Friday, December 29, 2006

Ewe of Eh Gets An "F"

The Alaska Nanooks did their best to remove the "F" from their name at the beginning of the season but tonight they earned back the "F" with a 4-1 loss to UA Anchorage (the team that isn't ashamed of the city they live in). UAF went 1 for 8 on the power play as the Seawolf penalty killers were in excellent form all night. At 4:05 of the first, a Xmas gift of a 5 minute checking from behind major set the tone as UAA were able to match UAF's number of shots while shorthanded during the 5 minutes. Both teams pressed hard in a period that I thought was fairly intense emotionally.

Paul Crowder opened UAA's scoring with a power play goal at 1:28 of the 2nd when a softly placed pass from Chad Anderson left him alone on the doorstep. Paul hesitated just long enough to find an opening and roofed the puck over Roger's left shoulder. Prettiest goal of the night. Jay Beagle got a typical Jay Beagle goal picking up a 2nd rebound low in the slot and shoveling it behind Rogers on a power play at 6:09. That turned out to be the game winner.

Paul Crowder picked up his 2nd goal of the night on a Merit Waldrop shot from the blueline at 3:14 of the 3rd. I was fairly sure the puck took a deflection before going in and it was originally announced as Merit's goal. Would have been nice for him to be off the schneid but apparently Crowder was the one to tip it in. The even strength goal took the steam out of UAF and made the 5150 fans in attendance realize who'd won the Governor's Cup this year. With Josh Lunden off for tripping at 14:45 UAF pulled Rogers in favor of the extra attacker and Peter Cartwright's whiffed shot went right through the the massive hole in Kyle Greentree's stick into the empty net to make it 4-0 at 15:28. UAF fans left en masse at that point.

It's good to have the whole "Governor's Cup" thing over and done with. 2 of UAF's five last Governor's Cups were decided by shootout's when the season series was an overall tie. Regardless of tomorrow night's outcome UAA has won this season's series outright and there'll be no stupid shootout. Congratulations on that ... now go out tomorrow night and show the CCHA exactly what a competitive WCHA team is all about.


Jimjamesak said...

We did a "What's a Tavis" chant after the game when he was being interviewed on radio. He didn't look happy. :P

Donald said...


Nice one.

Anonymous said...

The fairbanks newsguy didn't look happy when i told tavis that his mom didn't know how to spell either. Just all around grouchy from squarebanks people, of course if i went to uaf i would be grouchy too.

Anonymous said...

Hey donald, Guess what?
From GB

dude said...

Hey Donald, How where the "best seats" in the house last night? Fairbanks fans were strangely quiet last night, but it was nice to see so many of our northerly friends down here contributing to our economy, Thanks Squarbanksians!!!

Anonymous said...

we won the cup!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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