FAIRBANKS-This weekend the one and only Governor's Cup series rivalry which pits UAF against UAA could be one where the records do matter. So much on the line for both teams and this could make for some high octane hockey.
UAF (16-12-4, 13-11-2 WCHA) comes in tied for 3rd in the WCHA while UAA (15-13-4, 11-11-4 WCHA) is tied for 5th.
Alaska has already clinched a playoff spot thanks to their sweep of no.4 Ferris State. Now they're playing for home ice in the first round of the playoffs. A split in this series would give UAF home ice but UAA would also make the playoffs with a win in the the series. The Seawolves could finish as high as 3rd or as low as 9th. Only the top eight teams make the postseason.
The Nanooks are rolling winning eight of their last nine games. Colton Beck is four points away from 100 career points and Cody Kunyk is tied for the WCHA lead in points with 38. He also is tied with six game winning goals.
Ironically, Matt Bailey of Anchorage, has the other six game winner. Bailey has 32 points to lead UAA. Goalies Chris Kamal and Rob Gunderson are 4th and 6th in goals allowed. The Seawolves are coming off of a bye and were swept by Ferris before that. The Gov Cup series is tied 1-1.