It was around 6 below zero. Temporary stands were packed. Fans appeared stoked.
Full darkness ruled the sky as the puck dropped on the ice, signaling the start of the Ice Dogs 4th Annual Outdoor Hockey Game.
The setting reflected the special nature of the event: featuring snow bleachers, a heated beer garden, even a hot tub.
Unfortunately, the Fairbanks Ice Dogs' performance was about as hot as the weather. The team lost to the Wenatchee Wilds 5-3 in a fairly embarrasing effort. Needless to say, the crowd lost some of its' heat by the middle of the second period.
The Nanook crowd cheered the perennial question, “What’s a Sea wolf?”
It was a sea of blue, gold and white with a smattering of green in support of UAA. The Nanooks took the ice in their yellow jerseys to the battle cries of the student body. The 17-year-old faceoff between Alaska's North and South collegiate rivals commenced anew.
Here lies Tradition.
It was 1979, when the UAF/UAA rivalry began. In the early years, the squads played each other as many as eight times a season since neither school belonged to a hockey league.