Blog vacation over. Bummer sorta for me. But hockey this weekend against MTU should get me back into the required mode. There is more to touch on than I hoped there would be. Mickey Spencer is no longer on the team. Everyone always wants to know the background when one of these departures occurs. I'm not privy to any details. Nor should I be. Here's a fact about college hockey; players leave their teams sometimes. And it's for a variety of reasons.
There are any number of things we fans can suppose as to the circumstances. It doesn't really matter to me. I would like to see Mickey on the ice. But he won't be there. Someone else will. That's an opportunity for whoever that might be. There's still 15 forwards on the roster ... just sayin.
The Seawolves are 7 points out of a tie for 6th place. So there's lots of work to be done. Nobody else is going to just sit in their spot in the standings and wait for UAA to pass them so I should have capitalized the word "lots" in that last sentence.
I also heard that an unspecified number of players got back from xmas break late. I don't know who or any of those circumstances either but I'm suspecting that it means that whoever it was might sit out a game as a penalty for that. Hopefully it wasn't a high number of players. I think we all remember the getting back to the hotel late debacle in Denver a couple of years ago and the impact that had. I'm suspecting this situation isn't nearly as widespread or problematic as that event.
So it's off to Houghton this weekend and then Madison next weekend. Since these are the only back to back road weekends then we can assume the team will be staying down in the states after the MTU series. Both of these series present good opportunities for the Seawolves to pick up some ground. The Huskies are certainly improved and getting the majority of the 4 points down there is no sure thing.
Wisconsin doesn't appear to be the powerhouse it often is and so there's some hope there to pick up some much needed points also. Then it's the back-to-back-to-back home weekends against DU, UMD and Mankato. That will be a fun three weeks for us fans for sure. Especially since it will be something like 100 days since we saw our boys on home ice. Ok ok ... it's really only 55 days between the last home game and the next one.
UAA's geography is always a challenge for the team and often the schedule can make it seem like two seasons. It sure feels that way this year to me.