By Valdez Finest.
Get this. The reason I was stopped was for no "anti-spray devices" on my lifted truck.
Was on my way home from work, stopped at the store, and realized I didn't have my wallet with my bank card in it. I had some cash and picked up a few things anyway. Didn't even cross my mind that I also didn't have my Drivers License on me.
I see the cop on one of the side roads coming from the opposite side of town. He turns and follows me and a few minutes later I see the lights. By this time its 11:15 pm after a hard days night and I wonder what the hell. Do I have a tailight out or something.
I roll down the window and the cop shines his flashlight in my face. This is where I like my lifted truck being up high. He says "Didn't I just see you somewhere?" Small town. I answered "Were you at the college?" He said "No, I saw you at the store." I said "yah, thats where I realized I'd left my Drivers License at home." Then he asked for my truck insurance and luckily I keep that in the glove compartment. I hand that to him and he goes and comes back and says they are going to do two things. And since it was cold I could stay in my truck.
1. Give me a citation (fix-it ticket) for no mud flaps. I have a week to have them put on and take down to the cop shop and show them. Otherwise its a $70.00 fine.
#2. They were doing routine checks with the dope dog.
He sniffs around the outside of my vehicle twice with the window rolled down and the second time around the cop clicked his fingers in my face and I looked down at the dog and he kept on going. It was a Lab and I always thought cop dogs were German Shepards. (Rin Tin Tin)
Then the cop asked me if I smoked marijuana. I answered "not today." Then he questions me if I had any marijuana in the vehicle and I said "no, I don't think so." He said "well, you should know. Its your vehicle."
Got home late and Mr. FishTaxi was waiting up worried about me. I hadn't called and he thought the truck broke down or something until I handed him the ticket.
He's my Chevy man and he'll put flaps on and take it down and show those cops for me.
I'd rather not see them again!
Tuesday, January 31, 2006
Sunday, January 29, 2006
Opened a large can of Campbell's Chicken Noodle and doctored it up with leftovers and whatever else I had on hand. Fresh cut green beans, roasted onions, can of sliced mushrooms, can of green chilis, little wasabi powder, diced shallots, fresh chopped garlic, grated ginger, a couple chicken bouillon cubes and a fork whisked egg dropped in at the end.
The coleslaw was leftover from Saturdays dinner of Pulled Pork Sammies & French Frys.
Got lots of rest this weekend. Drank water & orange juice (no beer! you know I'm sick). Sneezed over a hundred times then quit counting. Washed my sheets, blankets AND pillows with bleach. Only went as far as the end of my driveway for 10 minutes to take some pictures today and ran back in the house with my runny nose. Argh
Back to work tomorrow and Photoshop class tomorrow night. Look out world!
Posted by FishTaxi at 8:10 PM
Saturday, January 28, 2006
The walls of the hallways, classrooms and offices at PWSCC are adorned with late 1800 - early 1900 photos of the Valdez area by P.S. Hunt. This group is a favorite of mine. Especially the upper left corner snapshot of a couple standing in front of their shack. Staunch & proud, I can't help but think that woman could have been me, had I lived in Valdez at the turn of the 20th century. The lower left picture of the women with the dog shows the importance of dog ownership back then. The dog team on the lower right could have been photographer P.S. Hunts as he traveled by dog team with his equipment.
One comment I heard in the hallway was "How did they keep so clean back then? I'm having a hard time today!" The most often heard comment is "Wouldn't P.S. Hunt be amazed with todays digital photography."
More P.S. Hunt photo's here http://vilda.alaska.edu/index.html
Posted by FishTaxi at 11:05 AM
Friday, January 27, 2006
Thursday, January 26, 2006
Stop by and check out my friends new blog at http://doxsunshine.blogspot.com/
She's a talented digital photographer. Gets up early to take pictures of the sunrises from her roof. She's also into 35mm and taking a Photography class and will be developing her own black & white film. I'm looking forward to seeing her B & W project along with photos of beautiful Alaska on her very own blog.
Alaska Sunshine is the friend who picked up my new Nikon Coolpix 5600 at Best Buy in Anchortown last weekend. I've been reading the manual, taking pictures and getting to know the bells & whistles. It even takes short videos!
