Holiday break a much-needed respite for struggling UAA

Posted on December 18, 2012 

The disappointing first half UAA endured makes the holiday break that has arrived as beneficial for the Seawolves from an emotional standpoint as much as a physical one.

Namely, these guys could use some time away from the game after starting the WCHA season at 1-8-3. That record, worth five points and scuttling UAA to the basement of the 12-team league, marks the worst 12-game league start in coach Dave Shyiak's eight seasons and the second-worst, 12-game league start in the program's 20 seasons in the WCHA.

Not to put too fine a point on it, but that five points in the first 12 league games is just one point more than the infamous 2002-03 team, which went 0-22-6 in league. That club was 0-8-4, worth four points, through 12 games.

Here's how Shyiak's teams have done through their first 12 league games:

2012-13 -- 1-8-3, 5 points

2011-12 -- 2-8-2, 6 points

2010-11 -- 4-6-2, 10 points

2009-10 -- 4-8-0, 8 points

2008-09 -- 4-6-2, 10 points

2007-08 -- 2-7-3, 7 points

2006-07 -- 6-6-0, 12 points

2005-06 -- 3-8-1, 7 points

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