abominally bad basketball programs? Nobody this side of Ketchikan expected our extremely under-(wo)maned ladies team to be able to put up a fight last night against UAA, but what irks me the most is this sudden tide of basketball players, both male and female, that are either transferring to UAA or being recruited there directly. That, as much as anything else, is not only a very telling fact about the sad state of Nanook basketball but should also be a direct slap in the face to the athletic department at UAF. And that in no way is meant as a shot at UAA; I give Steve Cobb a lot of credit for figuring out that basketball is just as important to the athletic spirit of that institution as hockey is, and dedicating the proper resources and getting a good coaching staff in place.

I'm willing to give the ladies team a pass for now, since it's obvious they are doing the best they can with some extremely limited resources thanks to numerous injuries (again), combined with a first year coach who is making the jump from high school to college.

The men, though, are a different story. This epic slide started when the university administration ran off Al Sokaitis. Say what you want about Al, he definitely could have a *****ly demeanor, but that guy can flat out coach basketball. And the ironic thing is, he wanted to come back to UAF so bad he applied for the women's coach opening a few years ago and was, somehow, turned down. I'm not going to say whether or not it's time to move on from Clemon Johnson, but the mistake that Clem and his staff seem to have been making is their failure to recruit from and build relationships with the high school coaches in the state of Alaska. I remember two or three years ago that not one UAF basketball coach bothered to attend the ASAA basketball tournament in Anchorage; meanwhile the place was crawling with Seawolf recruiters. One of the things that made us a force five to ten years ago (and that makes UAA b-ball a force today) is getting kids to stay in-state. I think it was 04/05, or thereabouts, that four out of the five guys in our starting lineup were Alaskans, including hometown Brad Oleson who only happened to be the best player in the history of the program. Now, I will give the program credit for stemming that tide somewhat: of the six Alaskans currently on the UAF men's team, four are Freshmen from either Fairbanks or other schools in the state. Simply put, that's what it will take to turn this program around: solid Alaskan kids who want to play at home and who can keep their grades up. That's not meant to demean the out-of-state kids who come north, but the fact is that UAF isn't going to regularly attract any talent capable of winning at that level without a strong program already in place, and I think getting that strong program starts with heavily recruting Alaska.

Don't get me wrong, I bleed blue and gold as much as any true Nanook, and I'll always support my school, but I'm getting sick of our basketball program constantly getting egg thrown on its face. Hopefully this gets turned around sooner rather than later.

Anyway, back to hockey. I'm sure the above paragraphs will bring out the Alaska Hockey-And-Suze Signal shining on the Anchorage clouds. :D

seawolfpunk
02-05-2010, 02:56 PM
Allow me, if I may, to sidetrack briefly from hockey and post a little bit of a rant that hopefully riles up some of my Nanook bretheren as much as it does me: what in God's green earth is it going to take for Forrest Karr and the administration to pull their heads out of the sand and do something about our abominally bad basketball programs? Nobody this side of Ketchikan expected our extremely under-(wo)maned ladies team to be able to put up a fight last night against UAA, but what irks me the most is this sudden tide of basketball players, both male and female, that are either transferring to UAA or being recruited there directly. That, as much as anything else, is not only a very telling fact about the sad state of Nanook basketball but should also be a direct slap in the face to the athletic department at UAF. And that in no way is meant as a shot at UAA; I give Steve Cobb a lot of credit for figuring out that basketball is just as important to the athletic spirit of that institution as hockey is, and dedicating the proper resources and getting a good coaching staff in place.

I'm willing to give the ladies team a pass for now, since it's obvious they are doing the best they can with some extremely limited resources thanks to numerous injuries (again), combined with a first year coach who is making the jump from high school to college.

