WCHA fans might be interested to read former UAA player Justin Bourne's take on his "favourite" road rinks from his 4 year career as a Seawolves player. Bourno goes with "The John" @ #1, the Kohl Center in Madison @ #2 and the NHL Jr. Rink in Grand Forks to round out his top 3. Of note, he says the surface at the Sullivan Arena is...
"the best ice surface I’ve ever stepped foot on. It’s like playing in fast forward it’s so hard and fast."
I figured Justin would love to hear from the UND faithful on this post. They generally chime in like a herd of furtive baboons on methamphetamine anytime a "list" pops up on the Internet that has anything to do with their program.
For the Mariucci he makes tradition and Yankees references; the Kohl gets the usual props for it's band and student section, and the Ralph for being "purty". For any of you Bourne "Noobs", the guy has gone from playing hockey to writing about it and looks to be the future Grantland Rice of the hockey world. If you didn't see the link above click here to go read Justin's observations.
Looking back on the weekend I find a couple of positives. The first one is that in neither UAA game did another week long controversy raise it's ugly head. After two weeks in a row of that BS, I can say that I was definitely ready for a break. Let someone else have all that. Thank you Aaron Marvin for taking the latest spotlight with this ill-advised concussion-inducing run at Chay Genoway. The other positive is that since somebody screwed the pooch on Saturday's TV situation that I got to listen to Kurt Haider.
The Gophers looked good on Saturday beating some shitty overrated team from from the hinterlands of their own state (4-1) and then completely pissed down their maroon legs the next night (6-2). They weren't the only Minnesota team with a big yellow stain down their maroon breezers this weekend though. Duluth let Michigan Tech win on Friday night (3-2) before emphatically getting a split on Saturday (8-1). Colorado College went up to Mankato and dispatched our next opponent twice (1-0, 3-2).
Winter took it's time getting to Anchorage. And today when I got up there were NO DEGREES. Wasn't it like 50 just a couple of weeks ago? All you Hummer drivers across the world need to burn more gasoline dammit. Start throwing loads and loads more CO2 into the atmosphere please. If Anchorage is to become more Seattle-like in my lifetime then I'd like it to happen sooner rather than later. Quit slacking rich people. Consume mass quantities of everything exponentially more than you are already.
Buy more bottled water that gets shipped in to Anchorage from Houston, Texas. You're not eating enough bananas either. If I see more hybrid vehicles up here I swear I'll scream. There's this really big field of coal just across the water from Anchorage. Someone get over there, dig it up and start burning it. Now please. Don't listen to all those tree huggers that want us to limit carbon emissions. I could give a shit if North Dakota turns into a desert or if New York City gets 200 inches of rain a year; I want Anchorage to get Seattles weather.
There's only three more WCHA series before the mid-season break. Mankato this weekend here, then down to Colorado Springs before finishing up the 1st half here with SCSU. Remember back in September I told everyone that the first four series were going to be very very challenging? I figured the team would get a couple of more points out of those games than just the 4 they've earned. The next three series aren't exactly going to be easy. Allow me to be the first to say it ... if the Seawolves don't come away from the next six games with more than an additional 6 points then they're in a big hole to start the 2nd half. The closer to 12 points they can earn out of those games the better. And yes, that's an incredibly obvious thing to type.
The fall signing period for hockey is winding up and it shouldn't be too long before we start to hear some new recruits for UAA as well as which existing recruits have actually inked their name as a promise to come here. Shortly after the SCSU series, I'll have a comprehensive recruit update. I'll be focusing primarily on players coming in 2010-2011 but will supply something about everyone currently listed. I'll also write up some sort of mid-season report cards for the team.
That's all I've got for today. I don't know if I'll have more than one Mankato-related preview this week. That team and that place really bore me so finding some inspiration isn't an easy thing. So with lack of inspiration as an excuse I present for your viewing pleasure ...