If you didn't know any better late this morning at Ben Boeke Arena, you'd have thought a men's Z League game broke out.
Actually, it was just the Alaska Aces going through the lightest of practices, and in part of it they did the old game where right-handed shooters used left-handed sticks, and vice-versa.
This is always amusing because it throws guys' balance all out of whack and most everybody looks like a complete stiff. Most everyone's balance and stride was so stiff and wobbly in looked like a scene from "The Walking Dead.''
In any event, the Aces don't play again until Saturday night's game at Stockton opens a five-game roadie -- two matches in Stockton and three in Las Vegas. The Aces travel on Friday.
In actual news, defenseman Dustin Molle is probably out for a stretch with a lower-body injury, but the Aces on the road will likely get defenseman Corey Syvret (broken finger) back and could get a season debut from veteran defenseman Sean Curry, who has been sidelined since training camp with a groin injury. Also, blueliner Kane Lafranchise is back skating after missing last weekend's sweep of San Francisco after taking a hit to the head in the previous series against Utah.
If Syvret, Curry and Lafranchise make the trip, the Aces would travel with seven defensemen, which would be the most they've had in a couple of weeks. Remember, captain/defenseman Steve Ward (broken leg) remains out and Todd Orlando (lower body) has yet to play this season, and former UAA defenseman Brad Gorham was only a temporary fill-in last weekend against the Bulls.