The men, though, are a different story. This epic slide started when the university administration ran off Al Sokaitis. Say what you want about Al, he definitely could have a *****ly demeanor, but that guy can flat out coach basketball. And the ironic thing is, he wanted to come back to UAF so bad he applied for the women's coach opening a few years ago and was, somehow, turned down. I'm not going to say whether or not it's time to move on from Clemon Johnson, but the mistake that Clem and his staff seem to have been making is their failure to recruit from and build relationships with the high school coaches in the state of Alaska. I remember two or three years ago that not one UAF basketball coach bothered to attend the ASAA basketball tournament in Anchorage; meanwhile the place was crawling with Seawolf recruiters. One of the things that made us a force five to ten years ago (and that makes UAA b-ball a force today) is getting kids to stay in-state. I think it was 04/05, or thereabouts, that four out of the five guys in our starting lineup were Alaskans, including hometown Brad Oleson who only happened to be the best player in the history of the program. Now, I will give the program credit for stemming that tide somewhat: of the six Alaskans currently on the UAF men's team, four are Freshmen from either Fairbanks or other schools in the state. Simply put, that's what it will take to turn this program around: solid Alaskan kids who want to play at home and who can keep their grades up. That's not meant to demean the out-of-state kids who come north, but the fact is that UAF isn't going to regularly attract any talent capable of winning at that level without a strong program already in place, and I think getting that strong program starts with heavily recruting Alaska.

Don't get me wrong, I bleed blue and gold as much as any true Nanook, and I'll always support my school, but I'm getting sick of our basketball program constantly getting egg thrown on its face. Hopefully this gets turned around sooner rather than later.



You guys have a BBall team? ;) seriously though i do miss the years when UAF had Oleson and UAA had Bullock, those were great games.

Squarebanks
02-06-2010, 01:21 AM
Big W tonight. This team needed a game like that in the worst way. Be ready tomorrow night though because MSU will come out swinging.

mmf
02-06-2010, 01:52 PM
The Nooks played a solid game last night. They were much more aggressive than they have been recently without over doing it. We had guys around the puck all night. We fore-checked, back-checked, finished checks, and just did all the little things right. We even pressured when on the PK. Good job Nooks.

A few photos from last night's 2-0 win over MSU...

As Coach mentioned at Friday's luncheon, they were stressing puck support....
1.http://mmf.smugmug.com/Alaska-Nanook-Hockey/2009-10-CCHA-Games/MSU-vs-UAF-Feb-5-2010/20100205-247/782220878_U6Bub-L.jpg

Defense played well in front of Greenham all night, not much got through...
2.http://mmf.smugmug.com/Alaska-Nanook-Hockey/2009-10-CCHA-Games/MSU-vs-UAF-Feb-5-2010/20100205-11/782221349_7VP7G-L.jpg

But when it did, Scotty was there...
3.http://mmf.smugmug.com/Alaska-Nanook-Hockey/2009-10-CCHA-Games/MSU-vs-UAF-Feb-5-2010/20100205-126/782221802_BrnZA-L.jpg

We were able to keep Tropp in check all night...
4.http://mmf.smugmug.com/Alaska-Nanook-Hockey/2009-10-CCHA-Games/MSU-vs-UAF-Feb-5-2010/20100205-107/782221557_Aco5G-L.jpg

Taranto had a breakaway chance early on, but Booby Jarosz made a nice glove save...
5.http://mmf.smugmug.com/Alaska-Nanook-Hockey/2009-10-CCHA-Games/MSU-vs-UAF-Feb-5-2010/20100205-77/782221451_xzmqZ-L.jpg

MSU tried to keep the Nook sticks off the ice...
6.http://mmf.smugmug.com/Alaska-Nanook-Hockey/2009-10-CCHA-Games/MSU-vs-UAF-Feb-5-2010/20100205-118/782221691_EHKRM-L.jpg

But Dion was able to deflect in this goal, his second of the night, off a nice pass from Taranto...
7.http://mmf.smugmug.com/Alaska-Nanook-Hockey/2009-10-CCHA-Games/MSU-vs-UAF-Feb-5-2010/20100205-151/782221920_VVurW-L.jpg

Solid defense kept the Spartans at bay the rest of the night.
8.http://mmf.smugmug.com/Alaska-Nanook-Hockey/2009-10-CCHA-Games/MSU-vs-UAF-Feb-5-2010/20100205-229/782222076_AsQkq-L.jpg

Look HERE (http://mmf.smugmug.com/Alaska-Nanook-Hockey/2009-10-CCHA-Games/MSU-vs-UAF-Feb-5-2010/11160233_mWHi3#782220878_U6Bub) for about 30 more shots from last night.


