Friday, January 30, 2009

Friday Night: DU 6 - UAA 2

Mistake-fest: I really have a desire to boil things down when I'm writing. You know ... the perfect summation. Quit making so many mistakes. Where'd the case of communicable fumble-itis come from? I'd imagine if I replayed that game and counted mistakes with the puck that UAA would have about 3 times as many as DU. I guess that's why DU's scored 3 times the number of goals.

Being shorthanded = "mistake"; turning the puck over = "mistake"; not catching an easy pass = "mistake"; not going down to block a shot = "mistake"; falling down for no apparent reason = "mistake"; trying to force the puck through 2 defenders = "mistake" ... and so on.

Credit goes to DU for essentially beating UAA at its own game. It was the DU forwards that were able to maintain possession deep in UAA's zone and that was the difference in the game. They cycled, pressured and worked the puck for long shifts and dominated exactly the way I'd like to see the team I cheer for dominate. Why couldn't UAA do that? Because DU didn't make many mistakes with the puck in their own end; they moved it out effectively. The Seawolves spread their mistakes all over the ice including in their own end; including not moving the puck out effectively.

We are left to but hope they can somehow regroup and pull off a big upset tomorrow night.

31 comments:

Anonymous said...

Just flat out awful. Another season of second half hope dashed by poor systems and coaching. Cannot believe the results.

Anonymous said...

Tomorrow night we need an Obama type effort: Hope Change Hope Change Hope Change Hope Change....

superseawolffan said...

UAA will prevail. You got to believe men. That's all there is to it, belief. You trust in your god-given hockey abilities and the rest is up to the good lord, and luck. I believe in you. You will come back and throw a dagger into their damn heart.

Anonymous said...

Who Takes respobsibility for the Powerplay and penalty killing.Who takes responsibility for the Lack of Disipline.These are correctable intangibles but at this point how cant you shake your head. Im sorry It doesnt take 5 years for things to turn around in college Hockey.Examples are Notre Dame and you guessed it FAIRBANKS...and that hurts. Im a huge supporter but am really bummed out to see the program where its at. Maybe that will change. Last nights game was terrible hopefully we can rebound.

Anonymous said...

To all fans and supporters of the seawolves, this is a time, starting next week that we fill the sullivan arena to show support for players who have come from all over north america to play for us.
Is it not fun playing in arena with 3000 fans and than you go on the road and play in front of 10000 plus fans. Rally around your team down the stretch and you will see results.
Fan

Anonymous said...

A win would be sweet. The arrogance on this DU team is just too much. When hockey players start celebtating like football players, it's time for a reality check in the form of a physical beating. Also time for the so-called scorers on the Seawovles club to do just that. Score! The only ink many are getting on the score-sheet since December is in the selfish, lazy penalty column. Perhaps time for some to ride the pine.

Anonymous said...

Selby needs to start tonight? Did he even make the trip?

Anonymous said...

Filling the Sully would be easy if EVERY fan brought a friend or two!

Talk up the Friday night promo to families of small kids. Get fans in the door. The U isn't going to promote the team, so it's up to the fans.

It's not just UAA who is suffering with attendance, DU had only 5000 fans (on paper, it looked like much less), and NMU and WMU attendance is even worse than UAA.

Anonymous said...

NMU and WMU had worse attendance, but louder fans, and that is an indisputable fact.

Wolfman said...

I am just tired of losing.

Donald Dunlop said...

I feel as negatively as I ever have about fan support for UAA. Don't get me wrong ... I think the 3400 people that show up every weekend are awesome ... it's the other 3000 that don't come out that sicken me.

Filling the Sully in this town will happen ONLY one way. Sustained success. The Seawolves could come out next year and be in first place on Feb 1st 2010 and on February 8th the place wouldn't be sold out. Still in 1st on Mar 1st and maybe they'd fill the place that night.

The blame definitely lies with the University for not having some staff dedicated to PR/Marketing of all the sports teams. The "external communications/media relations" department (or whatever it is called) needs two more full time positions to be basic PR work with a long term goal of increasing attendance at every sport by 25% in three years.

They could work with AHSSAA (or whatever its called) to expand their "brand" with special deals for high school students.

They could put up a desk/table (or whatever its called) at the Aces games. Give comp tickets and the like for trivia questions or something?

Find some obvious natural synergies between college sports and high school sports eh? Show your high school ticket from Ben Boeke and get into the UAA game free!

But NONE of that can be done by the three or four already hard working guys that they have over there. Cobb needs to hire a couple of specialists and committ to a long term effort to raise the brand image in the minds of the locals.

The latest series of UAA ads even with its visual/image fest doesn't show a single representation/image of any sport that UAA participates in.

When a kid in Deerlick Indiana thinks about Indiana University he thinks of Hoosier Basketball. That sort of association is possible in Anchorage for UAA if they would only market themselves.

Anonymous said...

August Aiken had a nice look last night in the first. Him and Leinweber might be the niftiest guys on the team with the puck. I think he will work out well with our team.

Anonymous said...

I watched the NMU games, their fans were pathetic. They cheered when a goal was scored. Period.

Donald Dunlop said...

Agreed on Aiken ... maybe he'll convert tonight?

