Sunday, October 4, 2015

GAME DAY - Exhibition vs. Mount Royal

Game Day

Alaska Nanooks (0-0-0) vs Mt. Royal University (CIS Canada West, 0-0-0)
3:07PM AKST - Carlson Center, Fairbanks, AK

Live | Live Audio: NONE

Live Internet VideoWCHA TV

Twitter: @NanookHockey

After holding UAA to 13 shots on goal, and 0 goals the Mt. Royal Cougars look to extend their Alaskan domination north to Fairbanks. We'll see about that. Some of the Anchorage fan base is already imploding on themselves. It's pretty humorous considering that this was just an exhibition game against a decent team with a good mix of Canadian Junior A and Major Junior players. Not too dissimilar to an NCAA squad in terms of size and skill. 

For the 'Nooks, the line combinations are going to be the story of the day as the new freshman get their first action in a real game situation as they look to develop chemistry with the upper-classmen. Here's my first stab at what I think we'll see in that department:

Peter Krieger-Tyler Morley-Marcus Basara
Brandon Morley-Austin Vieth-Nolan Huysmans
John Mullally-Tayler Munson-Alec Hajdukovich
Ryker Leer-Colton Sparrow-Josh Erickson
Jasen Fernsler  --  Chad Staley

Josh Atkinson - J.D. Peterson
Zach Frye - Nikolas Koberstein
Justin Woods - Nick Hinz
Jordan Burns - Jack Weiss

Kyle Froese (injured)

Davis Jones
John Keeney
Jesse Jenks

If these were the lineups to begin tonight (and they're not, this is just my stab), we would see this change multiple times throughout the night. Just based on my looks at the Blue/Gold game, John Mullally could be a great forward dynamic and will probably float between the top 3 lines as a fresh face in the mix. Ryker Leer could have a similar impact. With Jared Linnell's departure, that leaves just two extra forwards. But everyone has a shot at playing time. Today will be their first shot to prove that they belong in the lineup.

Of note, there will not be any live audio from today's exhibition. Bruce Cech will not be in the arena. No radio coverage, and no play by play on the feed. You'll just have to be entertained by V-MAX and myself over the arena PA.

Hope to see the fans fill the rink this afternoon. Sunday game is a bit different, but mid-afternoon should everyone home before dinnertime. Go 'Nooks!

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