Nice Sunday for former UAA defenseman Luka Vidmar, who now draws a paycheck from the ECHL's South Carolina Stingrays (coached by former UAA forward Spencer Carbery) and today racked his first three-point game as a pro.
Vidmar assisted on every goal in South Carolina's 3-0 win at Orlando. That's his first three-pointer in 114 regular-season and playoff games as a pro. Vidmar owns 4-17--21 totals in 50 games.
His teammate, forward Hunter Bishop of Fairbanks, extended his point streak to six games (4-5--9 in that span) with one goal and one assist to give him 24-25--49 totals in 48 matches. Bishop owns points in 10 of his last 11 games and has delivered 15 multiple-point games this season.
On the college front, Notre Dame junior goaltender Steve Summerhays of Anchorage furnished 22 saves today in a 2-1 win over Miami (Ohio) outdoors at Soldier Field in Chicago, where Minnesota and Wisconsin are playing as this is written. Summerhays is 16-11-0 with a 2.01 goals-against average and .919 save percentage. Also playing in the game was Notre Dame freshman winger Mario Lucia, who was born in Fairbanks and had a goal, and wNotre Dame sophomore winger Austin Wuthrich of Anchorage, who had two shots on goal.
Speaking of college, UAA freshman center Blake Tatchell, the team's leading point man with 8-15--23 totals in 30 games, ranks tied for 11th in the country in points per game by a freshman (.77).
And speaking of the Seawolves, their electrifying 4 of 6 performance on the power play Saturday in an excruciating 6-5 overtime loss to visiting Nebraska-Omaha did wonders for their national ranking in that category. UAA started the weekend ranked 54th among 59 Division I teams with a 12.6 conversion rate. Saturday's performance raised the Seawolves' power-play efficiency to 15.8 percent, which zoomed them up to 37th nationally.
Minnesota State-Mankato freshman goaltender Stephon Williams of Fairbanks is eighth in the country in goals-against average (1.77) and 12th in save percentage (.932). He is 17-7-2.