Sunday, October 22, 2006

Governor's Cup: UAA 1-0-1

Tonight UAA played it's 3rd overtime period in its first 4 games and came away from Fairbanks 1-0-1. With it's poorest effort in a single period this year UAA mustered only 3 shots in the 3rd period but managed to hang on to force OT. Jay Beagle picked up his 3rd goal of the season (and weekend) to stake UAA to a 1-0 lead at 12:26 of the 1st period banging home a rebound from a Luke Beaverson shot. Jon Olthuis got the nod in net tonight and did a stellar job stopping 34 shots.

It was definitely a different game than last night. UAF played a better game and UAA's game plan was much more defensive oriented. The forecheck that had been in evidence on Friday night wasn't nearly as effective at bottling the 'nooks in their own end. There were periods when that was the case but it was infrequent. I thought it was overall a pretty ugly game and I'm just glad it's over.

I enjoyed writing sarcastic BS all this past week about FBX. I enjoyed the 6-5 OT win for it's uniqueness. I'm glad UAA leaves the C.O.A.R. having positioned themselves to regain "the cup" and all; but I'm looking forward to next week and the week after etc ... because all the upcoming games are truly more important than this weekends non-confernece games. The Seawolves travel to Houghton, Michigan next weekend to face an energized MTU team that just swept a good Vermont team (#10 in the country) in Burlington. I said last week after the tournament that it wouldn't get any easier and that is still true. The series at MTU will be the toughest 2 games so far this season. The "real" WCHA Huskies (i.e... not the St. Bob Bluffskies) will hit the ice against UAA sporting a nice 3-1-0 record and aren't likely to give up any WCHA points without a serious fight.


Anonymous said...

Congrats to the Seawolves on two hard fought games. Donald, what did I tell ya about Beagle when last season ended? Glencross potential.

It was nice to see the Carlson Center so QUIET.

Donald Dunlop said...

Jay had a good weekend. He is definitely showing the same sort of work ethic and determination that made Curtis so valuable to UAA. The line of Beagle, Waldrop and Clark looks to me to be a line that will give every opponent some fits. The three of them have been responsible for some very extended shifts deep in opponents zones so far and I'd look for that to continue.

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