The first step to getting out of the proverbial hole you’ve dug, is to stop digging, followed by clawing your way back to the top. Though it has only been 13 games since their first match, UAA has only posted a 5 win, 8 loss record, with the most recent losses coming from University of Wisconsin, 5-1 and 6-2 on the Nov. 13 and 14.
Josh Lunden put up a pair of goals, making a valiant effort to put UAA on the board. These losses against the Badgers failed to improve UAA’s standing of eighth place with only four conference points, tying them with Michigan Tech.
“When you’re not scoring, I like to be the first person on the ice and working on taking shots, on picking corners, working on things you’re not doing in games,” junior forward Tommy Grant said in a recent article in the Anchorage Daily News. “The worst thing you can do is beat yourself up because that’s not going to help anything.”
Their next challenge comes in the form of St. Cloud State in the Sullivan Arena on the Dec. 4 and 5.
“St Cloud has some high skilled players that are a threat to score on the rush and have a very good power play,” said Hockey Coach David Shyiak.
This is the point of the season when UAA needs to reach their full potential and resolve their issues. They have remained inconsistent and those inconsistencies in their play have held them back. The season is only a month old, and some may contribute this to inexperience and some chemistry. Coach Shyiak, simply calls them growing pains.