That scoreless streak UAA snapped Friday night wasn't close to a team record

Posted on December 15, 2012 

Tyler Currier's third-period goal for UAA in Friday night's 5-1 loss to visiting Minnesota-Duluth snapped the Seawolves' scoreless streak at 172 minutes, 17 seconds.

That's the equivalent of nearly three full games -- and it didn't even come close to sniffing what is believed to be the longest scoreless streak in UAA history (no official record is kept, but The Blog, based on 9,000 years of covering/paying attention to UAA hockey, is certain the following is the record).

In the 1996-97 season, Dean Talafous' first as bench boss, the Seawolves went 263:40 between goals. That is the equivalent of four full games and one-period-plus of pucks.

The streak started on Feb. 15, 1997, in a 5-3 loss at Michigan Tech. Jeff Edwards bagged UAA's third goal that night, at 7:36 of the second period.

The Seawolves then lost 2-0 and 4-0 at North Dakota, and 2-0 at home to Colorado College.

Finally, on March 1, 1997, in a 1-1 tie with CC, defenseman Marc Charbonneau scored short-handed off a helper from captain Stacy Prevost. (Bonus Alaska connection: CC's goal was scored by center Brian Swanson of Eagle River, who went on to play in the NHL and also with the Alaska Aces, who he helped to the 2011 ECHL Kelly Cup).

Also, that night Edwards scored at Michigan Tech was a weird one. Instead of taking the usual spot behind the bench to run the team, Talafous turned the reins over to John Hamre and watched the game from the press box. He did go down to the dressing room between periods to bench four players for most of the rest of the game. Dude was different, but he wasn't boring -- also that season, he used a coin flip to determine his starting goaltender, and for a stretch alternated his goalies after every goal against.

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