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The Alaska Aces this afternoon announced they are receiving third-year defenseman Corbin Baldwin from AHL Iowa.

That addition should help the Aces (0-3-0 for the first time in 12 ECHL seasons) stabilize their blue line. Baldwin, 23, is a 6-5, 205-pounder.

He must be the quintessential stay-at-home D-man. Last season in 64 games with Iowa, he had one assist, a -5 rating and 129 penalty minutes. He's played two games with Iowa this season.

The Aces hit the road Wednesday for three games in three nights in California -- Thursday at Bakersfield, and Friday and Saturday at Stockton.

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Every now and then a player pops into our head, or we see something online that reminds us of a certain player, and we decide to take a couple spins through the Internet to see what's what.

Had one of those moments today, so check out former Alaska Aces captain Nick Mazzolini, who is playing this season for Lowen Frankfurt in the DEL2, the second-level league in Germany. Turns out he had 3-2--5 totals in two games over the weekend and owns 8-6--14 totals in 12 games, which ties him for 14th on the circuit in points and ties him for third in goals. He's tied for first in power-play goals (4) and second in short-handed goals (1). Mazzolini has scored at least a point in 7 of 12 games, with five multiple-point games in that span...

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Unbeaten in the first four games of the hockey season, UAA moved into the national rankings Monday at No. 20 in the Division I poll .

The Seawolves (3-0-1) squeezed into the Top 20 after a victory and tie last weekend at UAF’s Brice Alaska Goal Rush tournament. UAA beat Air Force 4-1 on Saturday after twice responding from two-goal deficits to tie Penn State 3-3 on Friday.

The Seawolves were cool with being ranked, of course, but mindful it’s early in the season and they are headed to their first true road series, a weekend nonconference set at Maine (0-4-0)...

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The Alaska Aces’ early-season anguish endured Sunday, when the Ontario Reign dispatched the home team yet again to cap a rare feat against the franchise that owns the best home-ice winning percentage in ECHL history.

Ontario’s 4-1 victory earned it a sweep of the season-opening, three-game series.

That marked just the third time in 98 three-game home series spanning 12 seasons that the Aces have emerged without securing a single point.

“Wow,’’ said Reign veteran winger Derek Couture.

The Aces were last swept in a three-game home series in December 2009, when the Stockton Thunder packed six points in their collective bags at Sullivan Arena and headed happily to the airport...

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Safe to say UAF freshman winger Austin Vieth made a favorable first impression on Nanooks fans.

He scored his first college goal Friday in a 4-3 win over Air Force. He did way better tonight. He scored the game-tying goal late and the game-winning goal even later to spearhead a 4-3 comeback win over Air Force that earned the Nanooks the championship of their own tournament at the Carlson Center in Fairbanks. Vieth also had a helper tonight.

UAF, The Blagr thinks, is one of three 4-0-0 teams in men's Division I, joining defending national champion Union and Robert Morris. UAA, which tied Penn State 3-3 on Friday at the Brice and beat Air Force 4-1 at the Carlson tonight, is 3-0-1...

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Just a quick note tonight to recognized the Fairbanks Ice Dogs' three-game road sweep at Coulee Region.

The defending NAHL champs won 6-4 tonight after bagging a 5-1 win Friday and a 6-5 shootout victory Thursday.

Yannick Vedel had two goals tonight, two goals Friday and one goal Thursday, when the Ice Dogs won the shootout in eight rounds. The Dane has seven goals in 15 games this season after he scored six goals in 47 games for the Ice Dogs last season.

Fairbanks improved to 8-6-1.

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The Alaska Aces in 11 previous ECHL campaigns had never lost their first two home games at Sullivan Arena, never scored fewer than three goals combined in the first two home games and never been shut out in one of the first two home games.

They have now endured all three of those indignities.

Ontario’s 4-0 conquest of the Aces on Saturday night followed the Reign’s 3-1 victory in Friday’s season opener...

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In getting off to their best four-game start since 2011, when they also went 3-0-1 out of the gate, the Seawolves have savored some tasty performances.

Saturday’s 4-1 victory over Air Force at the Brice Alaska Goal Rush hockey tournament in Fairbanks, for instance, featured 23 saves from UAA freshman goaltender Olivier Mantha. All Mantha has done in his two starts is deliver two victories and stop 50 of 53 shots for a .943 save percentage.

“Mantha was the difference tonight,’’ UAA coach Matt Thomas said by text. “Played solid and bailed us out during some sloppy periods of play.’’...

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In hitting several fronts tonight, we note that UAF showed some nice bounce-back in beating Air Force, 4-3, with a pair of third-period goals in UAF's Brice Alaska Goal Rush tournament -- the Nanooks trailed 2-0 inside the first three minutes and trailed 3-1 deep into the second period before racking three straight goals.

Colton Parayko, the towering defenseman who is the reigning WCHA Defensive Player of the Year, forged a 3-3 tie with a laser in the third period and rookie Peter Krieger, who looked pretty good in UAA's season-opening Kendall Hockey Classic, bagged the winner inside the last three minutes. Helped that the Nanooks limited the Falcons to just 16 shots...

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Hey, Cowbell Crew, always remember: It's never too early to start over-reacting.

The Alaska Aces' season-opening 3-1 loss to the Ontario Reign ought to suffice as reason to panic. (Hey, we kid; it's one game and, frankly, Reign coach Jason Christie doesn't exactly roll with a crew of stiffs -- he's won three straight Pacific Division crowns).

Yes, the Aces went scoreless on four power plays, but they generated chances. Ontario goaltender Joe Cannata (30 saves) was very good. Tidy about rebounds, he was...

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