FAIRBANKS — The Alaska Nanooks hockey team announced that it has signed its first two recruits for the upcoming season to National Letters of Intent on Thursday.
Forwards Peter Krieger and Austin Vieth, who both play for the Waterloo Black Hawks of the United States Hockey League, are set to join the Nanooks for the 2014-15 season.
Krieger, listed at 5-foot-10, 181 pounds, scored 48 goals with 73 assists for 119 points in 121 games in his career. This season Krieger scored 26 goals and 41 assists for 67 points, his first year with the Black Hawks.
In the 2012-13 season with the Aberdeen Wings of the North American Hockey League, Krieger, who plans on majoring in justice, scored 22 goals with 32 assists for 54 points. Krieger
“He (Krieger) has been a consistent performer over the past two years of junior hockey averaging over a point a game,” Nanooks head coach Dallas Ferguson said in a University of Alaska Fairbanks press release. “I really like the fact Peter can play both left wing or center which will provide us with options when putting our lineup together.”
Vieth, who is listed at 5-foot-10, 180 pounds, scored five goals with eight assists for 13 points in 48 games this season for the Black Hawks. In two seasons with the Black Hawks, Vieth scored 11 goals with 16 assists for 27 points.
“The speed Austin will bring to the table for the Nanooks will be tough for opponents to match,” Fukushima said. “He is one of the best skaters in the USHL.”
Vieth, who plans on studying business administration, played 13 games with the Janesville Jets of the NAHL in the 2012-13 season, scoring five goals with seven assists for 12 points.
After sweeping Sioux Falls in the first round of the Clark Cup Playoffs, Krieger, Vieth and the Black Hawks begin the Western Conference Finals tonight against Sioux City.
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The Alaska Nanooks volleyball team announced the signing of two junior college transfers to National Letters of Intent on Thursday.
Kensey Mix and Miranda Grieser are both joining the Nanooks next season.
Mix, a 5-foot-11 middle blocker, helped Blue Mountain Community College win back-to-back Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges championships in 2012 and 2013.
Mix was second on the team with 18 blocks during the Timberwolves’ championship run and her 45 kills were the fourth most among all players.
“Kensey is a dynamic, well-rounded athlete who adds two years of collegiate experience to our middle blocker position,” head coach Mallory Larranaga said in a UAF press release. “She’s been well coached and comes in with good technique and great hops.”
Grieser spent two season as Highline Community College’s starting setter. Last season she was named to the NWAACC West Region First Team and on the NWAACC All-Academic Team.
“Miranda is a true competitor, which is what you want in a setter,” said Larranaga. “As a leader on the court she makes intelligent choices and will work hard for her teammates.”
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