FAIRBANKS-The Nanook hockey team will open its season against the Air Force tomorrow at 5:07 p.m. No government shutdown jeopardized the Kendall Hockey Classic with the Air Force making a trip thanks to the Seawolves and Alaska Airlines.
UAA, the host, has won the last two Kendalls. UAF won it back in 09'. The Nanooks, who have received votes in the latest USCHO.com poll, had a daunting 8-1 win over the University of British Columbia in an exhibition last week.
After the Air Force game the Nanooks will take on last year's national runner up Quinnipiac. The freshmen class, who made numerous plays in the last outing, are looking forward to playing in game that counts.
"It's good to get back on the ice," freshman left wing Josh Erickson said. "Obviously I haven't played a game since last season so it was good to get back out there and get after it again."
Fellow freshman Marcus Basara, a right wing, thinks this is a good time for a mini road trip to start the season.
"It's going to be fun to travel with the guys and get together and road trips always bring teams closer and closer together so it should be good and everyone's looking forward to it," Basara said.
Dallas Ferguson, the Nanooks head coach, like what he saw from his team in the exhibition and expects the effort to not only continue become a natural occurrence on the ice.
"It was game one and you know I was glad to just see the sixty minutes of you know, pace and the intensity that we needed. You know what it goes to whole another level this weekend when we head down to the Kendall," Ferguson added, "it was a normal week just finding the things we need to get better at and enforcing good habits."