FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) As long as the Alaska Nanooks take down the UAA Seawolves and claim the Governor's Cup, not much else matters in between for many UAF fans. The first installment of the biggest rivalry in Alaska collegiate athletics begins Friday, when the Nanooks face the Seawolves in Anchorage for game one of the Governor's Cup.
"There are certain goals that you want to be able to reach and winning the Governor's Cup is one of them," UAF head coach Erik Largen said via phone Thursday. "I know for our seniors it is an important thing and they want to give it their best effort this weekend."
The current seniors have never lost a Governor's Cup title, and that can be said for several classes before them, as the Nanooks have claimed 10 straight Gov. Cups, solidifying their decade of dominance. The returners have made sure that the significance of the Cup is imprinted in the newcomers.
"We talked about it all week, the upperclassmen shared it with those freshman coming in and the transfers coming in on how important the rivalry is and the Governor's Cup," Largen said. "It's a city thing, it's a campus thing and also the team's too. Also, with us playing in the conference the points are so important, so our older guys have done a good job of letting the freshman know how big this series means to our program."
The 27th edition of the Governor's Cup series begins Friday at 7 p.m. at the Seawolf Sports Complex in Anchorage.
The Gov. Cup will conclude with a pair of games at the Carlson Center in Fairbanks February 28 and 29.
UAF (3-3, 2-0 WCHA) is coming off an upset over #8 Penn State, who they blanked 4-0 last weekend.
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