Anonymous said...

OK....next wknd the Alaska Avalanche are off. That's 25 friends I'm taking to the game. Anyone up to a challenge on beating that number?

Donald Dunlop said...

Call the UAA Ticket Office ... you may be able to get a group rate if you really have 25 peeps to bring.

akhockeyfanatic said...

I am new to UAA hockey this season. I'm curious about the Blueliner Booster Club. I just went to the hockey website and clicked on Booster Club. All that comes up is an image of the registration form. No contact name, no contact number and no email address. Does that surprise anyone??

Last fall, I joined the Blueliners Booster Club at the $25 entry level. For that amount, I didn't expect much and all I have gotten are a few invites to the Pepper Mill for a Seawolves watch party when the team is away. How about the Blueliners doing their job when the team is home? Why aren't we getting emails that remind and encourage members to show up for HOME games? What a novel idea!

Who is in charge of the Blueliners? Are they in need of volunteers? If so, I will be first in line with my hand raised to volunteer in any way I can. This is a place to start at the grassroot level. All it may take to get things rolling in the right direction are a few committed volunteers to make phone calls, etc. It might be unrealistic for this coming wknd but how about a full house for the Governor's Cup? Wouldn't Fairbanks shit when they walked in to standing room only?!!!!

Anyone have a name I can contact???? I'm in.....!!!!!!

Suze said...

Becky Erickson is the booster president. When you get emails, there should be a link to contact them.

The boosters do some really nice things. When we entertained Wisconsin fans two years ago, they said they didn't even have the booster rooms with the meals like UAA does.

They need to promote the game to the STUDENTS by putting up some tent tables to get the word out. Tickets are FREE, get the word out that there's a game going on!!

Anonymous said...

holy shit the first period shots were something like 14 to 3 we could have been down 5 nothing in the first 10 minutes...DU looks like a pro team playing a highgschool team...Its nice to see the Coaches sit a couple of guys that are under performing but guys like MOIR and Hadad and Wiles are palying regular shifts and have 3 goals or less they should also take turns in the Stands and give Portwood,Selby and Aiken there shot to produce given an honest chance on a regular line...Could they do any worse...If one more person takes a retarded penalty when we our on the powerplay they whould be sent to locker room and procede to take there Gear off..Thats Bullshit and should never happen..

Anonymous said...

How many stupid penalties is Clarke goin to take. doesnt even get a sot off on a break away which would have tied the game and then takes another selfish penalty to put us down for 5 minutes on A DU powerplay that looks like the Boston Bruins...he needs to go take his shit off and watch the rest of the game.

Anonymous said...

that is the exact type of lack of discipline that needs to be delt with severely because it will be a miracle if thats not the ballgame..Miracle.

Anonymous said...

Here ya go powerplay down 2 to 1 with about 14 min left...This is what it comes down to the best teams take advantage of this. Game Crisis points we cant convert. Its all Special Teams tonight again and we need to Convert or go home.

Anonymous said...

2 minutes left and we take a penalty that should cost us the Game...Hold your breath.But its once again Terrible Team Disipline that haunts us..Godd for shiak sitting the hell out of people we need way more of it...!!!!

Anonymous said...

We kill that penalty off and procede to get another stupid penalty..displine,displine,displine..How many chances are we going to give them .Absolutely Ridicoulous.

Anonymous said...

Team Discipline number 1 problem..But that is correctable. Lets see what happens in overtime DU on the powerplay...The Odds SAY???

Anonymous said...

Unbelievable win tonight..The so called Skills guys sat and we won..Great Goaltending,great penaltie killing,Great guts by the Coaches to sit those guys and Clarke deserves to sit the next game for his selfish penalties.. BUT CONGRATULATIONS TO EVERYBODY and thats the end to my runnig commentary.. Team Disipline is something that is correctable and the Coaches have started so truly hats off to you guys..JUST DONT STOP..anybody takes a bad penalty sit the hell out of them it will and has paid immediate dividends..congrats COACHES

Anonymous said...

I think the real key to that win was the fact that Selby was on the ice. His aura alone could have held the cold war at a mild whisper, if only he was born earlier.
"Some Guy"

Suze said...

Will beat skill tonight. UAA wanted that win in overtime more than DU did. Parkinson and Aiken were amazing. Laying down on the ice to block shots, not allowing a single power play goal to be scored against them.

WELL done. That's the effort it takes to win, now lets sweep SCSU next weekend at home!!

annabelle said...

Yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!!!
AWESOME PENALTY KILLING!!!!!Great hustle!!!!!! Good job Seawolves!!!!!

Anonymous said...

TO: clark's hit on the denver motivated our team to get involved in the game, the player he hit was 5 feet from the boards, he was back on the bench, from then on our guys played tough and got back in the game.
Way to go Kevin
Fan

Anonymous said...

Great job to the Wolves!!!
Anon@ 8:11 your a jack ass! cheep shots that could end a kids season are not welcome. You don't know hockey if you praise that type of shit. Clark is good, real good!!, good enough to not need to do that. If he doesn't learn he will end up being that ass hole in mens league putting guys out of work for no good reason. Get a fucking life or a clue.
"Some Guy"

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