The ten-member Western Collegiate Hockey Association is ready. UAA and UAF have emerged from the financial chopping block. Budget cuts throughout the state have found both athletic departments and campuses in Anchorage and Fairbanks.

In a media conference call Monday, WCHA commissioner Bill Robertson said the league is moving forward with both schools from the 49th State.

"The two Alaska schools had their status reaffirmed even with ongoing state budget concerns and plan on playing collegiate hockey for the foreseeable future," he said.

For UAA, that means the Green and Gold Game gets it started on Friday at Wells Fargo Sports Complex at 6 p.m. On Saturday, the Seawolves host Simon Fraser at the McDonald Center in Eagle River at 7 p.m.

The season officially opens with North Dakota on Friday, October 6 at Sullivan Arena.