This week has been brutal. Hovering above zero with a wind chill factor making it minus zero. I'm on the north Gulf Coast but the Interior of Alaska has been down to -50 and below. Then somebody ripped off my sled at work Wed. nite. I usually leave it outside with a couple bags of trash on it waiting for the last bag to come out of the Wellness Center (gym) but that night it was out there empty and it walked off. The reason it was empty was it was so cold outside I put the trash bags in the shop because I thought "why go out side?" I was in the other end of the building washing chalkboards and got a premonition about my sled. Sure enough when I went to take the trash it was gone! It was weird. Then I had to take two trips to the dumpster carrying the trash, in the freezing ass cold, instead of one trip pulling. Luckily, the store still had more and the college reimbursed me the $17.99.
My new, new sled has PWSCC stenciled on it and I won't be leaving it unattended. I took a picture of it tonight loaded down, and once I dl the picture program I'll post it, in all its glory.
Stay warm everybody and thanks for the kudos on my 100th post.
Posted by FishTaxi at 11:34 PM
Tuesday, January 24, 2006
Took me 6 months.
No, I didn't take this picture but I've been snapping pictures with my new camera all day. Just haven't downloaded any yet. Grabbed this picture a while back from a client of Valdez Heli-camp . He took the picture from the helicoptor he was flying up the mountain in so he could ski down.
By the 26th or 27th of January the sun will rise over the mountains and Valdez will be seeing longer days. It was pretty close to the top today. At 5pm it was still light out though dusk came quick.
Heres to another 100 posts!
Posted by FishTaxi at 11:45 PM
Monday, January 23, 2006
Tonight was my first PhotoShop class. Its filled up with 15 people and I got there a few minutes late so I got the last computer. It faces with my back to the teacher and sideways to the Big Screen. Why I didn't go earlier and grab a good seat I do not know. Oh yah, I was working. Had my usual 2 sled loads of trash to take to the dumpster. Took me a little longer than I thought and I was only a couple minutes late. Next week I'll get the trash out to the dumpster before lunch. I was starving after 6 hrs work with no food since breakfast and was looking forward to leftover London Broil, french frys and fresh green beans.
In class I kept having to turn around and put my glasses on to see the board then taking them off to see my screen. So I missed a lot of stuff! There are some advanced students in there and they went fast. Luckily, the little college gal next to me helped me when I got behind. Very frustrating.
We did Lesson 1 & 2. Its a really neat program. PhotoShop is all about looking at colors mathematicly. And having a knack for graphic art and what pleases the eye. We'll be making flyers, postcards, brochures and posters. Our final will be either a group, partner or individual project. No plaguerism is allowed and will be brought to the Dean of Students attention if we can't say how we did it in Photoshop.
I'm a copycat and always have been. I don't have an artistic bone in my body. My retention level is below average. Glad I don't need the credits and just want to learn the program.
I snapped a few pics on my new digital camera. This is not one of them.
Posted by FishTaxi at 11:33 PM
Saturday, January 21, 2006
Its Saturday night and I'm listening to UAF Nanook hockey on the internet while doing a weeks worth of dishes. Can't seem to get them done during the week.
We've got 3 feet of snow so far and they are calling for 4 more feet by Sunday night. My friend is stuck in Anchortown, with my new digital camera, at least til Monday as the plane ain't flying in this. Thompson Pass has a blizzard advisory out and could close so driving back is out of the question.
UAF Nanooks 2 Ohio State Buckeyes 0 at the end of the second period.
This is not a Photoshopped picture. Its my friends real hair flipped over her nieces head!
That was my 200 watt speaker on my stoop. The cops clipped my wings when they told me "somebody was going to jail if they had to come back one more time for a loud music complaint." I only have one 200 watt speaker and no 200 watt amp now. One neighbor was complaining. He called the cops to report a porcupine was in the neighborhood. What could I do but get headphones.
UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA FAIRBANKS DEFEATS OHIO STATE BUCKEYES 3 - zip
update - my friend got a ride and made it back to town with my new digital camera and is on her way over here with it!
