Due to the epic snow storm raging down in the states, Ferris State has had to reorganize their travel plans, and as a result, Friday's game is now being moved to Sunday, so the series will be Saturday & Sunday, both at 7:05PM AKST. I recall another sporting event going on Sunday, but can't seem to put my finger on it... Oh well, hopefully its not that important, and shouldn't conflict. The normal coach's Face-Off luncheon normally scheduled for Friday has been cancelled this week.
Secondly, it was announced yesterday that one of our senior alternate captains Bryant Molle has been named a finalist for the Lowe's Senior CLASS award. This award prides itself on the four C's: community, character, classroom, and competition.
Taken from their website:
The acronym “CLASS” stands for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®.
The Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award celebrates the loyalty of seniors that honor a four-year commitment to their university. The Senior CLASS Award® recognizes these student-athletes for great achievement during competition and in their community while staying in school.
Fans can vote for this year's winner online.
A lot of things to go over....
Scott Greenham has been selected as the goaltender of the week for the first time this season by the CCHA after the sweep of Ohio State. The junior from Addison, Ontario had an amazing series this past weekend and its nice to see him honored for it. Scott has a 1.98 goals against average with a .927 save percentage to boot, and he'll be going against Pat Nagle from Ferris State, who is the only other netminder in the CCHA with a sub-2.0 GAA at 1.96. I wouldn't expect this next series to be a high scoring affair...
I'm a bit late to the party on this, but Ronnie Meyers has earned a select spot in Nanook skaters' history, nabbing a finalist nomination for the 2011 BNY Mellon Hockey Humanitarian Award. The award is given away each year at the NCAA Frozen Four right along with the Hobey Baker. Some call the Hobey Baker the Heisman of college hockey, the epitome of college hockey awards. While the Hobey certainly rewards the accomplishments of players on the ice, the Hockey Humanitarian rewards those for what they do off of the ice. Meyers is part of a contingent of Nanooks who volunteer at the Denali Center every Monday, playing games and various activities with senior citizens. During November, he donned a mean mustache, and lead the team in a worldwide fundraising effort known only as Movember. Ronnie and the team raised well over $1,000 dollars to fund the fight against prostate cancer. The Hockey Humanitarian award is not an award for the best hockey player. It's "The annual award to college hockey's finest citizen."
Cody Kunyk has won the race to 20, nabbing his 20th point in a 3 point game against Ohio State on Saturday. Cody is the new leading scorer for the Blue and Gold, now heading into the second weekend of this home stand against Ferris State.
While the series in Michigan against Ferris earlier this season was a pretty close battle. Last years match in the Carlson Center was the first home sweep of the season for the Nanooks. The Nanooks have not lost a game against Ferris in Fairbanks since 2002. History is on our side, here...
Moving farther down the calendar, the University is hosting a Seawolf Taco Feed in what can only be described as one of the funniest slogans ever. "What's a Seawolf? It's what's for Dinner!". The fish itself is an Atlantic Wolf fish, flown in from overseas. It's the closest thing anyone can find to the mythical creature, and I hear its pretty tasty. The meal itself coincides with game 2 of the Governor's Cup series played down in Anchorage. During the food fest, the game will be shown on a big screen in the Patty gym. A partitioned "wet" section will also be accomodated, with a cash-only bar. Tickets are $20 for the whole package, you can pick one up at any remaining home game.
For those who actually wish to go to Anchorage, the title sponsor of the cup Alaska Airlines is offering a discount between Fairbanks and Anchorage for travel dates between 27th and 29th. Just enter the discount code EC7406 at AlaskaAir.com when making your reservation. UAF Student Activities is also chartering buses down to Anchorage. You can sign up at the UAF Student Activies Office in the Wood Center. The cost is $30, which nets you a ride down to Anchorage, a ticket to the game, a t-shirt, some noisemakers, and a pretty hefty discount at one of Anchorage's hotels. The bus leaves early Saturday morning from the Patty Center, which will get you into Anchorage in time for the game, and take you back to Fairbanks on Sunday. I've heard that a ton of students have signed up, and are drafting a waiting list to try to get yet another bus involved. About 85 students made the trip last year, and I know that they are well over that now. The Sullivan is going to get themselves a real student section. They just won't be rooting for the home team...