NANOOK CORNER: Civil War; UAF Hockey team resumes Governor's Cup Series against UAA Seawolves
The Governor's Cup series is set to resume this weekend when the UAF Hockey team heads down south to take on the UAA Seawolves.
We're going to take a look at the Gov Cup in this week's Nanook Corner.
The Alaska Airlines Governor's Cup brings out the best in both the Alaska Nanooks and the UAA Seawolves every year. The contests between the Nooks and their only Inter-State Rival are specially marked every year for Coaches, Players, and fans of both teams. This season is special because while the cup has been decided by Four games in the past, this year there will be six games between the Schools. We had the Home-and-home series in October that saw the Nooks take both games. Now the Nanooks will go to Anchorage for the next two games of the series.
Dr. Gary Gray; Athletic Director - UAF>>: "We think the Alaska Airlines Governer's Cup is very important. It has a lot of local interest obviously in both communities. The Alumni like it. Both teams get fired up. It's arguably our best competition of the year just because of the natural rivalry. It seems like every state has it and ours is certainly with UAA."
Lance West; Head Coach - Alaska Nanooks Hockey>>: "The Gov Cup has always, since I've been here, meant something to this program. We feel like it means something to this community and the University and everybody. So we take it on our shoulders for everybody and we enjoy that. We've been proud of what we've done the last few years to keep it here."
The Governor's Cup was created to decide who the dominant Alaskan Hockey Team is. Some view it as the most important part of the season. Both teams are well aware of the weight that the Gov Cup carries.
Lance West; Head Coach - Alaska Nanooks Hockey>>: "I don't know if I can put an importance on it. I know it's very very valuable in the asset of building your fan base and pride in your program. And having those intense competitive games, I think, is good for hockey in the state to have that for kids to see the competitive edge and the desire to play and how much fun it is to be a part of something like that."
This weekend's series in Anchorage not only counts towards the Governor's Cup but this time points towards Conference Standings will be on the line. Both the Nanooks and that team down south are in need of those points to improve their positions in the WCHA. The Nooks are tied for 7th and the Seawolves are ranked last. The Nooks hold the lead in the All-Time Governor's Cup series They are 12-8 against UAA. They have also won the Cup every year since 2010. The Nooks can secure the cup for another season this weekend, and once again claim superiority in the 49th state.
Lance West; Head Coach - Alaska Nanooks Hockey>>: "There's a lot of people that, if you keep the Gov Cup and win that series, then I don't know if the rest of the season doesn't matter but it sure, whether it was a good or bad season it sure increases how you feel about yourself at the end of the year. I think a perfect example of that was a few years ago when they got us in the playoffs. They finished eighth but beat us in the playoffs. The feeling they had at the end of that made their season feel even better than it was. And same thing for us when we beat them last year."
Dr. Gary Gray; Athletic Director - UAF>>: "But it is a little extra special because it is that in-state rival. But when it comes down to it, it's a win/loss issue and it's a points issue. But the excitement of the in-state rivalry is super exciting."