Posted by FishTaxi at 7:35 PM
Friday, January 20, 2006
Wednesday, January 18, 2006
This is my neighbor's house down the street. Isn't it cute? She only lives there in the summer. It sits on floats and was one of the first dwellings out here across the Bridge to No Where.
I'm in the process of getting a new digital camera. I can't wait! A friend is flying to Anchorage Friday and is going to pick one up for me at Best Buy.
She'll be a devil with my cash on the barrel!
Then I can take random photos again and on Monday I'll start learning how to photoshop pictures. First thing I'm going to take a picture of is a $100 bill. Then print more. No! I'm not.
Posted by FishTaxi at 11:22 PM
Tuesday, January 17, 2006
College classes started today. I don't start Photoshop til next Monday night which is good. They've got me on a new schedule working 2-11pm. Part of my job is security. We've been broke into and vandalized 3 times in the last nine months. The last time being at the beginning of Christmas break. On my watch. They caught the kids by following their footprints in the snow. Luckily they didn't vandalize too bad. Broke the glass door into the Bookshop and stole pop & candy.
The whole town is asleep when I get off work now.
Waiting on my W-2s to get our taxes done. We think we could get back about 5 grand and want it as soon as we can. We need another vehicle and are looking for a Chevy S-10.
Wish I had my 1971 VW Convertable back! waaaaaah
Posted by FishTaxi at 11:20 PM
Sunday, January 15, 2006
Saturday, January 14, 2006
Rockett was my junkyard dog. He spent the first part of his life on a chain in the towing company's yard. I remember seeing him there and feeling sorry for him. When they left town I got Rockett before he went to the pound. His name was Patches then. I didn't like that name so with his new life he got a new name. He could pull my arm out of its socket when walking him on a leash. Plus, he loved to chase bottle rockets.
The first picture is of Rocket in his hole. He loved that hole and its still there. The second picture is of him under my bed where he slept every night. If you look close there is a bonus picture of Little Sistor in it. She liked hanging under the bed with Rockett Dog. When I snapped the picture, I didn't know she would be in it, too. The third picture was taken right before he shook the snow off.
Rockett was full of personality. He liked to lay in the middle of the street. Luckily, we live on a dead-end street and were the last place on the road at the time. He would herd the cars into the driveway. He hated the cops and loved to pee on their tires. Some surveyors sprayed him with orange paint one time and he had orange stripes for quite a while. He was allowed in all the bars because he was good and could handle his drinking very well.
He would get embarrassed when we would have him shaved the beginning of summer and hide under my bed for a week. He always shared his food with the birds who hung around him constantly. He liked stealing rich dog's chewing bones. Once, he stole the neighbors dog's fancy food/water dishes right off their porch. After that incident anything that went missing over there they would call and ask if Rockett had their hammer etc.
I sure loved that dog and miss him. I'm patiently waiting for another dog like Rockett to find me.
Posted by FishTaxi at 8:54 PM
Friday, January 13, 2006
When I had no sign of the telephone man by 1:15pm I called the phone company. Sure enough he couldn't find my house and they were calling the wrong number. Thats right. My telephone company was calling the wrong number because they have it listed in the phone book wrong and have for 4 years!
When I went dial-up 4 years ago, on my "had for years number" we got another line put in with a new number. Every year since, the telephone book has my new number listed as the modem line below my old number which was the line a phone wasn't even plugged into. Even if I wasn't on-line that phone could ring and I wouldn't know it.
I missed a lot of phone calls. Every year I would let the phone company know the numbers were listed wrong and they never fixed it. Because of this I was a little leary of going DSL with them. So when the telephone man didn't show up I knew they were calling the wrong number. Glad I didn't sit around and wait. They thought I wasn't home.
Everythings cool now. Took 10 minutes and I was back on-line. Faster than Lightening!
Posted by FishTaxi at 2:13 PM
Thursday, January 12, 2006
Well, at 1pm. Morning to me. Decided to forgo the package deal and went straight DSL for $50 and still keep the 2 land lines. Total $109 a month.
Took Friday the 13th off as a day of annual leave. Found out Monday is a paid holiday off so I got another 4 day week-end. 2 paid!
