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The Anchorage Wolverines junior hockey team will make the Ben Boeke Ice Arena their temporary home for three playoffs in October and November.
The team hoped to begin its inaugural season in the North American Hockey League Level II at the Sullivan Arena, which can accommodate over 6,000 people for hockey.
But with the arena still in use as a homeless shelter, team officials have moved their first seven home games next to the smaller Ben Boeke arena, which has a capacity of around 1,000.
Around 400 tickets for a game will be available, the team announced Thursday. The rest of the seats will go to season ticket holders and sponsors.
âBarring unforeseen changes, beer and liquor will be for sale,â said Kari Ellsworth, the team’s director of marketing and communications.
The Wolverines are set to begin their home season Oct. 15-17 with a three-game streak against the Illinois Springfield Jr. Blues. The Wisconsin Janesville Jets come to town for a series October 29-30, and the Kenai River Brown Bears will play two games at Ben Boeke on November 12-13.
According to the NAHL schedule, Sullivan Arena is listed as the site of a November 19-20 series between the Wolverines and the Fairbanks Ice Dogs.
With the Sullivan Arena unavailable, the Wolverines have prepared for the season with training at the Royal Business Systems Ice Center in South Anchorage. They played two exhibition games and two intra-team scrum games there.
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The team is playing its first nine road games, including this week’s Friday-Saturday series against the Minnesota Magicians in Richfield, Minnesota. The Wolverines were 2-2 at the NAHL Showcase last week in Blaine, Minnesota. The magicians are 4-2.
Talon Sigurdson has scored four goals in Anchorage’s first four games, the league’s fourth-tallest. The 19-year-old from Sartell, Minnesota, Sigurdson scored three of his goals in a 4-3 loss to the El Paso Rhinos.
Shane Soderwall of Algonquin, Ill. – who turned 19 on Thursday – is one of the league’s early point guard leaders. He is one of seven goaltenders with a shutout, ranking 10th in save percentage (.932) and 12th in goals against average (1.92).