Our man Justin Johnson, the former Seawolves and Aces winger from Anchorage, made his season debut tonight for AHL Manchester and got busy fairly quickly off the hop -- he fought less than nine minutes into a 3-2 loss at Providence.
Johnson fired two shots on goal and registered an even rating.
On the college front, Notre Dame junior goaltender Steve Summerhays of Anchorage wrapped up a CCHA series sweep at Michigan for the Fighting Irish with 28 saves in a 4-1 win in Ann Arbor. Summerhays stopped 24 shots in Thursday's 3-1 win over the Wolverines, and he's put up wicked good numbers early this season -- 7-3-0, 1.51 goals-against average, .939 save percentage and two shutouts.
Also in that game tonight, Notre Dame freshman winger Mario Lucia scored his first college goal in just his second game -- he debuted Thursday after missing the early part of the season with a broken leg. Why do we mention Lucia? Hey, he was born in Fairbanks. You might remember his old man, Don, the current Minnesota coach, as the UAF head coach back in the day.
In Division I women's hockey, Wisconsin winger Alev Kelter of Eagle River racked a goal for the third straight game, this one a shortie no less, in a 4-2 win at Ohio State. She owns 3-1--4 totals in the last three games. For the season, in 13 games she's put up 7-2--9 and +9 totals.
At the Division III level, Amherst goaltender Nathan Corey of Anchorage proved stellar in his club's season opener, bagging 26senior saves in a 1-0 win at Hamilton. That's Corey's fifth career shutout, which is particularly impressive given he has not played that much in college. His career numbers: 11-3-2, 1.55, .931.