Next time I post I will be faster.
January 13th is also my 3 month anniversary at my latest job. That place is clean if I do say so myself. Everybody is happy. I give a job 3 months and if things don't go my way by then my attitude goes out the window.
Next Tuesday the Spring Semester starts and my working hours change to 2-11pm. Fridays (no school) I'll go in a couple hours earlier. Who wants to stay there til 11pm on Friday night? Other than that I can handle it. I'll miss most of David Letterman, all of American Idol and my cats. But, I'll have DSL.
Posted by FishTaxi at 11:24 PM
Tuesday, January 10, 2006
Yah! Registered today. I'm taking one class. Adobe Photoshop! 3 credits - 3hrs - Monday nights. I work Monday nights so we worked my working hours around class. Not only that my tuition is waivered. $282 smackaroos! I also get an 80% discount on Adobe Photoshop 7.0! Had to pay for the book (bought it used) and registration/lab fees. $95.00 Wow!
I might be switching my internet provider on Friday the 13th at 1pm (taking the day off annual leave) to local Copper Valley. They have a special going on.
Get 1 Mbps DSL High Speed Internet & 100 minutes of Long Distance for $47 a month.
FREE DSL modem
FREE Digital cell phone
heres where they get yah: CV Wireless rate plan required as part of this promotion. Which the cheapest costs $30 so this deal will cost me $77.00 a month PLUS the cell phone & land line charges. Its a 2 year contract. I haven't signed it yet. Depends on if they want the $200 deposit from me or not. I've been a customer for almost 20 years. You get it back after a year but still. I don't have a major credit card or they would take that just in case I skip town on the bill.
In the morning, I'll check out what GCI cable has to offer.
Posted by FishTaxi at 11:06 PM
Got a letter from my dial-up ISP provider informing me this:
Dec 27th, 2005
This letter is to inform you that we've recently updated our dial-up access numbers and several numbers will be discontinued, including the local dial-up access in your area.
Please log on to www.acsalaska.com to see the list of dial-up access numbers are available. There's a possibility that you may no longer hav access to a dial-up number that will not incur long distance charges. If you do not wish to pay LD charges when accessing the internet and wish to switch from ACS to another internet provider you are free to do so with no financial penalty from ACS.
We apoligise for any inconvience this change to our service offering may cause you.
Alaska Communications Systems
Posted by FishTaxi at 1:53 AM
Saturday, January 07, 2006
First time using new Delonghi Electric Deep Fryer
Sweet Potatoe Frys
Moose Stir Fry
with veggies & secrets
Veggie Stir Fry
Sweet & Sour
Hot Mulled Apple Juice
Earl Grey Tea
To go plates
Posted by FishTaxi at 11:44 PM
Friday, January 06, 2006
THIS IS MY STORY- WHO SAYS YOU CAN'T GO HOME (TO PLAY HOCKEY)
Jan. 4, 2006
Who says you can't go home
There's only one place that call me one of their own
Just a hometown boy, born a rolling-stone, who says you can't go home
Who says you can't go back, been around all around the world and that's a matter of fact
There's only one place left I want to go, who says you can't go home
-- Bon Jovi - Who Says You Can't Go Home
While Wylie Rogers is no rock star, the sophomore goalie did make it back home to do what he loves. He started playing in the Great White North but took a detour to Michigan before returning back to Fairbanks. The sophomore forward tells of his travels for the game and what made him return to play for the Nanooks in his own words "You Can Go Home Again."
By Wylie Rogers
I never imagined when I was young and sitting in the crowd at the Carlson Center watching players like Tavis MacMillan, Dallas Ferguson, and Wade Klippenstein play for the UAF Nanooks, that I would someday wear the blue and gold jersey myself. And better yet, that those three players would be the coaching staff while I was playing. Kids growing up in Ann Arbor want to play for the Wolverines, Lansing is the Spartans, and what young Minnesota hockey player doesn't dream of playing for the Golden Gophers? It was different for me growing up around Nanook hockey. Don't get me wrong, I loved the atmosphere and the team, but UAF wasn't a big name school that kids would get excited about playing for. I think that those days have been over for some time now due to so many aspects of the Fairbanks community.
