Check out the tiny world of hockey

Because The Blog notices these these things -- and that's because he is exceedingly old, so old he remembers when hockey sticks were made out of wood -- tonight furnished the four billionth example of the tiny hockey world.

In ECHL Las Vegas' 5-2 victory in Utah tonight, there were myriad connections to Alaska hockey.

Las Vegas received two goals and a helper from Judd Blackwater -- he's a former Alaska Ace.

Las Vegas received one goal from Sean Wiles -- he's a former UAA Seawolf.

Las Vegas received one assist from Carlo Finucci -- he's a former UAF Nanook.

Utah received one goal from Nick Tuzzolino -- he's a former Ace.

Utah received one goal from Kory Falite -- he's a former Ace.

Utah received its goaltending from Shane Owen -- he's a former Ace.

Las Vegas' Adam Huxley and Utah's T.J. Battani fought not once, but twice -- naturally, they are both former Aces, although, granted they weren't with the Aces at the same time.

And the game no doubt was broadcast by Utah's Adrian Denny, a friend of The Blog who loves to run on the Coastal Trail when the Grizzlies visit Anchorage.

In other ECHL events, South Carolina used two goals from Hunter Bishop of Fairbanks to beat visiting Florida 3-2. Bishop leads the Stingrays in goals and points with 23-22--45 totals in 45 games. Oh, and former UAA defenseman Luka Vidmar racked the primary assist on Bishop's game-winning goal in the third period.