Go Nooks!

Suze
02-06-2010, 03:41 PM
The Nooks played a solid game last night. They were much more aggressive than they have been recently without over doing it. We had guys around the puck all night. We fore-checked, back-checked, finished checks, and just did all the little things right. We even pressured when on the PK. Good job Nooks.


Very nice pictures. Ummm, are you selling those? If so, be sure to take a lot of pics for the Gov Cup series, okay?

mmf
02-06-2010, 04:29 PM
Very nice pictures. Ummm, are you selling those? If so, be sure to take a lot of pics for the Gov Cup series, okay?

Na, I’ve never sold a photo in my life. It’s just a fun hobby. I’ll probably take photos at the Governor’s Cup on Saturday night. The problem is you miss a lot of the game when you’re taking shots.

One more from last night. This is Dion’s first goal. One-tenth of a second later this puck somehow found it’s way into the back of the net. It’s amazing how much a difference a tenth of a second matters sometimes...

http://mmf.smugmug.com/Alaska-Nanook-Hockey/2009-10-CCHA-Games/MSU-vs-UAF-Feb-5-2010/20100205-142/782250271_9RQJo-L.jpg

1/2 nook
02-06-2010, 06:35 PM
this puck somehow found it’s way into the back of the net. It’s amazing how much a difference a tenth of a second matters sometimes...

http://mmf.smugmug.com/Alaska-Nanook-Hockey/2009-10-CCHA-Games/MSU-vs-UAF-Feb-5-2010/20100205-142/782250271_9RQJo-L.jpg

LOL. ouch.

1/2 nook
02-06-2010, 07:00 PM
this puck somehow found it’s way into the back of the net. It’s amazing how much a difference a tenth of a second matters sometimes...

http://mmf.smugmug.com/Alaska-Nanook-Hockey/2009-10-CCHA-Games/MSU-vs-UAF-Feb-5-2010/20100205-142/782250271_9RQJo-L.jpg

LOL. ouch.

Squarebanks
02-08-2010, 12:00 AM
Unfortunate outcome in the shootout last night but Coach Ferguson is right to say that he (and we) should be proud of the effort on the weekend as well as the progress made. Time to bring back at least three from Columbus this week.

Also, I hope Dion shakes up a little bit that backhand shot he likes to do in shootouts; teams and opposing goalies are catching on. The MSU goalie had that one stopped as soon as Dion touched the puck at center ice last night.

Alaska Hockey
02-09-2010, 05:12 PM
I give Steve Cobb a lot of credit for getting a good coaching staff in place.




This is square one. Hire good Coaches and the Students will want to come.

mmf
02-16-2010, 10:13 AM
Thought about starting a game thread, but we appear to have a dwindling on-line fan base so it seems hardly worth the effort. I’ve always wondered why more students or townies don’t chime in here. It’s a sad day when an old fart like me has to start things off, but...

The Nooks are still fighting for first round home ice, but are in control of their own fate. We only have one series left, at home against LSSU, a team right on our heels. But LSSU, like most teams, has four games left. If we can sweep we are guaranteed home ice. If we get swept we give both OSU and ND a chance to jump us in the standings and send us on the road. If we split, tie, or share bonus points then everything remains a toss-up. Bottom line, don’t worry about what everybody else is doing. Just play hard, as a team, for 60 minutes each night.

Remaining schedules for the current 4 thru 10 spots:
UNO(41 pts): Miami
NMU(39 pts): UM, LSSU
UAF(39 pts): LSSU
UM(37 pts) : NMU, ND
LSSU(35 pts): UAF, NMU
OSU(33 pts): WMU, Miami
ND(32 pts): BG, UM

Go Nooks!