In my freshman year of high school, Fairbanks didn't offer the opportunity for me to excel in my hockey career at the time. Being from Fairbanks, I did the one thing that no kid will ever hear the end of (from childhood teammates). I went to Anchorage to play, the rival town of Fairbanks in more than just hockey. I would go to high school in Fairbanks for the day on a Wednesday and right after classes I would board a plane and fly 45 minutes to Anchorage for practice that night, and fly home and be in class back in Fairbanks the next day. Fridays after school I would fly down for games on the weekends and come home again for Monday classes. It was a grueling year of hockey for my family and me but it was a sacrifice that we had to make.
I left Fairbanks after my sophomore year to go play hockey in Michigan for the Metro Jets in the Central States Junior B Hockey League. This was my first year away from home and I had to experience a lot without my family close by. Just like every hockey player that had left home to go play outside it can be very exciting but challenging at the same time. After winning a National Championship with the Metro Jets, I signed on with the United States National Team Development Program's Under-18 team for my final year of school.
That was the year that I grew more as a hockey player than anything. The training program and hockey schedule was a task of its own, not to mention the school that was being missed for overseas trips. I was able to fly to Europe to play in tournaments and experience places and cultures new to me in Prague, Czech Republic, and Stockholm, Sweden. It had always been a dream of mine to wear the USA logo and play for my country in international tournaments and it is an experience I will never forget.
I still had no idea what college I wanted to attend or even who was interested in me at the time. Every player on my team except for two had committed to a Division I school. Growing up in Fairbanks I had an idea of what the team used to be like but I hadn't really kept up with the progress of the program for a while. I flew for an official visit back home and it didn't take any time at all to realize that I wanted to be back in my hometown playing for the college that I grew up watching. For those of you who haven't been to Fairbanks, it's a town that is regularly in the 70-degree range in the summer and is known to hit minus 50 below in the winter. If there was anything holding me back from making my decision it was the weather! I committed to UAF before their Saturday night game during a meeting with the head coach at the time (Guy Gadowsky - who is now with Princeton) in the locker room.
After playing the following year in the BCHL for the Victoria Salsa, I began my college career at UAF. Like I said, growing up in a town like Fairbanks for me as a kid I didn't have dreams of playing for the local college. The program over the years has changed due to the coaching staffs, past players, and the fans of Fairbanks. If there is one thing that I will never forget until the day I die, it is the feeling that I get when I put on the jersey and get called out for the starting lineup in my hometown, in front of my closest family and friends, and thousands of the most loyal hockey fans I have ever met. I have gotten to know over these last two years that kids in this town are now growing up saying "I want to play for the UAF Nanooks someday."
We are proud of you, Wylie! Love, Aunt Kathy & Uncle Mike
Posted by FishTaxi at 5:37 PM
Thursday, January 05, 2006
Deep cleaned all the carpets with an extractor, stripped and waxed, all the hard floors in the building. I had help from the maintenance guys and one kid doing community service. Which was greatly appreciated by me. When I got to work today at 10am I heard this: The Maintenance Crew were voted "Employees of the Month"! har har har, yes folks, the Maintenance Crew includes yours truly. The guys were so happy that they basically sat around the whole afternoon. Not me. I got the last two bathrooms stripped and cleaned. I was ready to get it done and over with and worked through my lunch to "get 'er done". Tomorrow I go back to 1-10pm and that makes me happy along with the floors shining and being part of the crew voted "Employees of the Month".
Classes start the 17th.
Posted by FishTaxi at 8:29 PM
Wednesday, January 04, 2006
I was playing with my little sistor kitty cat. She loves boxes and we had a big box so I cut holes in it. My cat was batting her paws out of the holes, not wanting to get scratched, I had a piece of golden stretchy string with a bunched up piece of wrapping papper attached to the end. Little sistor got a hold of it and I kept pulling on the string til it broke and snapped back into my left eye LID! Just missing my eyeball. It felt like my eye got knocked out. Or sliced. Big ouch!
Once I saw that my eye was intact we immediately put ice on it. Opened the front door and got some clean chunks from outside. That kept the swelling down.
