Goaltending trends: Copley, Summerhays up; Williams down

Checking up on some Alaska goaltenders in Division I men's play, Pheonix Copley of North Pole and Steve Summerhays of Anchorage continued strong seasons tonight.

Copley stopped 19 shots for Michigan Tech in a 3-0 win over visiting Michigan State. He's only 2-5-0 -- his goal support has been lousy -- but he owns a goals-against average of 1.86 and a save percentage of .942 (seventh in the country).

Summerhays, the goalie for No. 4-ranked Notre Dame, made 31 saves in a 4-1 win over visiting and No. 1-ranked Minnesota. Summerhays is 7-1-0 with a 1.43 goals-against average (third in the nation) and a .941 save percentage.

Meanwhile, Stephon Williams of Fairbanks, the reigning WCHA Rookie of the Year and first-team all-league goalie, continues to struggle as a sophomore. He got the hook tonight at home, midway through a 4-3 loss against Bowling Green, after surrendering four goals on 16 shots. Williams fell to 2-4-0 with a 3.40 goals-against average and .867 save percentage.

He's got a lot of time left this season to get things turned around, of course, but remember, last season he led the Mavericks to the NCAA tournament and went 21-12-2 with a 2.00 goals-against average and .924 save percentage.