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mmf
09-24-2011, 12:00 AM
I'm not so sure we've seen an end to all the realignment upheaval, but I can almost guarantee you that the trashing talking has only just begun. The next couple of years will feature what could be final games against long standing conference foes, and non-conference match-ups against future foes and against the more superior and elite teams. :rolleyes: It will be a long goodbye to the CCHA.

But there is no better time than the present to start establishing a pecking order for our new conference. Right now you have eight teams that think they will challenge for the conference championship on a yearly basis. It may be nine or ten when all is said and done.

Every contest these next two years will be important, but wins against BIG10, NCHC, or WCHA teams could be extra gratifying. We get a chance to test ourselves right out of the gate. After our Blue & Gold scrimmage this Saturday and our exhibition against NAIT on Oct 1, the fun begins. We face UNO and Clarkson at the Kendal Classic on Oct 7 & 8, and then St. Cloud and Mercyhurst during the Brice Goal Rush on Oct 14 & 15.

With any luck, our visitors plane rides home will seem longer than our long goodbye.

Go Nooks!

AlaskaRox
09-24-2011, 03:28 AM
I can almost guarantee you that the trashing talking has only just begun.

And it will only get better when Anchorage and Bearflanks are in the same league! :D xoxox!


P.S.. Did you create this? ----> http://board.uscho.com/image.php?u=30357&type=sigpic&dateline=1298794542

It looks awesome! (It would look better if we had the cup.. :rolleyes: but still... very nicely done!!)

Rms123
09-24-2011, 12:10 PM
I’m ready to say goodbye to the CCHA. I like the new league we are in. We'll have games against old teams that I have always liked (Ferris, LSSU), games against our rival UAA (that will actually matter now), and games against some new teams (that will be fun to build future rivalries with). Overall, I think we are going to be in a nicely competitive league, that both Alaska school s have a chance at completing for first place in on a regular basis. I’m ready for the Blue and Gold tonight!

mmf
09-24-2011, 01:39 PM
I think the conference will be very competitive. How high a level of competition will be our cross to bear. Not everyone wants to go to a BIG10 school or wear pastel knit polos, so we'll still get our share of skilled players who take pride in carrying the metaphoric lunch pail. It will be up to the league to shut naysayers up or accept their lot in life. No excuses. Train harder, practice harder, play harder. Prove it on the ice. Although realignment is two years out, the same philosophy holds true now.

It's also looking possible that the Nooks may be Notre Dame's first home game in their new rink on Nov. 11th. Many have Notre Dame pre-season #1. Opening ND's rink would be a series on a big stage with big time implications. It really puts the pressure on Western Michigan for Nov.15th, cause ND will be looking for their first victory in their new home. ;)

Ron Meyers was named team captain during last night's kick off banquet. Aaron Gens, Cody Butcher, and Andy Taranto named assistant captains. The Blue/Gold scrimmage is tonight at 7:00 at the Patty Center on campus.

Go Nooks!

revfnb
09-24-2011, 01:58 PM
I'm at the age where time seems to speed up - I am sure the two years will go all too fast. However, I agreed with Rms 123 that the new WCHA will be fun conference for UAF and UAA.

mmf
09-24-2011, 07:26 PM
Two years is nothing. "Alaska Hockey" has had restraining orders lasting longer than that. :) A four game Governor's Cup series with conference points on the line will add a much needed spark to the rivalry. Fan bases should increase and home attendance should improve throughout the season, not just at the cup games.

I just hope that if the WCHA goes to nine, ten or twelve teams that we are somehow able to keep our two Alaska tourneys. Not sure that would be possible. Conversely, it would be nice to pick up an invite to a holiday tourney once in awhile, since our four/five week holiday breaks really set us back.

Go Nooks!

mmf
09-25-2011, 12:33 PM
As usual, the Blue & Gold game last night was well attended and entertaining. Got to see a number of the new guys in action. Fairly business like for a pre-season intra-squad scrimmage. Looks like we are going to have a good mix of offense, defense, young and old. The goalies were tested early and made some solid saves, and all three saw action, Thompson for both squads.

Some snaps of last nights game...

Greenham was called on early and didn't disappoint...
http://mmf.smugmug.com/Alaska-Nanook-Hockey/2011-12-Season/Blue-Gold-Game-Sept-2011/i-6P7FT5s/0/L/20110924-100-L.jpg

Thompson played for the Blue Team the first period and stood tall as well...
http://mmf.smugmug.com/Alaska-Nanook-Hockey/2011-12-Season/Blue-Gold-Game-Sept-2011/i-rbHThnL/0/L/20110924-67-L.jpg

Filzen scored on this redirection past Cahill to put the "Gold" up 1-0...
http://mmf.smugmug.com/Alaska-Nanook-Hockey/2011-12-Season/Blue-Gold-Game-Sept-2011/i-wRdjLMs/0/L/20110924-174-L.jpg

Gates stayed focused and put a redirection past Thompson as well, from fellow freshman Kaiser on this series...
http://mmf.smugmug.com/Alaska-Nanook-Hockey/2011-12-Season/Blue-Gold-Game-Sept-2011/i-FhDdvdm/0/L/20110924-281-L.jpg

