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UAA hockey: Hubbs is back in lineup, Cameron out for the weekend

After missing three games with mononucleosis, UAA freshman winger Dylan Hubbs will return to the lineup Friday night, when the Seawolves entertain Michigan Tech in the opener of a Western Collegiate Hockey Association series at Sullivan Arena.

Hubbs, who has furnished three assists in seven games, was basically bouncing off walls in his frustration about being out of the lineup.

Junior winger Brett Cameron will miss his second straight series with an upper-body injury, but may be good to go for next week's WCHA series at Minnesota State-Mankato.

Expect UAA senior Rob Gunderson to get the start in goal Friday night.

Scouting Michigan Tech

Huskies sophomore goaltender Pheonix Copley of North Pole is off to a terrific start this season.

He's just 3-6-0, but his goals-against average (2.10) and save percentage (.929) are stingy, and he's racked a shutout.

Michigan Tech's top line of Tanner Kero centering left wing Blake Pietila and right wing Alex Petan has been particularly productive in the last four games, combining for 16 points (6-10--16).

Kero owns 2-4--6 totals in that span, Petan has gone 4-1--5 with a goal in each game and Pietila has added five helpers.

Nearly all of the Huskies' games have been tight. Of their seven losses, four have been one-goal setbacks, including one in overtime, and two have been two-goal losses. Of their four wins, two have been one-goal victories.

Ten of Michigan Tech's 12 games have featured a combined five or fewer goals between the teams.

The Huskies are in the state for the long haul. After playing UAA, they have a series the following weekend against UAF in Fairbanks, so they're staying here. With the Thanksgiving break from classes, the Huskies won't miss much school and they'll certainly save some wear and tear on their bodies by not traveling all the way back to the Upper Peninsula only to turn around and fly across four time zones again.

Early next week, Michigan Tech is scheduled to practice Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at the McDonald Center in Eagle River.

There's an alumni connection -- Eagle River's Reid McDonald, the general manager of the facility named after his late father, played four seasons for Michigan Tech from 1988-92.

--By DOYLE WOODY