The Alaska Aces own boatloads of victories this season and the UAA Seawolves desperately need a win, and that's pretty much the tale of Anchorage's two most high-profile hockey teams entering the weekend.
While the Aces (31-10-2) sit atop the 23-team ECHL heading into a weekend series against the San Francisco Bulls beginning Friday night at Sullivan Arena, the Seawolves are winless in their last 10 games (0-9-1) and sit last in the 12-team Western Collegiate Hockey Association entering a weekend series at No. 20-ranked Wisconsin.
That winless streak is the sixth-longest in the UAA's 34-season history and the third-longest in coach Dave Shyiak's eight seasons behind the bench.
Conversely, the Aces in these last two seasons under coach Rob Murray have reeled off a number of streaks that sit among the top runs of success in the franchise's 10 seasons on the ECHL circuit. That includes a trio of 13-game unbeaten streaks, including this season's 12-0-1 stretch, and a pair of nine-game winning streaks, including one this season.
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Streaking the right way
In two seasons under coach Rob Murray, here are six winning or unbeaten streaks the Alaska Aces have enjoyed, and that rank among the franchise's top marks in 10 ECHL seasons:
STREAK LENGTH SEASON RANK IN CLUB HISTORY
Winning 9 games Current Tied 2nd
Winning 9 games 2011-12 Tied 2nd
Unbeaten 13 games (12-0-1) Current Tied 2nd
Unbeaten 13 games (11-0-2) 2011-12 Tied 2nd
Unbeaten 13 games (10-0-3) 2011-12 Tied 2nd
Unbeaten road 12 games (7-0-5) 2011-12 1st
Streaking in reverse
Here are the six times in UAA's 34-season hockey history it has endured winless streaks that reached double figures, three of which have come under eighth-season head coach Dave Shyiak:
NUMBER OF GAMES (RECORD) SEASON COACH
35 (0-28-7) 2002-03 John Hill
20 (0-17-3) 2000-01 Dean Talafous
15 (0-13-2) 2005-06 Dave Shyiak
12 (0-10-2) 1997-98 Dean Talafous
11 (0-9-2) 2007-08 Dave Shyiak
10 (0-9-1) Current Dave Shyiak