Yaremchuk scored on this rebound, his first of two on the night...
http://mmf.smugmug.com/Alaska-Nanook-Hockey/2011-12-Season/Blue-Gold-Game-Sept-2011/i-zqjrHjf/0/L/20110924-303-L.jpg

Yaremchuk fought through Butcher & Perry to notch his second...
http://mmf.smugmug.com/Alaska-Nanook-Hockey/2011-12-Season/Blue-Gold-Game-Sept-2011/i-CbHNbC2/0/L/20110924-357-L.jpg

Taranto tried to lead the Blue back to no avail. But he got re-acquainted with the the paint, his bread and butter and home away from home for the next seven months or so.
http://mmf.smugmug.com/Alaska-Nanook-Hockey/2011-12-Season/Blue-Gold-Game-Sept-2011/i-tDWvLhW/0/L/20110924-371-L.jpg

richl49
09-26-2011, 03:48 AM
mmf hockey pics! It feels like the season has started.

Alaska Hockey
09-26-2011, 04:47 PM
Im ready to say goodbye to the CCHA. You Guys quit quicker that Sarah did.

birdman
09-26-2011, 05:49 PM
I see USCHO rates Greenham the number 5 goalie. Good recognition for him and the program.

Squarebanks
09-30-2011, 11:04 AM
You Guys quit quicker that Sarah did.

The frozen caribou eyeballs were deeeee-licious.

ballgame
09-30-2011, 11:29 AM
awesome pictures! Love those unis. I would love to go to school in AK

Alaska Hockey
09-30-2011, 01:46 PM
The frozen caribou eyeballs were deeeee-licious.

Wait a minute they where fresh when I gave them to you along with the bbqd salmon lips which you scarfed up within seconds of receiving them. my friends where dumbfounded watching your table manners but I explained you were from _airbanks and they understood. I told you to put the fresh caribou eyes in a cooler for the ride home, which you didnt from the sounds of it and they froze while in your possession. Also I want my jars back the next time you venture out of the village and come to town for a shopping spree.
Another want a be Joe McGinnis stretching the truth to your benefit, just like that mmf dude.:eek:

Alaska Hockey
09-30-2011, 01:48 PM
awesome pictures! Love those unis. I would love to go to school in AK

The only requirement to attend UA_ is that Daddy's check clears. Good Luck

mmf
09-30-2011, 04:51 PM
The only requirement to attend UA_ is that Daddy's check clears. Good Luck

Don't be bitter just because UAA requires the extra step of turning in your man-card. :rolleyes:

Good luck with NAIT tonight. I understand that a "senior-laden" team has a whole different meaning with NAIT. :)

Squarebanks
09-30-2011, 05:02 PM
The wife and I are moving back to Anchorage this fall. That should make it a lot easier for you to pay up after we beat you again this year.


Wait a minute they where fresh when I gave them to you along with the bbqd salmon lips which you scarfed up within seconds of receiving them. my friends where dumbfounded watching your table manners but I explained you were from _airbanks and they understood. I told you to put the fresh caribou eyes in a cooler for the ride home, which you didnt from the sounds of it and they froze while in your possession. Also I want my jars back the next time you venture out of the village and come to town for a shopping spree.
Another want a be Joe McGinnis stretching the truth to your benefit, just like that mmf dude.:eek:

mmf
10-01-2011, 12:51 PM
The C-pups seem to have handled NAIT fairly easily last night with a 7-2 effort. But it's hard to know exactly how that played out or if took them 36 hours of travel time to get to Wasilla :). I hope our boys are all business tonight. A lot to work on. A lot of spots up for grabs. Everyone will probably see ice time, including the all three goalies, so make the most of your opportunities.

Seemed like a pretty clean game last night so both players and coaches deserve credit. Sometimes the exhibitions can get a little out of hand. We do not need any injuries. BTW, does anybody know if we still have players not on the ice because of injuries?

The Newsminer says that the game will be on the radio on KCBF 820, but I'm not sure it is being streamed on the net. If you're interested, try www.820sports.com/ (http://www.820sports.com/) and see if you can get hooked up.

Go Nooks!

Alaska Hockey
10-01-2011, 10:04 PM
Don't be bitter just because UAA requires the extra step of turning in your man-card. :rolleyes:
If they handed out Man Cards in _airbanks without accurate ID half of the men would be turned down and three quarters of the women would be packing one..go figure;)

Alaska Hockey
10-01-2011, 10:15 PM
The wife and I are moving back to Anchorage this fall. That should make it a lot easier for you to pay up after we beat you again this year.
That's what happens when you marry a Seawolf, She moves back home. Maybe you could hang with the Bird when your chores are done .:D

I am ready for the "all sports bet UA_ sv UAA combined victories all sports? ( your chance to double up on the 2 pints of fresh caribou eyes and Bar B Q'd salmon lips.
you brought it up last year mid season. I am ready for that side bet.

revfnb
10-01-2011, 11:35 PM
It is already 4-0 UAF in the first period and the game is on KCBF-820AM Fairbanks, Ak. Picking the game up on my laptop without any problems.