Instead of being blind, with one glass eye, the FishTaxi is sporting a black eye.
Posted by FishTaxi at 8:51 PM
Tuesday, January 03, 2006
From the PIO.
#5 - What was Ehrich thinking?
#5 - What was Ehrich thinking?
Case number: 05-106682
Text: On 12/28/05 at approximately 1953 hours,
stopped a 2004 Dodge Stratus bearing
license plate Alaska
the intersection of
Palmer Wasilla Highwayand Snider Drive
for speeding. Investigation revealed, Ehrich Schmidt was
driving with a
suspended license. Ehrich was arrested and remanded to
MSPT on $500.00
Received and posted Thursday, December 29, 2005 3:44 AM
# 4 - Get your story straight before you leave the house!
# 4 - Get your story straight before you leave the house!
Case number: 05-106727
Type: Warrant Arrest, Hindering Prosecution,
Resisting Arrest, False
Information, MICS Fourth Degree
Text: On 12-28-05 at approximately 2242 hours, the
AST DUI Enforcement
Team stopped a Jeep Wrangler at the intersection of
Bogard Roadand Main
Street for a moving violation. The driver was
identified as Stephen
Spikes, age 18, of Wasilla. Spikes provided a
false name for the
passenger, who Spikes knew had a warrant for his arrest.
provided a different false name. Investigation
revealed that the
passenger a 17 year old male, of Wasilla. The juvenile
male had multiple
warrants for his arrest. When Troopers attempted
to arrest the juvenile
male he resisted and attempted to flee. The male
juvenile was arrested
and found to be in possession of Methadone, a controlled
The male juvenile was remanded into the Mat-Su Youth
Facility, where he
was held without bail. Spikes was arrested
for Hindering Prosecution and
was remanded into MSPT, where bail was set at $500.
Received and posted Thursday, December 29, 2005 6:03 AM
#3 - Anti-spray device? Is that mud flaps?
#3 - Anti-spray device? Is that mud flaps?
Case number: 05-106722
Text: On 12-28-05 at approximately 1020 hours,
conducted a traffic stop on a 1996,
pickup truck Toyota
in the Shoprite
parking lot located near mile 42 of the
for having no anti-
spray device and no rear license plate light.
that the driver Edward Mathieson, age 45 of Wasilla
was operating the
pickup while under the influence of alcohol. Toyota
arrested for DUI and transported to Mat-Su Pretrial
Facility where he
was allowed to be released to a sober adult.
Received and posted Thursday, December 29, 2005 6:41 AM
#2 - Caribou vrs. Bears
Location: Mile 53 Tok Cut-off
Case number: 05-106763
Text: On 12/29/05 at approximately 0630 hours, a 2004 Ford
Alaska License EPS422 operated by Paula S. Bears
47 y.o.a. of Northway,
was traveling Northbound on the Tok Cut-Off
when she struck a Caribou
in the middle of the roadway. No injuries were
reported and the driver
was wearing a seat belt. Damage to the vehicle
is estimated at
approximately $8,000.00 U.S. Dollars.
Received and posted Thursday, December 29, 2005 2:50 PM
#1 - Rude Terrorist Action Verb
#1 - Rude Terrorist Action Verb
Case number: 05-106993
Type: Terroristic Threatening
Text: On December 29, 2005, at 2039 hours,
responded to Fairbanks Correctional Center (FCC)
after receiving a
report of an unruly inmate. Investigation revealed
that inmate Sean
Judd, 32 years of age of
, broke a telephone Fairbanks
belonging to FCC
and after being written up for disciplinary action,
Judd spat upon a
Correctional Officer. Charges for Terroristic Threatening
forwarded to the District Attorney's Office for prosecution.
Received and posted Thursday, December 29, 2005 11:22 PM
Posted by FishTaxi at 4:27 PM
Monday, January 02, 2006
Sunday, January 01, 2006
FAIRBANKS -- As 2006 opens, Alaska's college hockey equation is right back where it was in 2005.
And 2004. And 2003. And 2002.
Namely, the players in the state's premier pucks program wear blue and gold, and their fingerprints are all over the Governor's Cup.
