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UAF sought a WCHA road sweep -- that would have been quite the haul -- but suffered the pain Saturday night with a 3-2 overtime loss at Lake Superior State.

Coming off a 7-5 win Friday, which snapped a five-game losing streak, the Nanooks got goals from Josh Atkinson and Shawn Hochhausen, but the Lakers' Stephen Perfetto scored at 1:44 of extra time. In the WCHA, there is no pity point for losing in OT. You just eat the loss.

On the NAHL front, the Fairbanks Ice Dogs are rocking a 17-7-2 record and lead the Midwest Division by tons after a 4-2 win over the Minnesota Magicians in Fairbanks. Jacob Hetz bagged two goals and a helper, Chandler Madry had one goal and one assist, Lonnie Clary scored a goal and Patrick Munson made 25 saves...

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The genesis of UAA’s slump-busting 4-0 victory Saturday night over No. 17-ranked Northern Michigan came that morning in a team meeting, where the Seawolves agreed to repair what coach Matt Thomas called a divided dressing room.

A six-game, Western Collegiate Hockey Association losing streak, like the one burdening the Seawolves, will generate frustration and rifts, bad vibes and bad body language. That they had scored just three goals in the span of their five most recent losses, and been shut out three times, simply multiplied their misery.

“There was a lot of finger-pointing instead of thumb-pointing,’’ Thomas said. “We were letting a lot of negatives consume our brains when we didn’t need to.’’...

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Call it a contrasting Friday night for Alaska's two NAHL entries.

The defending league champion Fairbanks Ice Dogs used one goal and two assists from Chandler Madry, Jacob Hetz and Todd Burgess to thump the visiting Minnesota Magicians, 7-2.

Meanwhile, in a game that was tied at one goal apiece about halfway through, the Wenatchee Wild lorded over the homestanding Kenai River Brown Bears from that point on for a 6-1 win.

Note that Madry leads the NAHL in scoring with 11-26--37 totals in just 25 games. Also note that those point totals almost exactly match his totals from his first two seasons with the Ice Dogs, when he compiled 11-27--38 totals in 86 games.

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Quick tour of some college pucks tonight, where we find No. 1-ranked Michigan Tech (10-1-0) absorbing its first loss this season, courtesy in part to a goaltender from Fairbanks.

Minnesota State-Mankato junior Stephon Williams of the Golden Heart City stopped 30 shots in the Mavericks' 2-1 win at Michigan State.

So far, strong junior year from Williams, who struggled mightily last season and lost his starting job after having a fantastic freshman season. He's 8-1-0 with a 1.83 goals-against average and .913 save percentage. That's much more like his freshman year (21-12-2, 2.00, .924) than his sophomore (5-6-0, 3.23, .862)...

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The punchless Seawolves dropped their sixth straight Western Collegiate Hockey Association game with Friday’s night’s 1-0 loss to Northern Michigan at Sullivan Arena.

The Seawolves have been shut out in their last two games and have gone 126 minutes, 53 seconds without a goal...

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The details were disturbing, the result wretched and the big picture painful, and all of it rendered the Seawolves solemn.

No telling if this is rock bottom -- too many games remain. But it’s certainly a slice of hockey hell for the Seawolves after they choked down their sixth consecutive loss, all in Western Collegiate Hockey Association play, on a Friday night when the score did not fully showcase their shortcomings.

Northern Michigan 1, UAA 0.

It wasn’t remotely that close.

Not when the Seawolves (4-7-2, 1-6-0 WCHA) were afforded six full power plays, and in those 12 minutes with the man advantage at Sullivan Arena mustered just two shots on goal, neither threatening...

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The UAF Nanooks unburdened themselves of their five-game losing streak Friday night, coming off a idle weekend with their most explosive game of the season and bagging a 7-5 WCHA win at Lake Superior State.

Marcus Basara furnished two goals and one assist, defenseman Colton Parayko delivered one goal and two helpers, and Nolan Huysmans came through with one goal and one assist.

The Nanooks, who won their first five games and then lost five straight, outshot the Lakers, 36-23.

Junior John Keeney made his first start of the season for UAF, and fortunately for he and his boys received ample goal support.

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Having careened off the path with five straight losses and now scrambling to climb out of the ditch, the Seawolves find looming before them a guy wearing a mask and holding a big stick, and who does not really meet their current needs in an opponent.

When you are mired in the collective goal-scoring funk the Seawolves are enduring -- three goals in the last four games, for instance -- Mathias Dahlstrom is not a particularly encouraging sight.

Dahlstrom is the Northern Michigan goaltender UAA is likely to face in a two-game Western Collegiate Hockey Association series that opens Friday night at Sullivan Arena...

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The idle Alaska Aces -- they're on a 12-day hiatus from games after playing nine games in 12 days -- today received a reinforcement from Iowa of the AHL.

The Minnesota Wild affiliate sent the Aces rookie forward Ryan Walters, who two seasons ago while playing for Nebraska-Omaha was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award as college hockey's best player. Walter this season put up 1-5--6 and +2 totals in 10 games for Iowa. The 23-year-old in four seasons at UNO posted 50-84--134 totals in 152 games. As a junior, he went 22-30--52 and +26 in 39 games.

His production declined some as a senior last season; still, 7-27--34 totals in 37 games...

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Goaltender Andrew Shortridge of Eagle River, who is killing it for the Aberdeen Wings of the NAHL, has his college picked -- he has committed to Quinnipiac of the ECAC, according to the Wings.

Shortridge, 19, is a 6-3, 175-pounder who has racked an 8-4-0 record with a 1.89 goals-against average, .929 save percentage and two shutouts. Yeah, he's kinda getting it done.

Meanwhile, the NHL's Central Scouting has put out its November Players to Watch list, which includes four Alaskans as C-rated players -- that means they are projected as possible picks from the fourth round on in next summer's draft...

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