Alaska sports notebook: Team Alaska 15o boys Tier 1 hockey team competes at nationals; Goalie Isaiah Saville makes pro debut

The Team Alaska 15o Boys Tier 1 team is competing in the national tournament this week in Detroit, Michigan. The team finished the regular season ranked ninth in the nation in the highest tier at the youth hockey level.

In their first game, they faced the Windy City Storm on Wednesday afternoon and lost 6-5 in overtime in heartbreaking fashion according to head coach Jeff Carlson.

“We were up 4-1 at one point in the second period,” Carlson said. “They got a couple quick goals to get back in the game and finished it off in overtime. We were in a good spot and coughed it up there, but that is the way it goes.”

Despite the loss, the team’s hopes are still alive as long as they win their next two games over the next couple of days. They played the Sioux Falls Power on Thursday and play Mount St. Charles on Friday. Carlson says that at this point, every game going forward is a must-win and the team will need to be at its best.

“We need to win both of them in order to move on,” Carlson said. “It is within reach, but we’ll have to play flawless hockey from here on out in order to move on to the next round.”

Their leading scorer against the Storm was Garin Ludwig with two goals. Mac Swanson had a pair of assists and Simon Binkley had a goal and an assist.

“Those are our top offensive performers out there,” Carlson said.

Even though the locker room was in a fragile state following the loss, Carlson said the team’s spirits remain high.

“There’s no point in dwelling on it,” Carlson said. “What’s done is done and we move on and move forward. We’re a good hockey team. I think we’ll give it our best effort for our matchups moving forward.”

Anchorage’s Isaiah Saville sees first professional action

Former West High School standout Isaiah Saville made his pro hockey debut on Saturday. After spending the last three years at the University of Nebraska Omaha, he signed with the Las Vegas Golden Knights and took the ice as goaltender for their AHL affiliate, Henderson Silver Knights. Saville stopped 18 of 20 shots in a 3-1 loss to the Tucson Roadrunners.

UAA volleyball lands another talented recruit

The UAA volleyball team and head coach Chris Green added another prep standout to their recruiting class Tuesday when they announced the signing of Jaelyn Douglas.

The 6-3 middle blocker/right-side hitter from Bear Creek High School in Colorado signed her National Letter of Intent following her strong senior season this past fall in which she was a Second Team All-JeffCo League performer. As a junior and sophomore, she earned honorable mention all-conference recognition. Douglas recorded 235 kills on .221 hitting and 177 total blocks in 162 career sets at the prep level.

“We’re excited to have Jaelyn join our program,” Green said in a press release. “She’s a very good blocker who will probably play the middle for us, and we think she has a high ceiling for improving offensively with her hard-work ethic.”

She is the seventh new recruit to commit to UAA for the 2022 season, joining previous signees Emma Beattie (5-11, OH, Sedona, Ariz./Red Rock HS), Isabel Evans (6-3, MB, Corvallis, Mont./CHS/Williston State), Madison Galloway (5-4, L/DS, Pensacola, Fla./Pensacola Catholic HS), Anyah Grigsby (5-10, OH/RS, Greenville, S.C./South Central HS/Lassen CC), Gretta Lawson (5-10, OH/MB, Spokane, Wash./Ferris HS) and Amirah Young (5-8, OH, Las Cruces, N.M./Onate HS/Trinidad State).

The Seawolves have made NCAA Div. II Tournament appearances in 10 of the past 12 seasons.

Nash receives regional award for indoor track

UAA’s first-year standout Cole Nash was named the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year for indoor track and field. He was the runnerup at the GNAC Championships in both the 3,000 meters and 5,000 meters.

He recorded season-best times of 8:16.42 in the 3,000 and 14:29.18 in the 5,000. Both were NCAA Championships provisional qualifying times.

Josh Reed

Josh Reed is a sports reporter for the Anchorage Daily News. He's a graduate of West High School and the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.