Alaska Nanooks vs Bowling Green Falcons
7:05PM AKST - Carlson Center, Fairbanks, Alaska
Live Video ($7): AmericaOneSports.com | Radio: 820 AM Fairbanks
Bowling Green enters this series in last place in the CCHA, 8 points behind Alaska. But, that doesn't mean they aren't a good team. Last season, the Nanooks went 3-1 against the Falcons, but that lone loss came at the Carlson Center.
The Nanooks at 6-7-3 have struggled to find their stride as of late. A 6-1 win against Western Michigan 3 weeks ago has seemed to sink the 'Nooks a bit as they have not put a W up since that triumphant Friday night. I was hopeful that Taranto's 100-point campaign would ignite the team a bit to rally around him and get the win against Miami. While the comeback started as they cut the 4 goal lead to 2, they failed to score again for the rest of the weekend.
After starting out strong, it's hard to say from my perspective how confident the coaching staff is with John Keeney. After allowing 9 goals in 2 games lost, I can't put all of that on him. Sean Cahill hasn't gotten a look in quite a while, but I think if I were in the coach's shoes, I would keep confidence in Keeney as I think he's capable of Chad Johnson-esque skill, he just needs some time to settle in. But that's not to say that Cahill/Thompson haven't put in the work to get rolling either. And this carousel will continue to spin until one of them starts putting a streak of games together.
This marks the last series of 2012, as the 'Nooks crest the mountain of the CCHA's last season. As the saying goes, its all downhill from here. Going into the break, 6 points here would put the Nanooks at 20 points, or a bit better off even with 2 more games played than the rest of the field. Points in December count just as much as points in February.
Anyway, the Teddy Bear toss is also slated for tomorrow. It's for a great cause, so bring your stuffed animals (new/clean) to the rink on Saturday and you can throw them on to the ice. You can really make a difference in a kids life... It sure did for me when I was younger.