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Alaska Defends Us from Teenagers; Also Russians, Probably

The University of Alaska started off the Dallas Ferguson Era with a convincing 4-0 exhibition win over the US NTDP U18 team.

Earlier this week, I mentioned that it could be a very difficult season in Fairbanks, but last night seemed to show a lot of promise. Freshman Carlo Finucci showed promise as an offensive force, and could create a powerful second line to play behind the two Knelsen brothers and Dustin Sather. Both Sather and Finucci led their respective Jr. B leagues in scoring. The Nanooks should also have good goaltending in senior Chad Johnson.

They likely won't be competing at the top of the league this year, but they may be able to surprise some people and win a few more games than expected.