OK, The Blog has finally slogged through the rosters of well more than 200 college hockey teams to compile the annual list of Alaskans playing their pucks in college.
In the six years The Blog thinks he has been producing this list, the 2013-14 season features the most Alaskans with 77, nine more than last season.
The gains came in Division III, where 36 Alaskans are listed on rosters, compared to 27 in Division III last season.
As usual, Anchorage is home for more than half the Alaskans playing in college with 41. Fairbanks checks in with 15, North Polle and Wasilla with four each, Soldotna with three, and Palmer, Kenai and Eagle River with two each. Chugiak, Juneau, Kasilof and Copper Center each are represented by one player. (To compile the list, we used rosters at collegehockeystats.net and some rosters on school websites, so we're going to the hometowns listed).
You can easily make the argument that Notre Dame senior goaltender Steve Summerhays of Anchorage is making the greatest impact – he's 8-2-1 with a 1.66 goals-against average, .936 save percentage and three shutouts for the Fighting Irish, who are ranked No. 6 in a pair of national polls.
Among women, Vermont sophomore defenseman Danya Colang of Fairbanks is off to a blistering start with 5-5—10 totals in 12 games after going 2-8—10 in 32 games as a freshman.
And Minnesota-Duluth junior forward Zoe Hickel of Anchorage owns 4-5—9 totals in 12 games, with one power-play goal and two short-handed strikes.
As always, if there is an omission, please email email@example.com (remember, only varsity teams, not club-level – gotta draw the line somewhere).
Anyhow, here's the list:
Division I Men
Robert Morris – Jimmy Geerin, Sr. D, Anchorage.
Michigan State – Tanner Sorenson, Jr. F, Anchorage.
Penn State – Casey Bailey, Soph. F, Anchorage.
Clarkson – Bryan Sinz, Fr. D, Anchorage.
Dartmouth – Brad Schierhorn, Soph. F, Anchorage.
Northeastern – Dax Lauwers, Jr. D, Anchorage.
Notre Dame – Steve Summerhays, Sr. G, Anchorage; Austin Wuthrich, Jr. F, Anchorage.
Colorado College – Hunter Fejes, Soph. F, Anchorage; Scott Wamsganz, Jr. F, Anchorage; Jaren Hanson, Soph. F, Palmer.
Nebraska-Omaha – Brian Cooper, Soph. D, Anchorage.
UAA – Chase Van Allen, Fr. D, Anchorage; Connor Wright, Fr. F, Anchorage; Ben Matthews, Soph. D, Anchorage; Brad Duwe, Fr. F, Soldotna; Bobby Murphy, Soph. F, Anchorage; Hayden Trupp, Soph. F, Anchorage; Kory Roy, Jr. F, Anchorage.
UAF – Justin Woods, Fr. D, Fairbanks; Alec Hajdukovich, Soph. F, Fairbanks; Jared Linnell, Fr. F, North Pole; Matt Friese, Soph. F, Wasilla; Nolan Youngmun, Jr. F, Anchorage.
Michigan Tech – Pheonix Copley, Soph. G, North Pole.
Minnesota State-Mankato – Stephon Williams, Soph. G, Fairbanks.
Division I Women
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Lindenwood – Katie Nokelby, Fr. D, Anchorage.
Robert Morris – Leah Carlson, Soph. D, Copper Center.
Brown – Monica Elvin, Fr. G, listed hometown of Penryn, Calif., but played much of her youth hockey in Anchorage.
Colgate – Kayla Haus, Fr. F, Kasilof.
Rensselaer – Jordan Smelker, Sr. F, Anchorage; Nona Letuligasenoa, Sr. F, Fairbanks.
Yale – Abby Gahm, Fr. D, Eagle River.
Connecticut – Kiana Nauheim, Sr. D, Fairbanks.
New Hampshire – Ashley Wilkes, Fr. G, North Pole.
Northeastern – Tori Hickel, Soph. F, Anchorage.
Vermont – Danya Colang, Soph. D, Fairbanks.
Bemidji State – Whitney Wavoda, Soph. F, Fairbanks.
Minnesota-Duluth – Zoe Hickel, Jr. F, Anchorage; Bailey Wright, Fr. F, Anchorage.
St. Cloud State – Jenna Redford, Fr. D/F, Soldotna.
Wisconsin – Kaitlyn Harding, Soph. F, Anchorage.
Division III Men
Castleton – Kyle Pichler, Sr. F, Anchorage.
Norwich – Ryan Lund, Fr. G, Anchorage.
Neuman – Ryan Luiten, Fr. F, Anchorage; Shane Topf, Fr. F, Eagle River.
Framingham State – Ryan McDonald, Jr. F, Anchorage.
UMass-Dartmouth – Zak Kroll, Soph. D, Anchorage.
Bethel – Grant Dye, Jr. F, Anchorage.
Hamline – Chris Sawyer, Fr. F, Wasilla.
St. Mary's – Brad Fusaro, Sr. F, Soldotna; Jed McGlasson, Jr. F, Kenai.
St. Olaf – Matt Geurts, Jr. D, Chugiak.
Trininty -- Ryan Cole, Fr. F, Anchorage; Brandon Cole, Fr. F, Anchorage.
Milwaukee School of Engineering – Gage Christianson, Fr. F, Anchorage.
St. Norbert – Erik Cooper, Soph. F, Anchorage.
Potsdam – Matt Thompson, Soph. F, Anchorage.
Wisconsin-Eau Claire – Jon Waggoner, Sr. F, Fairbanks.
Wisconsin-River Falls – Blake Huppert, Jr. F, Wasilla.
Wisconsin-Stevens Point – Trace Strahle, Fr. D, Anchorage.
Canton – Vince Bridgman, Soph. F, North Pole.
Division III Women
Holy Cross – Mackenzie Boardman, Soph. D, Anchorage.
Norwich – Elle Kadel, Sr. F, Fairbanks; Kayla Parsons, Sr. D, Fairbanks.
Saint Anselm – Marianne Kristiansen, Soph. F, Anchorage.
Chatham – Erika Martin, Fr. F, Fairbanks; McKenzie Haskins, Fr. D, Anchorage.
Cortland – Josie Fletcher, Fr. F, Wasilla.
Bethel - Karly Vohden, Fr. D, Fairbanks.
Concordia (Wis.) – Brandi Muller, Fr. F, Anchorage.
Finlandia – Brittany Coleman, Jr. F, Anchorage.
St. Norbert – Lenka Craigova, Fr. G, Juneau; Zoe Kurth, Sr. F, Anchorage.
Wesleyan – Lottie Barton, Soph. D, Kenai.
Wisconsin-Stevens Point – Janel Winters, Sr. D, Fairbanks.
Franklin Pearce – Marisa Ketterman, Fr. F, Palmer.
By DOYLE WOODY, adn.com