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Stuck in Minneapolis, Alaska-Anchorage Will Return Home Thursday

CHN Staff Report

Alaska-Anchorage's hockey team, stuck in Minneapolis due to bad weather and flight delays since last weekend, will finally return home Thursday evening, the school said today.

The Seawolves played a non-league series at Wisconsin last weekend. Bad weather caused the team's plane to be late getting to Minneapolis for a connection, resulting in a missed flight.

Continued bad weather has forced widespread flight delays and cancellations since then, making a return trip from Minneapolis to Anchorage difficult to schedule.

“Once we received word of the situation on Sunday, we focused all our efforts on getting the team home,” UAA athletic director Keith Hackett said. “We looked at multiple options and were eventually able to work out a solution with our partners at Alaska Airlines.”

The Seawolves will finally arrive late Thursday and have their normally scheduled game-day practice at Sullivan Arena on Friday morning before taking on Minnesota State that night.

"It's been an interesting few days with all the hurdles we have faced but sometimes these situations help a team come together,” UAA coach Matt Thomas said. “We have had plenty of opportunity to prepare for the weekend and we are very excited to get home to the Sullivan Arena and in front of our fans.”

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