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The only mercy South’s football team showed West on Saturday night was the mercy rule.

Buoyed by a relentless, remorseless defense and a combined seven touchdowns from speedsters Justice Augafa and Nicholas Settle, the Wolverines dropped a 55-9 anvil on the Eagles at Anchorage Football Stadium.

Seldom has the distance between the No. 2-ranked team among large schools (South) and the No. 4-ranked team (West) looked like the light years that separated these Cook Inlet Conference clubs...

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When the state’s top-ranked and unbeaten large-school football team met the only winless large-school squad, things went how you would imagine.

Bartlett 62, Eagle River 0.

Jordan Pace rushed for three touchdowns and caught a touchdown pass, and Vincent Lobendahn and Ethan Falaniko each rushed for more than 100 yards Saturday to spark the Golden Bears to a gentlemanly Cook Inlet Conference victory.

On an afternoon when Eagle River used homecoming to dedicate its field called the Wolves’ Den, which is now complete with stands, a concession building, a crisp public address system and a press box, Bartlett raced to a 55-0 halftime lead...

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The Service football team possessed the football and fabulous field position, owned an eight-point lead and had the clock in its favor Friday night when a curious coaching decision put victory in jeopardy.

An ill-advised, fourth-down pass to the Dimond end zone -- by a third-string quarterback throwing in a driving rain storm, no less -- led to a length-of-the-field interception return by the Lynx, who then tried a two-point conversion that would have tied the game.

Fortunately for the Cougars, linebacker Gil Williams rescued them.

Williams forced a fumble by Dimond quarterback Jeremiah Macalino-Maga on the conversion play to preserve Service’s 14-12 Cook Inlet Conference victory at Dimond’s Alumni Field...

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Service used two clutch plays from Gil Williams, who denied Dimond twice on point-after conversion attempts, to beat the Lynx 14-12 in a Cook Inlet Conference game at Dimond Alumni Field...

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The Western Hockey League opens play tonight, so we checked out the rosters on the league website and found four Alaskans who will play on that major-junior circuit this season.

Center Lane Bauer, 18, of Anchorage, returns for a second season with the reigning champion Edmonton Oil Kings, who also won the Memorial Cup as champs of all major-junior pucks. In 47 regular-season games as a rookie last season, Bauer earned 7-9--16 and +5 totals. He didn't have a point in six playoff games and was -2...

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What Shane Heffernan might offer the Alaska Aces on the ice is anyone’s guess -- he has never played hockey at a level as high as the ECHL -- but he is almost certain to lead the club’s training-camp crew in one category: Passport stamps.

Heffernan, a Canadian, in the last four seasons has played in the U.S., Norway, Germany, Latvia, Slovakia, Belarus and Sweden.

He was one of two forwards the Alaska Aces on Thursday announced they have signed for the upcoming season. The reigning ECHL champs also said they have signed rookie forward Justin Breton, who last spring closed a four-year career at Division I Bentley University, which plays in the Atlantic Hockey conference...

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Look, we have no idea if Shane Heffernan, a forward the Alaska Aces today announced they have signed, can cut it in the ECHL. But you gotta like his chances at having the most interesting passport in training camp.

Heffernan, a Canadian who turns 27 later this month, in the last four seasons has played in Norway, the U.S., Germany, Latvia, Slovakia, Belarus and Sweden. Man, play hockey, see the world. Heffernan once played for the Tonsberg Vikings in Norway -- that's the same club that once employed Aces winger Ross Ring-Jarvi.

Of course, according to, he has only played 51 games in the last three seasons...

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After perusing team websites and some other sources, looks like there are more than two dozen Alaska-connected players on NHL training-camp rosters.

Most NHL teams will be in full swing at training camps by the weekend, with many of them opening camp today.

In any event, here's the list we came up with (apologies in advance if we missed anyone):

Anaheim Ducks -- Center Nate Thompson of Anchorage and former UAA center Matt Bailey.

Calgary Flames -- Former UAA winger Curtis Glencross, and former Alaska Aces goaltender Joni Ortio, former Aces defenseman John Ramage and former Aces winger Turner Elson.

Columbus Blue Jackets -- Center Brandon Dubinsky of Anchorage and former Aces defenseman Brett Ponich...

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Despite another two goals from Swedish forward Jesper Ohrvall, who also delivered a helper, the Fairbanks Ice Dogs, reigning top dogs in the NAHL, fell 6-5 in OT Wednesday to Wichita Falls at the annual NAHL Showcase in Blaine, Minn.

Ohrvall has scored two goals in each of the Ice Dogs' three games this season, and his 6-1--7 totals leads the circuit's scorers. Fairbanks also got goals from Cayden Cahill of Anchorage, Jacob Hetz and John Teets.

Meanwhile, the Kenai River Brown Bears fell 5-2 to Corpus Christi. Gustav Berglund and Nate Colwell bagged goals for the Brown Bears.

Also worth noting, Odessa Jackalopes forward Kenny Hausinger of Anchorage, who is ticketed for Sacred Heart, owns 3-2--5 totals in two games this season.

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In 35 previous seasons of UAA hockey, the Seawolves practiced almost exclusively in the afternoon because that timing worked best with players’ academic schedules, which were heavy on morning classes.

Times are changing, though.

When coach Matt Thomas and his staff last spring began putting together a spread sheet that tracked classes players intended to take this semester, they found many needed classes offered in the afternoon. The staff settled on morning practices this semester because those sessions created fewer academic conflicts.

And that’s how the Seawolves ended up hitting the ice at their Wells Fargo Sports Complex rink Tuesday at 10:45 a.m...

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