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Goalie and Lathrop grad earns 2nd WCHA rookie honor

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Posted: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 11:29 pm

FAIRBANKS — Stephon Williams seems to be enjoying himself in his first season of NCAA Division I hockey.

On Tuesday, the Minnesota State University freshman goaltender and Lathrop High School graduate collected his second straight Western Collegiate Hockey Association Red Baron Rookie of the Week honor.

The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder was recognized for backstopping a weekend sweep of visiting Bemidji State in Mankato, Minn.

Williams turned away all 20 shots he faced to earn his first collegiate shutout in Friday’s 3-0 victory over the Beavers of Bemidji, Minn. The shutout was the first in WCHA play by a Mavericks freshman since Dan Tormey registered two in the 2005-06 season with 4-0 outcomes against Denver and Michigan Tech.

On Saturday in Mankato, Williams notched his fourth straight win of the season by stopping 17 shots in a 6-1 win.

For the weekend at the Verizon Wireless Center, Williams charted a .050 goals against average and .973 saves percentage while denying 37 of 38 shots.

For the season, he has a 4-3-1 record with a .923 saves and a 1.92 GAA that ranks 12th among D-I netminders.

The WCHA recognized Williams on Nov. 27 for backstopping consecutive 4-2 wins at Wisconsin on Nov. 23-24.

• Another WCHA goaltender from Interior Alaska, Michigan Tech freshman and North Pole alumnus Pheonix Copley, stopped 20 of 24 shots Friday in a 7-3 loss to Minnesota Duluth in Houghton, Mich. Copley took over for Kevin Genoe at 9:08 into the first period after the senior starter allowed three goals and had eight saves against the Bulldogs.

• While we’re on the subject of goaltenders from the Interior, Concordia (Wis.) sophomore and West Valley graduate Kaitlyn Evans recorded her first win of the season and her second career shutout with Friday’s 3-0 victory over Finlandia in the opener of a Northern Collegiate Hockey Association women’s series in Hancock, Mich.

Evans faced only five shots, with none in the third period. Her Falcons teammates rattled off 46 shots against the Lions.

• In another Northern Collegiate Hockey Association women’s series that involved a West Valley grad, junior center Zoe Kurth produced three points for St. Norbert (Wis.) in consecutive losses at Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Kurth provided a goal and an assist in Saturday’s 4-3 loss, and she scored her third goal of the season Sunday in a 3-2 overtime defeat.

• Junior center and former Lathrop skater Jon Waggoner has three goals and three assists in six games this season for the Wisconsin-Eau Claire men.

• Sophomore right wing Zoe Hickel of Anchorage contributed three points to Minnesota Duluth’s sweep at Bemidji State in a WCHA women’s series. She had a goal in Saturday’s 4-2 win and a goal and an assist in Sunday’s 4-1 decision.

• Sophomore guard and West Valley grad Jasmine Yarde had a game-high five assists to go with 17 points and a team-high eight rebounds for the Peninsula College women’s basketball team in Saturday’s 74-55 win over Tacoma (Wash.) Community College in Port Angeles, Wash. Sophomore center and Juneau-Douglas alumnae Taylor Larson poured in a game-high 25 and collected seven rebounds for Peninsula.

• Freshman forward Kandace Carroll from Fort Yukon scored 19 points and contributed three steals and three rebounds for Little Big Horn College in a 98-72 win over Bismarck (N.D.) State College in Saturday’s women’s junior college game in Crow Agency, Mont.

• Sophomore guard and North Pole grad Eli Sponseller had a career-high 11 points for the Coast Guard Academy men in Friday’s 71-68 loss to Wheelock College (Mass.) in the Citizens Bank Camel/Cadet Classic in New London, Conn.

• Southern Oregon freshman and Dillingham grad Reed Tennyson registered a 6-4 decision over Menlo College’s Joel Veloni in the 174-pound match of the host Raiders’ 28-12 win in an NAIA wrestling dual meet Nov. 27 in Ashland, Ore.

Southern Oregon is ranked second and Menlo, of Atherton, Calif., is No. 12 in the NAIA Coaches Poll.

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