Lot's of stuff going on this week in the world of Nanook hockey.
First off, the Nanooks are back in the top 20 in the USCHO/CBS College Sports poll, conveniently enough, in the number 20 spot. Inside College Hockey pegs the 'Nooks on the bubble, just outside of the top 20 spot, instead going with Northern Michigan in the 20th spot, who faced the Nanooks 4 times, going 1-0-3-1 against Alaska, winning a game, and winning one of the 3 shootouts (again, NCAA rankings don't count shootouts, so officially, Alaska is 0-1-3 against NMU this season). Alaska is tied with defending national champion Boston University in the Pairwise rankings, sitting just outside the tournament at #18. Don't count anybody out though. Lake Superior at the Carlson this week, at the culmination of hockey week in Fairbanks is set to be a big game for the Nanooks. It's their last of the regular season, and ultimately, this series could determine who gets the coveted fourth place spot in the CCHA, and could determine who gets home ice for the second round, and a first round bye.
Secondly, lets talk Governor's cup.
If you ARE going to Anchorage for the game down there, you can get a room at the Hampton or Hilton Garden Inns. The rates are $109 + tax on Thursday and $99 +tax on Friday night. The Hampton Inn direct number is (907) 550-7000 and The Hilton Garden Inn is (907) 729-7000, just mention that you are there for the UAF/UAA game when you get in-house reservations. Both of these hotels are located on the corner of Tudor and C Streets.
Nanook fans generally sit in the odd numbered sections at the Sullivan. i.e., sections 109, 111, 113, 115, etc if you can get tickets down low, or 209, 211, 213, 215, etc. if you can't get closer.
The Alumni Association is also hosting a pre-game social at the Lonestar Steak House (also near the corner of Tudor and C Streets.
KFXF FOX-7 is doing a promotion to send two fans to the Governor's Cup in Anchorage. It includes Airfare for two, Hotel and game tickets. To enter the contest go into Kendall (formerly Auto Service Co.) on Johansson and Danby and sign up, once a day, every day. The drawing will be held this Friday
If you can't make it down to the first Governor's Cup game Friday in Anchorage, you are invited to attend the 5-Course dinner and/or wine tasting at the Princess Riverside Lodge. The hockey game will be televised live during the dinner. The dinner is from 6-8 p.m. And includes - Chile & lemon shrimp with crispy beet slaw, hearts of romaine with goat cheese dressing & crispy prosciutto, Chorizo stuffed chicken breast with sherry vinaigrette served over sauteed asparagus spears, grilled pork medallions & braised red cabbage with apples & onions served over grilled mushroom polenta, and, Raspberry trifle with white chocolate ganache. Each course will include an accompaning Townshend wine. Cost of the Dinner is $100 per person.
Or if you want to come for the wine tasting from 7-9 p.m. You can enjoy the game and a variety of appetizers while sampling a fine wine selection provided by Specialty Imports. The cost of the Wine Tasting & Hors d'oeuvres is $35 per person.
Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Patty Center ticket office (8:30 - 4:30 daily) by calling 474-5977 or at Gavora's fine wines at 250 3rd St. (Wine Tasting only).