The Ferris State hockey team will travel to Alaska this weekend on a trip that is longer than all of their other trips combined.
This is the second consecutive season in which the Bulldogs have had to travel to play the University of Alaska Fairbanks Nanooks on the road. The Bulldogs will leave Big Rapids early Wednesday morning and will not return until late Sunday night. Not including Big Rapids, the team will be in five cities in as many days.
The 16-hour travel time to Fairbanks is not the most difficult part of the entire trip, however. Alaska is four hours behind Michigan in terms of time. The games will be played at 7:00 p.m. local time, but to the Bulldogs it will feel like it is 11:00 p.m. Junior defenseman Scott Wietecha said it takes a few days to adjust to the time change.