Nanooks Hockey Releases 2022-2023 Schedule
Governor’s Cup returns next season
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The Alaska Nanooks hockey team has released their full schedule for their upcoming 2022-23 schedule. The set of games next season contains 34 games, and the restoration of their in-state rival Alaska Anchorage Seawolves.
The Nanooks will have two weeks of exhibition scheduled before opening their true season. The Blue and Gold scrimmage will take place at the Patty Ice Arena September 17. Then, Alaska will play an exhibition against Simon Fraser the following Saturday, September 24.
The first official games of the season will take place in a Saturday and Sunday two game set with American International College (AIC). The games against the AIC Yellow Jackets will be a home series at the Carlson Center October 1-2.
Looking at the remainder of their home series at the Carlson next season, the next home series is against an old conference foe, the Michigan Tech Huskies (October 13-14). The Nanooks will spend all of November and the first weekend of December either on the road or with a bye week before returning to home ice. December 9-10 will be a series that Nanooks fans will want to have marked on their calendars. The return of the Nooks will be the first series of three next season against the Seawolves.
Following the more road series, and the holiday break, Alaska returns once again with the last game of the Alaska Airlines Governor’s Cup against UAA on January 28. The first and third weekend of February will feature two series against fellow independent teams that Alaska saw last season in some intense games. First, it will be the Arizona State Sun Devils that come to Fairbanks, February 3-4. Two weeks later, it will be the Long Island University Sharks turn to finish the four game season series these two teams will have next year. The Nanooks will conclude their home series of the 2022-23 season with two games against NCAA’s newest Division I hockey team, the Lindenwood Lions in the first weekend of March.
Diving in to the road series for the Nanooks next season, the first road trip will be a long one. Four straight road series are on tap for the Nooks: University of Nebraska Omaha Mavericks, Northern Michigan Wildcats, RPI Engineers, and Penn State Nittany Lions. The Nooks have familiar opponents in the Mavericks and Engineers, and introduce another conference old of past in the Wildcats and Big Ten’s Penn State for new teams that they didn’t see last season.
The Nanooks next portion of road games will be games three and four against the Seawolves (December 16-17). The Nooks will follow the Seawolves with another Big Ten team, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The Nanooks will get a crack at the reigning National Champion, Denver Pioneers. The road trip concludes with one game in Anchorage against the Seawolves for game five.
There will be two more road series mixed into the month of February against Long Island and Arizona State respectively, but will only go on the road for those series without spending multiple weeks on the road.
There are many aspects of the upcoming season’s schedule that can be positives for the Alaska Nanooks, but at the top of the list will be the restoration of the Alaska Airlines Governor’s Cup. The series next year features six games in total, and the first four of the six will be played in back-to-back weekends December 9-10, 16-17. The first series will be two home games for the Nanooks, and the next two will both be in Anchorage. The season series will conclude with a home-and-home series. The final series will be January 27-28. The first game will be in Anchorage, and the series will conclude in Fairbanks.
“I think what Coach Erik Largen is able to do with his relationships around the league, functioning as an independent is a true testament to the fact he’s made a name for himself,” said Nanooks Athletic Director, Dr. Brock Anundson. “Teams want to come to Alaska and play us, and want us to come play them... We want to see how we match up in the Pairwise rankings.”
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