{Sports Briefs}


Catch some air for UAA skiing

Can’t wait until the snow covers the slopes at Alyeska? Then come live vicariously through pro skiers with Matchstick Production’s Yearbook: The Year of Skiing 2004.

The movie, which is sponsored by UAA ski team, will show at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 5. Tickets are $10 at the door of the Wendy Williamson Auditorium.

The movie features some of the world’s most famous extreme ski stars flying off mountains and jumps with mind-boggling results. Whether doing a double back somersault off a cliff into a parachute free fall or going airborne on skies that breathe fire, Yearbook takes winter sports to the extreme.

Proceeds benefit the UAA Nordic and Alpine ski programs. For more information, call 786-4806.


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Freshmen garner awards

It’s a pretty simple formula. Down the No. 3 ranked team in the country and win back-to-back Nye Frontier Classics. Then watch the awards roll in.

UAA goalie Nathan Lawson was named Western Collegiate Hockey Association Defensive Player of the Week and forward Shea Hamilton WCHA Rookie of the Week after their performances during the Seawolves’ march to their second consecutive Classic win Oct. 15 and 16.

Lawson made his first career start in Saturday’s championship game against the 2002 and 2003 national champions, the Minnesota Golden Gophers. He stopped 36 of 38 shots for a .947 save percentage. The only two goals he allowed came on the Gopher power play. He also got his first assist on the season on a spectacular length-of-the-ice pass to Matt Hanson that resulted in a goal.

Shea Hamilton scored the game’s other two goals both on the power play including the game winner. He is tied with freshman forward Merit Waldrop for the team lead in goals with two.


Beagle, Molle set to join in 2004

Winning the Nye Frontier Classic means more to the Seawolves hockey team than just pride or one of head coach John Hill’s yearly goals.

It is already paying dividends in the recruiting department.

Only two days after UAA downed the Gophers, center Jay Beagle of the Alberta Junior Hockey league called head coach John Hill and gave the Seawolves an oral commitment to play next year.

With the Calgary Royals, the 6-foot-3, 200-pound center scored 10 goals, 27 assists and 100 penalty minutes in 58 games last year.

The Anchorage Daily News also reported that Dustin Molle, an Anchorage native and member of the U.S Hockey League’s Waterloo (Iowa) Blackhawks, is also interested in joining the hockey program.

The coaching staff is not allowed to make any public comments until a new player signs a national letter of intent.