UAF took the measure of UAA for the fifth consecutive season, snuffing the Seawolves 3-0 before 4,336 fans on Saturday night to retain the Governor's Cup with a 3-1 advantage in the annual four-game season series.
"We got the Cup! We got the Cup! We got the Cup!'' the Nanooks chanted as they huddled on the Carlson Center ice to celebrate their superiority and have team pictures snapped.
The Nanooks gathered around the Cup as still photographers clicked off shots and television cameras rolled. Each player, coach and support staffer extended a hand, with four fingers and thumb extended.
The Drive For Five was complete.
That it was successful was largely courtesy of a baby-faced, blond, 20-year-old sophomore goaltender from Fairbanks. Wylie Rogers may look like a kid, but he's The Man when he faces the boys in green and gold.
Rogers stopped 33 shots to record his second career shutout of UAA and his school record-tying fourth career shutout.
Seawolves, who's your daddy? Wylie Rogers.
In seven career games against UAA, Rogers' numbers are numbing. He is 5-1-1 with a 1.27 goals-against average and .953 save percentage. The only time the Seawolves have beaten him came earlier this season, and even that was a 2-1 squeaker.
Rogers, who as a freshman in high school flew to Anchorage twice a week to practice with the Alaska All Stars competition team, makes no secret of his love of beating the Seawolves.
He grew up in Fairbanks, so he understands this rivalry that dates back to 1979 and has included a Governor's Cup competition for the last 13 seasons.
"I don't think it actually hit me until between the second and third periods,'' Rogers said. "We were getting ready for the third period and I said, "I not only want to beat these guys, I don't even want to give them a chance.''
The Nanooks owned a 3-0 lead, and Rogers made it stand, stopping 13 third-period shots.
Earlier, Rogers kept the Seawolves humble by stopping Matt Jolly's breakaway backhander in the second period, when the game still was scoreless. Later in the period, with UAF leading 1-0, he squeezed his pads to stop a redirected shot that was bound for his five-hole. And in the last five seconds, he rebuffed power-play shots by Chris Tarkir and Justin Johnson.
"If I can not let any of their players hold the Governor's Cup, the Fairbanks Nanooks have done their job,'' Rogers said.
Rogers, the Central Collegiate Hockey Association's All-Rookie goalie last season, has struggled at times this season and surrendered playing time to freshman Chad Johnson. But UAF head coach Tavis MacMillan, the former Nanook skater and assistant coach, knows Rogers' regard for the rivalry.
So he started Rogers in both games here. Rogers backstopped the Nanooks to a 4-2 win Friday.
"I think the Cup inspires a lot of people, and it probably inspires him more than anyone,'' MacMillan said. "He shows up in big games. Chad and he have both played well.
"This was more of a hunch, (with Rogers) being a Fairbanks kid and understanding this rivalry and how much it means to him.''
Granted, the Seawolves gave Rogers some help. They went scoreless on 10 power plays Saturday -- and scoreless in 17 power plays on the weekend. They looked indecisive and devoid of confidence with the man advantage.
"If you can't score on the power play, you're not going to win, bottom line,'' said UAA coach Dave Shyiak.
Just as they did Friday, the Nanooks on Saturday scored two of their goals during 5-on-3 advantages. The first one, by defenseman Darcy Campbell, came when UAA, already down a man, lost another man when Shyiak barked at referee Craig Lisko and received a bench minor for unsportsmanlike conduct.
"I hold myself accountable,'' Shyiak said.
The loss was the Seawolves' season-worst fourth straight and left them frustrated, forlorn and searching for answers.
"We're fragile right now, and confidence is low,'' Shyiak said.
That was the case for the Nanooks entering this series. They had concluded the first half of their season on a 0-4-1 skid.
But two wins over their intrastate rival buoyed the Nanooks' confidence heading into a four-game conference road trip to Michigan.
"We got the Cup! We got the Cup! We got the Cup!'' they chanted.
When it comes to playing the Seawolves, they easily could have chanted, "We got Wylie! We got Wylie! We got Wylie!''
This column is the opinion of Daily News reporter Doyle Woody. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted by FishTaxi at 4:21 PM