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  • Alaska Nanooks 2012-2013: Going Out With a Bang

    New AD? Check.
    New Assistant? Check
    New Goalie? TBD

    I think we can safely retire the 2011 thread now that the leaves are starting to turn in 2012. Our last CCHA season sees the likes of Miami, WMU, Sparty, and Ohio State make their last Carlson Center appearances in games that don't have "Goal Rush" in their heading. The Kendall slate should be fairly easy, but the Brice will test our mettle early on with games against Merrimack and North Dakota.

    The biggest question mark has to be in the net. That's not a shot at any of the current guys, but more a reflection on the rock called Greenham, who has moved on to more lucrative pastures.

    I think we will know after the Brice games how good this team is or isn't. But the pieces are all there, and I'm betting that last year's struggles will pay some dividends for this year's squad.

    GO NOOKS
    “We offer no apology for our location at 64 51’21’’ north latitude. We are building for the future and we are confident that well directed effort and education are the forces which make progress possible”

    —UA President Charles E. Bunnell, 1925

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    Re: Alaska Nanooks 2012-2013: Going Out With a Bang

    Ordinarily early-season volleyball may not be exciting, but if you've ever had a desire to see freshman hockey players as cheerleaders for a volleyball team, tomorrow is your big chance!

    “We offer no apology for our location at 64 51’21’’ north latitude. We are building for the future and we are confident that well directed effort and education are the forces which make progress possible”

    —UA President Charles E. Bunnell, 1925

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    • #3
      Re: Alaska Nanooks 2012-2013: Going Out With a Bang

      Originally posted by Squarebanks View Post
      Ordinarily early-season volleyball may not be exciting, but if you've ever had a desire to see freshman hockey players as cheerleaders for a volleyball team, tomorrow is your big chance!

      UAA hockey players have been doing this for years at the UAA volley ball season openers. Is this a new thing for the Nanook hockey players?
      Originally Posted by aparch
      I love the "UA_" comment. When I see it, I think of re-runs of Match Game, and Gene Rayburn going "U, A, Blank... UA blank"

      From ADN:

      "According to NCAA, the (UAF) hockey team used ineligible players in every game played from the 2007-08 season to the 2010-11 season. Over that span, the wins and ties will all become losses. 4 wins and 2 ties came against rival UAA".

      UAF is 56-86-12 vs. UAA.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Suze View Post
        UAA hockey players have been doing this for years at the UAA volley ball season openers. Is this a new thing for the Nanook hockey players?
        First I've heard of it, but that doesn't mean it hasn't happened before.

        It should be particularly interesting to see 6'5 Colton Parayko bust out some cheer leading moves.
        “We offer no apology for our location at 64 51’21’’ north latitude. We are building for the future and we are confident that well directed effort and education are the forces which make progress possible”

        —UA President Charles E. Bunnell, 1925

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        • #5
          Re: Alaska Nanooks 2012-2013: Going Out With a Bang

          Originally posted by Suze View Post
          UAA hockey players have been doing this for years at the UAA volley ball season openers. Is this a new thing for the Nanook hockey players?
          They've been there before - chanting "What the hell's a Seawolf?"

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          • #6
            Re: Alaska Nanooks 2012-2013: Going Out With a Bang

            I'm not sure Air Force will be easy, new goalie and first game could be difficult. Hopefully we will have more than one line that can consistantly score.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by birdman View Post
              I'm not sure Air Force will be easy, new goalie and first game could be difficult. Hopefully we will have more than one line that can consistantly score.
              Well I suppose none of them are truly easy. But the Kendall games should both be winnable.
              “We offer no apology for our location at 64 51’21’’ north latitude. We are building for the future and we are confident that well directed effort and education are the forces which make progress possible”

              —UA President Charles E. Bunnell, 1925

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              • #8
                Re: Alaska Nanooks 2012-2013: Going Out With a Bang

                Originally posted by Suze View Post
                UAA hockey players have been doing this for years at the UAA volley ball season openers. Is this a new thing for the Nanook hockey players?
                No. They have been doing it for awhile.
                All that was left, then, was for the Nanooks to celebrate with their fans. And for the Seawolves to get one last earful of the rowdies from Fairbanks.

                "I've got a lot of expletives I'd like to use,'' Fournier said, slumped in his locker room stall. "It's very embarrassing when you're playing on your home ice and they have more fans and they're louder.

                "We might as well have played the games in Fairbanks.''

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                • #9
                  Re: Alaska Nanooks 2012-2013: Going Out With a Bang

                  Hockey is in the air…you can almost smell it.

                  *****http://mmf.smugmug.com/Landscapes-1/Mountains-Valleys/Mostly-Mountains/i-LFshrwS/1/L/20120902-1181920-L.jpg******

                  This should be an interesting season. It's everyone's last chance to etch their names somewhere in the annals of the final season of the CCHA, and for the "have-nots" to set expectations for success in the nWCHA. As far as I can tell, everybody thinks they’ll dominate the nWCHA.

                  But back to the season at hand. I really don’t know the finer points of the game, so I’ll just make observations.

