Just for kicks, The Blog every now and then tracks a guy's ice time.
Tonight, we kept an eye on UAA senior center Matt Bailey because he usually plays heavy minutes, what with being a top-line guy, working on a power-play unit and killing penalties.
In a 3-1 win over Michigan Tech tonight, Bailey logged 20:55 of ice time by our count, which his coach, Matt Thomas, said seemed pretty modest by Bailey's standards -- the center has logged much more ice in other games, Thomas said.
But with UAA's other lines playing fairly well, and without an abundance of power plays in the game -- nine combined -- Thomas didn't lean too hard on Bailey. Not that he won't. Bailey's high level of fitness would allow him, most nights, to be effective even if he played 25 minutes, which is a lot of ice for a forward.
Anyhow, by our count, Bailey played 6:27 in the first period and 6:26 in the second period, then logged 8:02 in the final 20 minutes.
He also likely would have played more if UAA had been chasing the game. But the Seawolves (6-4-1, 3-3-1 WCHA) got up 2-0 in the first period and never trailed. Combined with Thomas' satisfaction with his other lines, that meant he didn't double-shift Bailey, as he is more likely to do when UAA playing catch-up.