Just for kicks this afternoon, The Blog tracked the ice time of Alaska Aces captain Nick Mazzolini -- picked him because he centers the first line, plays on a power-play unit and kills penalties, and thus logs as much or more ice than any Aces forward.
In any event, Mazzolini played 20 minutes, 31 seconds, in the Aces' 2-1 win over the Las Vegas Wranglers.
Seemed to The Blog, using eyeballs rather than the clock, like fairly mellow ice time for Mazzolini.
"Light to normal,'' said the Aces captain. "We (meaning his line) weren't leaned on, by any means. We've got lots of guys who can play a lot of roles.''
Mazzolini would have had a little more ice time, of course, but he spent four minutes in the penalty box for a pair of minor infractions. Also, the Aces never trailed, so they weren't chasing the game. Had they been, we likely would have seen Mazzolini's line occasionally double-shifted.
The guess here is that there are nights when Mazzolini logs 23 or 24 minutes. (The ECHL doesn't track ice time, so we'll won't know unless we track his ice time a few more times).
Anyhow, Mazzolini and company have plenty of time to rest after three games in three nights. The Aces don't play again until Nov. 27, at Colorado, so they are taking the next three days off of practice.
By DOYLE WOODY, adn.com