Tommy Grant, Brad Gorham and Nick Haddad are now listed as cleared to play according to UAA Athletics weekly release from the always excellent Dallas Baldwin (Assistant Sports Information Director). The Seawolves head out later this week to face WCHA assigned "rival" Minnesota State University, - , - , - , - Mankato this coming weekend. This week's release has all sorts of interesting tidbits; here's a sampling:
The junior class (6 skaters) is producing 42 percent of UAA’s scoring with 28 goals and 43 assists, while the senior (6 skaters) and freshman class (7 skaters) each comprise approximately 24 percent of the scoring … the sophomores, with only three representatives, brings in the final 10 percent.
Since the start of January, the Seawolves have posted a 4-4-2 record, for a .500 winning percentage … since the beginning of the Dave Shyiak era, the Seawolves have never started the second half of the season with this much success … last season, UAA was 3-5-2 to start the second half.
Senior F Kevin Clark continues to lead the Seawolves this season in multiple categories, while advancing in the all-time UAA lists … Clark currently paces UAA in six categories — points (27), goals (16), power-play goals (5), shots (86), penalties (28) and penalty minutes (67) … the Winnipeg, Manitoba, native is tied for 5th in the league overall standings with 16 goals — the most for a Seawolf since Curtis Glencross posted 21 goals in 2003-04 … Clark’s 98 career points rank him No. 22 on the all-time scoring list and are the most since Jack Kowal (1993-96) posted 100 … with two more points, Clark will become just the 22nd Seawolf skater to join the 100-point club … Clark currently has 44 career goals, one behind senior F Josh Lunden, who leads all active UAA skaters with 45.
The Seawolves will aim for a four-peat when they host the first game of the Alaska Airlines Governor’s Cup on Feb. 26 at the Sullivan Arena, before heading to Fairbanks for the finale on Feb. 27 … in conjunction with the men’s (Feb. 24) and women’s (Feb. 27) basketball games against UAF, UAA is hoping to ‘Freeze Out Fairbanks’ with a sweep of all three events … head to the UAA Bookstore to buy a $5 ‘Beat the Nooks’ t-shirt to wear at the games.Aiming for their 100th career games played are junior F Craig Parkinson (96) and senior D Trevor Hunt (96) … as of yet, four Seawolves have suited up in 100 plus games − senior F Kevin Clark (133), senior D Jared Tuton (130), senior F Josh Lunden (118) and senior D Nils Backstrom (104) … rookie Daniel Naslund is looking to break onto the all-time freshman scoring list … the Swede needs one more helper to tie for No. 28 on the assist list, and one more goal to tie at No. 36.
All good stuff. Big thanks again to Dallas for compiling this sort of information. It is no simple task to wade through all-time statistics and compare/contrast the information into an easy to read document. Of course, it makes what I do here fairly simple. It would be simple and even expected to sift through the release and reword/rewrite the information making myself look good. And I've no doubt that that I've unconsciously done exactly that more than a few times. So Cobb should give Dallas a raise .. huh? And while he's at it, give Nate Sagan a raise too! (Yes ... I'm ingratiating myself to those providing me with my Seawolves information stream ... So what?)
Tomorrow (Tuesday), I'll announce the First Annual UAA Hockey Fan Blog Free-Pass Giveway and Extravaganza. I've internally debated the best methods to award the 8 free passes I currently possess. I'd thought of various types of trivia contests and really liked the idea of asking questions like, "Who is Donald's all-time favorite Seawolves player?" or "Since the beginning of the blog what is the funniest phrase ever posted by Donald?" etc ... etc ... But I've since changed my mind and am going in a different direction. Hopefully, my decision won't limit participation since it will require you (my dear readers) to be creative. Hey, that's better than making you slog through hundreds of past posts to find an answer.