Seven-hundred and thirty-two days ago an embarrassment of monumental proportions occurred. It was Friday night October 27th, 2006. The Seawolves traveled to Houghton for their first WCHA series of the season. Sporting a 2-0-2 record (beat Merrimack, beat uaF, tied UNO and uaF) things were looking fairly optimistic. I speculated before the series that a 4-0-2 record would look pretty nice. Then the Seawolves went out and got pounded 9-0. NINE to freaking ZERO! It wasn't some penalty-ridden game (UAA committed 7 penalties). It wasn't a matter of being shorthanded because of injury/illness (UAA dressed 18 + 2 goalies). It was just a classic ass-whooping by a well-prepared and motivated team.
MTU scored at 14:27, 16:12, 16:26 and 19:28 of the 1st period on just 14 shots against Nathan Lawson. Jonny O let 5 pucks past him over the last two periods on 16 shots. On Saturday night, UAA recovered a small bit of pride by losing 5-3 (which included an empty netter).
I visited The Alamo as a youngster while growing up in Texas. Texans are righteously proud of their history. It was a country before it joined the United States. And in the battles that followed their brutal defeat there, Texans did in fact "Remember The Alamo"; the passion imbued by recalling it meant bad news for Mexico. The Seawolves can emulate that spirit this week as they travel to Michigan later this week. Unlike the battle at The Alamo there are multiple survivors from MTU's 2 year old slaughter of our 'Wolves.
There are 9 Seawolves on this seasons team that experienced that event. Kevin Clark, Josh Lunden, Paul Crowder, Trevor Hunt, Nils Backstrom, Shane Lovdahl, Mat Robinson, Jared Tuton and Jon Olthuis. That's 9 guys that better be educating everyone else as to this chapter in Seawolf history. This weekend is the first trip to Houghton since that horrid outing. Such things shouldn't be forgotten. The past exists so that we don't repeat it.