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UAA hockey team will wrap up season in Fairbanks

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: February 22
  • Published February 22

Alex Jackstadt of UAA goes one-on-one with UAF goalie Anton Martinsson in December at Sullivan Arena. (Bob Hallinen / ADN)

The UAA hockey team goes into its final series of the season with nothing to play for but pride.

The Seawolves will be in Fairbanks for a Friday-Saturday series against the Nanooks at the Carlson Center.

Dead-last in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association standings, UAA is well out of the playoff picture.

And although the games against UAF count in the six-game Governor's Cup series, the Nanooks clinched the Cup by beating the Seawolves in four previous meetings this season.

UAA (2-26-4 overall, 2-21-3 WCHA) has lost 10 straight games, including a pair of losses — 2-1 and 5-2 — last weekend to Bowling Green at Sullivan Arena. UAF (11-18-3, 9-15-2) is 0-3-1 in its last four games.

The Nanooks are fighting for a spot in the WCHA playoffs. The top eight teams in the 10-team conference will advance, and UAF is tied for sixth place with Alabama-Huntsville with 30 points.

Two other teams are right behind Fairbanks and Huntsville — Ferris State (28 points) and Lake Superior State (27 points). All four of the teams have two games left, and three of them will gain playoff spots.

This week's games will determine seedings for the playoffs. The top four teams will each host a lower seed in a best-of-3 series.

Going into the weekend, Minnesota State is in first place with 63 points, followed by Northern Michigan (58), Bowling Green (55), Bemidji State (47) and Michigan Tech (40).

UAA has 12 points.

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