Alaska’s Novak Is ‘Mr. Consistency’

By Doyle Woody
Anchorage Daily News

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – As usual, Vladimir Novak let his play speak for him.

Locked in as the Alaska Aces third-line center throughout the regular season, Novak spent most of the hockey club’s first two ECHL playoff series relegated as the 10th of 10 forwards in the lineup. That’s largely because the Aces added centers Josh Soares and Tomas Kana from the American Hockey League to start the postseason.

Still, Novak, a fifth-year center, logged decent ice time through 10 playoff matches. Between his customary penalty-killing work, duties in certain critical defensive situations and occasional spot shifts, Novak played more than most 10th forwards. He also furnished the Aces with two short-handed goals in the West Division finals against Victoria.

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