The partial government shutdown will not get in the way of a season opening hockey tournament this weekend in Anchorage.

The 2013 Kendall Hockey Classic will move ahead as scheduled, with a 5:07 p.m. Friday game between the UAF Nanooks and the Air Force Falcons in Sullivan Arena. 

"We are pleased to announce that we have worked with the Air Force Academy to accomodate their travel to Alaska," said UAA athletic director Keith Hackett, also saying Alaska Airlines played a role in making sure the games are played on schedule.

Last season, the Nanooks tied the Falcons, 3-3, and UAF won 2-1 in a shootout. In 2010, the Nanooks won 5-2.

UAA also plays against last year's national runner-up, Quinnipiac, at 4:07 p.m. on Saturday in Sullivan Arena.