                  1. The Nooks are fairly young, with 9 freshmen, 7 sophomores, 3 juniors, and 7 seniors.
                  2. The Nook’s roster lists 16 forwards, 7 d-men, and 3 goalies.
                  3. D-corp is young, including 2 freshmen, 3 sophomores, 1 junior, and 1 senior.
                  4. Forwards include 6 freshmen, 3 sophomores, 2 juniors, and 5 seniors.
                  5. We have 3 untested goalies. 1 senior, 1 sophomore, 1 freshman.
                  6. The roster includes players from the AJHL (10), USHL (6), BCHL (5), NAHL (3), SJHL (1), and CJHL (1).
                  7. 15 are listed as 6ft or over. Only 5 are 200lbs or heavier.
                  8. 5 are from Alaska, 16 from Canada, and 5 from the lower 48.
                  9. 16 are Business related majors, 5 Engineering majors, and then assorted Psychology, Geography, and Communication majors.
                  10. The Nooks are undefeated in 2012-13. That won’t last very long.

                  The boys better be on their game right out of the gate if they don't want to get embarrassed in the Kendall or Brice. We need the new AD to generate more support and excitement on campus and in the community. We really need production from the Taranto, Kunyk,& Beck line, or variations thereof.


                  - Sept 29 – Blue/Gold Scrimmage
                  - Oct 5 – Regina, Exhibition
                  - Oct 12 – vs AirForce @ Kendall in Anch
                  - Oct 13 – vs Canisius @ Kendall in Anch
                  - Oct 19 – vs Merrimack @ Brice
                  - Oct 20 – vs UND @ Brice

                  Go Nooks!
                  "Who got the Cup?"
                  UAF UAA UAA UAA UAF UAF UAA UAA UAF UAF UAF UAF UAF UAA UAA UAA UAF UAF UAF UAF UAF UAF UAF UAF UAF UAF UAF

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                  • #10
                    Re: Alaska Nanooks 2012-2013: Going Out With a Bang

                    No goalie experience, wow that is going to be entertaining. Let's hope some of our freshmen can score, and what's left of last years freshmen class has got to be better then they were last year. Worse freshman calss we have had in a long time, no production no impact on the ice.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by birdman View Post
                      No goalie experience, wow that is going to be entertaining. Let's hope some of our freshmen can score, and what's left of last years freshmen class has got to be better then they were last year. Worse freshman calss we have had in a long time, no production no impact on the ice.
                      Goalie spot has to be Thompson's to lose at this point. Time will tell how well he does, but the situation is eerily similar to Chad Johnson's senior season as The Man. I don't see us trotting out Keeney as a freshman.
                      “We offer no apology for our location at 64 51’21’’ north latitude. We are building for the future and we are confident that well directed effort and education are the forces which make progress possible”

                      —UA President Charles E. Bunnell, 1925

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                      • #12
                        Re: Alaska Nanooks 2012-2013: Going Out With a Bang

                        Obviously, I hope Thompson does well. He looked a little rattled whenever I saw him in net, but that was so sparingly that it may not be fair to judge him based on the little game action he has seen. The coaches see him daily. It will be telling if he doesn’t get the nod right out of the gate. But if our inexperience is going to cost us throughout the season no matter what, then we might as well give experience to the ones that will here for two or three more years.

                        I hope Thompson is given the chance, he steps up, the team has confidence in him, and we are pleasantly surprised by the quality and depth of our goal tending. It’s been a few years since goaltending has been our worry. Now it’s right in there with no offense and a young inexperienced defense. Other than that, we’re good to go.


                        Go Nooks!
                        "Who got the Cup?"
                        UAF UAA UAA UAA UAF UAF UAA UAA UAF UAF UAF UAF UAF UAA UAA UAA UAF UAF UAF UAF UAF UAF UAF UAF UAF UAF UAF

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                        • #13
                          Re: Alaska Nanooks 2012-2013: Going Out With a Bang

                          A couple of good youtube videos, one from the first day of practice on the 17th and one from this weekend (the 21st):



                          “We offer no apology for our location at 64 51’21’’ north latitude. We are building for the future and we are confident that well directed effort and education are the forces which make progress possible”

                          —UA President Charles E. Bunnell, 1925

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                          • #14
                            Re: Alaska Nanooks 2012-2013: Going Out With a Bang

                            Originally posted by Squarebanks View Post
                            A couple of good youtube videos, one from the first day of practice on the 17th and one from this weekend (the 21st):
                            How are they able to start official practices one week before everyone else?
                            Originally Posted by aparch
                            I love the "UA_" comment. When I see it, I think of re-runs of Match Game, and Gene Rayburn going "U, A, Blank... UA blank"

                            From ADN:

                            "According to NCAA, the (UAF) hockey team used ineligible players in every game played from the 2007-08 season to the 2010-11 season. Over that span, the wins and ties will all become losses. 4 wins and 2 ties came against rival UAA".

                            UAF is 56-86-12 vs. UAA.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Alaska Nanooks 2012-2013: Going Out With a Bang

                              Originally posted by Suze View Post
                              How are they able to start official practices one week before everyone else?
                              I believe the Nooks get to start early because they lose so many practice days to travel throughout the season. I‘ve heard that total practice days need to be scheduled out and approved. But I recall this from years ago and it could all be BS. If the Seawolves are having full practices now you probably have a similar deal. We probably lose more days than you guys do. I guess those five or six trips outside of Alaska each season gives our Alaska teams a big advantage (unless of course you count grades, fatigue, and financial considerations).

                              Go Nooks!
                              "Who got the Cup?"
                              UAF UAA UAA UAA UAF UAF UAA UAA UAF UAF UAF UAF UAF UAA UAA UAA UAF UAF UAF UAF UAF UAF UAF UAF UAF UAF UAF

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