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Not that I'm going at Scott Bowman here with some great insight, but UAA would do well to keep close tabs on UAF junior center Tyler Morley (No. 27) and Nanooks junior defenseman Colton Parayko (No. 4) in Games 3 and 4 of the Governor's Cup at Sullivan Arena on Friday and Saturday.

Morley merely leads the Nanooks in goals, assists and points with 15-22--37 totals in 30 games. He's tied for the team lead in power-play goals (5) and leads the club in short-handed goals (2) and shots on goal (110). He's been particularly deadly of late, going 5-3--8 during his current four-game point streak. Morley has furnished at least one point in 10 of the last 11 games, going 9-8--17 in that span, which has included six multiple-point games...

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UAA can extend its postseason possibilities, marginally salvage an otherwise bleak campaign, break its rival’s stranglehold on the Governor’s Cup, send its seniors off in style in their home-ice finale and savor the ecstasy of delivering its antagonist into the offseason on a bummer of a note.

UAF can feed its rival some misery, finish its season with a long unbeaten streak, show continued character in difficult circumstances, tighten its stranglehold on the Governor’s Cup with an epic series comeback and enjoy the absolute delight of parading around its rival’s ice with hardware held aloft.

“Everything’s on the line,’’ said UAA senior winger Brett Cameron. “It’s our season. It’s their season. It’s the Cup.’’

Gee, nothing else at stake this weekend?...

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UAF will definitely play its last games of the season Friday and Saturday when it hits town for the final two games of the annual Governor’s Cup – the Nanooks are prohibited from postseason play because of NCAA violations in previous seasons – and UAA could be playing its last games too – the Seawolves must sweep the Nanooks and get some help to make the WCHA playoffs.

Be interesting to see what kind of crowd UAA draws at Sullivan Arena – attendance has continued to plummet this season – and whether enough UAF fans show up to take over the arena, at least in terms of noise level.

There have been occasions in past seasons when a raucous group of full-throated Nanook supporters have overwhelmed the relatively sedate Seawolves supporters...

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Believe the hype -- that’s the message Troy Redmann delivered Tuesday.

After being named the ECHL’s Goaltender of the Week earlier in the day for his work last week in the Alaska Aces’ net, Redmann in the evening furnished 28 saves to backstop a 3-0 road trip-ending win over Ontario.

Redmann’s bagel was the first produced by an Aces masked man this hockey season, which leaves Stockton as the only club on the 28-team circuit that has not produced a clean sheet.

Not that there was any question, but Redmann is clearly The Man down the stretch for the Aces, who are making a run at a playoff spot in the Pacific Division...

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Though they've been sitting last in the 10-team WCHA for ample time now, the UAA Seawolves can still gain a playoff spot with a sweep of their final regular-season series when they entertain UAF in the final two games of the Governor's Cup at Sullivan Arena on Friday and Saturday.

The Seawolves must sweep the Nanooks, and have other results fall their way. Yeah, it's complicated. Thankfully -- because math is hard for this typist -- the WCHA on Tuesday sent out all the various playoff scenarios for teams. Gee, it's not convoluted at all. Just let me wipe the brain matter from my keyboard -- seems my head just exploded -- and we'll get right to it...

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Trying to secure a playoff position, the Alaska Aces down the line might profoundly regret the precious point they allowed to slip through their gloves Monday night in their come-from-ahead 5-4 shootout loss at Bakersfield.

The Aces squandered a two-goal lead more than halfway through the third period, regained the advantage with less than three minutes left in regulation and then surrendered the extra-attacker, power-play equalizer with just 37.4 seconds left.

The Condors won the shootout, 4-3, when Chase Schaber delivered in the bottom of the seventh round. Bakersfield never led in regulation, and never led in the shootout until Schaber’s clincher...

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Last Saturday's 6-2 loss at Colorado marked Game No. 54 for the Alaska Aces -- that's the three-quarter pole in the ECHL's 72-game season.

The setback put the Aces at 26-23-5, which ties for the worst mark at the three-quarter pole in the club's dozen seasons on the circuit.

You hard-core types in the Cowbell Crew can probably guess which season this matches -- yep, the 2009-10 season, the only one in 11 previous seasons in which the Aces failed to escape the first round of the playoffs. Not to put too fine a point on it, but the Aces are currently out of playoff position. They are on pace to become the first defending Kelly Cup champion to fail to make the playoffs the following season.

Anyhow, here's how the Aces have done historically at the 54-game mark:...

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The annual slew of trades in the days leading up to the NHL's trade deadline day -- deadline was 11 a.m. AST Monday -- touched a couple of former Alaska college standouts.

Former UAA winger Curtis Glencross got traded Sunday, moving to the Washington Capitals from the Calgary Flames. The Caps are Glencross' fifth team -- he's previously played for the Ducks, who signed him out of UAA, the Blue Jackets, the Oilers and the Flames. In 53 games this season, Glencross owns 9-19--28 and +3 totals. He's played 489 career games, going 130-138--268 and +5. He got moved for a second-round draft pick and a third-round draft pick.

One of Glencross' new teammates is former UAA center Jay Beagle. Glencross is 32. (Makes me feel 79)...

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UAA’s 6-1 romp over No. 11-ranked Bowling Green on Saturday night begged questions: Namely, who were those guys? And where have they been hiding most of this season?

After all, the Seawolves rolled into Sullivan Arena riding a nine-game losing streak that tied for the fourth-longest in the hockey program’s 36 seasons.

They had been shut out twice in that span – that included a 10-0 home-ice humiliation to Michigan Tech – and held to two goals or fewer in seven of those games...

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The Alaska Aces have a problem, and Saturday night’s 6-2 road loss to the Colorado Eagles shoved it into the glare of the spotlight.

The issue is goaltending. Troy Redmann, who has a very light pro hockey resume but has excelled in his short time with the club, is the Aces’ presumptive No. 1 masked man. He backstopped the Aces to a pair of victories against Colorado, 2-1 in a shootout Wednesday and 3-1 Friday, stopping 67 of 69 shots.

But the Aces this week also got back the services of St. Louis Blues draft pick Niklas Lundstrom, who was returned to them from Chicago of the American Hockey League. He has struggled all season and Saturday, when he surrendered five goals, marked the 12th time in his 28 starts he has given up four goals or more...

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