Postcards From Alaska - Day Two
Oct. 13, 2004
All this week, umassathletics.com will give you an inside look at the ice hockey team's trip to Anchorage, Alaska for the Nye Frontier Classic. In addition, redshirt sophomore Matt Anderson will be keeping a journal of his experience in Alaska and it will be posted at the end of each day.
Wednesday, Oct. 13 The Minutemen left the Mullins Center for Bradley International Airport at 4:30 AM. After a layover in Minneapolis, the team touched down in Anchorage at 3:00 Alaskan time (7:00 Eastern Time).
UMass then checked into its downtown hotel and headed off to the University of Alaska Anchorage Sports Complex for a light skate before dinner.
Thursday, Oct. 14
After a much-needed good night's sleep, the UMass travel party set out for a little sightseeing tour. The Minutemen headed south into the Chugach National Forest. The group went along a peninsula and eventually stopped off near the Portage Glacier. Visibility was limited this morning due to low clouds and rain, but the views were still breath-taking.
In the afternoon, the Minutemen practiced at Ben Boecke Rink and then went back to the hotel for some rest. In the evening, the team attended the Nye Frontier Classic banquet. Junior Stephen Werner was the UMass representative who spoke to those in attendance. After the banquet, the team will go back to the hotel to get a good night's rest in preparation for tomorrow night's game against the University of Minnesota. Check back to umassathletics.com tomorrow night for pictures from the banquet and a full game recap.
Matt Anderson Journal Entry
Hey UMass fans,
Today was our first full day in Alaska. We were able to get a little sight-seeing in this morning heading south out of Anchorage to the Chugach National Forest and the Portage Glacier. Going south wasn't a hard choice because the only other option is north. To the east and west, we are surrounded by mountains and water so there are no roads. We took some great pictures and it was such a nice change to breathe in the great mountain air.
Spirits are high here as we are preparing for Minnesota tomorrow night. We had a great practice this afternoon and are heading to a banquet tonight. This afternoon's practice was a great chance to get back into the swing of things after being cramped up on the plane and adjusting to the time difference. At yesterday's skate we were a bit jet lag so to have a good practice today felt great.
T trip was a tough one for you guys to make, but we know you will all be listening to us on radio and supporting us. I'll catch up with you after tomorrow's game.