Around the rinks (Hanson, Grant, Bruton, Ruegsegger and enticing notes)

Congrats to Palmer's Jared Hanson, a freshman winger at Colorado College who bagged his first college goal tonight in a 6-5 OT loss to Yale -- the strike came in Hanson's seventh college game, so he's got that out of the way.

CC sophomore Scott Wamsganz of Anchorage had an assist on Hanson's goal -- they were linemates tonight, and among four Alaskans in the lineup for the Tigers. Captain William Rapuzzi of Anchorage had an assist and freshman winger Hunter Fejes of Anchorage also played.

Also in the college game, Minnesota State-Mankato goaltender Stephon Williams stopped 33 shots in a 4-2 win at Wisconsin to give him and the Mavericks a sweep of badly struggling Bucky Badger (1-7-2, Yikes!). Williams stopped 32 shots on a 4-2 win Friday in Madison. Tonight he also picked up a roughing penalty in the late going -- good for him, he'd put up with two goaltender interference calls against the Badgers shortly before that.

And speaking of college, or college connections, former UAA winger Tommy Grant bagged his seventh G of the season tonight in the American Hockey League for Connecticut -- that came in his 15th game this season, after 11 goals in 72 games as a rookie a season ago.

Still in the AHL, former Alaska Aces forward Chris Bruton scored his first goal of the season for Peoria, and had a fighting major, in a 4-1 home loss to Grand Rapids. Bruton owns 1-3--4 and +4 totals in 16 games after going 2-3--5 and -7 in 38 games for the Rivermen last season.

Still in the A, erstwhile Aces winger Tyler Ruegsegger, with Abbotsford all season -- Alaska still owns his ECHL rights -- has 1-1--2 and -1 totals in 14 games for the Heat this season.

In the ECHL, Bakersfield's Evan Trupp, another Anchorage cat, scored his first goal of the season tonight and it was a long time coming -- his 19th game. He owns 1-8--9 and -11 totals in those 19 matches after last season going 10-12--22 and +5 in 25 games with the Condors. Bako fell 7-4 to visiting Ontario, and Bako goalie Scott Greenham, the former UAF masked man, got his full dose of Ontario's C.J. Stretch. Stretch fired four shots on goal and all of them got past Greenham. Stretch went 4-1--5 and a ridiculous +6 in the game.

Lastly, apropos of nothing, check out the disparity of games played in the ECHL. South Carolina(8-12-2)  has already played a league-high 22 games, nearly one-third of the 72-game regular season, while Las Vegas (5-7-2) has played a league-low 14 games.