The season will be here soon enough locally -- the Alaska Aces and UAA Seawolves drop the puck next month -- but in the interim, note that a couple of UAA recruits proved productive in their BCHL openers over the weekend.
Goalie recruit Olivier Mantha debuted for the Penticton Vees with 25 saves Friday in a 2-1 win over the Victoria Grizzlies in the BCHL Showcase in Chilliwack. Forward recruit Anthony Conti made his Penticton season debut on Saturday, furnishing an assist on the eventual game-winning strike in a 3-2 win over Alberni Valley.
Pucks got underway across the pond, which put some former Aces in play.
Former Aces enforcer Tim Spencer generated two assists for Sheffield and former Aces goalie Frank Doyle furnished 29 saves for Sheffield in a 4-2 win over Coventry in the Great Britain-based EIHL. Former Aces defenseman Benn Olson, the defending penalty minutes champ on that circuit (327 PIMs in 46 games for Coventry last season), had 14 penalty minutes for Coventry.
Former Aces defenseman Tyson Marsh had an assist for Cardiff in a 5-2 win over Fife, which got 48 saves from Kevin Regan. Regan turned around in the next game and delivered 23 saves in a 2-1 win over Edinburgh, which got its lone goal from former Seawolf Curtis Leinweber.