The campus is still quiet.

 

The ice rink at Wells Fargo Sports Complex is not.

 

After a finishing 11-20-3 and missing the playoffs for a second straight year, the University of Alaska Anchorage Seawolves are back on the ice. And they’re determined to reverse that course.

 

It starts now, even though their first exhibition match is nearly eight weeks away.

 

“It’s really one of the best times of the year, being back,” said junior goalie Olivier Mantha, who spent a week over the summer at a development camp with the NHL’s Winnipeg Jets. “No school, so we can just practice, get better, work out, try to get stronger, so it’s always nice to get back.”

 

But the season will be here soon enough.

 

Following an exhibition game with Simon Fraser on Sept. 30 at the Palmer Arena, the season gets going on Oct. 7 with the Minnesota Golden Gophers out of the Big Ten coming to Anchorage for a visit. The following night, Oct. 8, it’s a more familiar opponent with UAF.

 

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