{Sports in Brief}

Hockey

Hobblin’ hockey heroes

The casualty count has reached four for the Seawolves’ hockey squad and they’ve only played one exhibition game.

Center Charlie Kronschnabel has a broken foot and will be out for more than a month. Sophomore center Brett Arcand-Kootenay’s broken jaw will take at least another four weeks to heal. Defensman Spencer Gilchrist dislocated his shoulder and forward Martin Stuchlik suffered a severe concussion in a bicycling accident in his native Czech Republic .

Head coach John Hill is left with only one healthy center for four lines. He plans to move forwards Blair Tassone and Ales Parez to the middle of the ice, perhaps along with defenseman Matt Hanson. The injuries magnified the impact of losing defenseman Lee Green to suspension and center Chris Fournier to academic ineligibility.

 

Skiing

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Swap ’til you drop for ski team

Need some skis but can’t afford a new pair? Don’t worry because the annual Ski and Snowboard Expo is just around the corner. The event, sponsored by the Alyeska Ski and Snowboard Club along with the UAA ski team, will take place Oct. 17-18 at West Anchorage High School .

A portion of profits from the expo, the largest and oldest outdoor gear swap in the state, will benefit the Seawolf ski team. Those interested in swapping should register their gear during equipment check-in Oct. 16 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or Oct. 17 from 9 a.m. to noon. The expo is open for sales Oct. 16 from noon to 5 p.m. and Oct. 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Along with the gear swap, there will be outdoor vendor booths and sign-ups for winter sports programs. For more information, call UAA ski coach Trond Flagstad at 786-1285 or visit AlyeskaSkiClub.com.

 

Cross Country

Running with the best

Both the UAA men’s and women’s cross country continue to inch up the rankings in the latest American Cross Country Coaches National Poll. The men are ranked fifth, one spot behind Great Northwest Athletic Conference rival Humboldt St . The women sit in seventh place and five fellow GNAC teams are ahead of them.

So far this season, the Seawolves have swept both the UAA and University of Alaska Fairbanks Invitationals . The men and women finished 10th and 11th respectively at the Pre-National meet in Evansville , Ind. Sept. 25.