FAIRBANKS-The UAF hockey team will be on the road again this weekend. We caught up with the icers before they headed out to Ferris State Tuesday afternoon.
The Nanooks split last season's series on the road. But Ferris is the top team in the WCHA right now with a 5-0-1 conference record and are 8-2 overall. Bulldogs forwards Garrett Thompson and Justin Buzzeo lead the WCHA with 14 points a-piece.
This will be an interesting matchup that could come down to you plays better defense. Ferris State is the top scoring offense in the WCHA and guess who's right behind them yep the Nanooks. Both teams average over three goals per game.
Sophomore goalie John Keeney believes his team and the goalies are up for this defensive challenge in Ferris's small rink after the timely bye week.
"Yeah I think we should be rested and it's a team we've had some success against and I think we just got to go down and do what we do and we'll be fine," Keeney said.
Dallas Ferguson, the head coach of the Nanook hockey team, feels that the bye week they had could help them start this weekend's games with a higher temp.
"I think probably the best thing is just making sure that you know, that physically we're ready to play at a fast pace. For us it was good time too to get rested so we can play at that pace. I mean we like to skate and in order to do that you got to have the energy to do that. I think the break came at a good time for us," Ferguson said.
Ferrris State's home ice in the Ewigleben Ice Arena is relativelty small which makes for some fast hockey. Sophomore center Tyler Morley was a bit nostalgic about this weekend's trip but it's a business trip for this team.
"Yeah I think we're really excited. It's a small barn. It's really fast. I think it was my first college road trip last year so it's real quick hockey there's not a lot of time and space," Morley said. "They're doing well so we got to know we got to put on our work boots and get ready to get to work."