Coming off a strong sophomore season, goaltender Hannah Hogenson of Anchorage got her junior season with the Bemidji State (Minn.) women’s hockey team off to sterling start Friday.
Hogenson stopped 25 of 27 shots (.926 save percentage) in a 3-2 overtime nonconference win over Lindenwood. She also helped kill a Lindenwood third-period power play that resulted from her first college penalty (tripping).
Hogenson (South High) last season three times was named Western Collegiate Hockey Association Goaltender of the Week and once named the circuit’s Goaltender of the Month. She went 8-10-3 with a 3.08 goals-against average and .914 save percentage.
One of Hogenson’s new teammates is freshman center Raeley Carney of Wasilla, who last season helped the Warriors to a state championship runner-up finish. Carney in her college debut was plus-1. She fired one shot on goal, blocked one shot and won seven of 15 face-offs.
In junior hockey, forward Bret Link was one of three Anchorage players who helped the Fargo Force rack an 8-1 U.S. Hockey League win over the Madison Capitols. Link, who is committed to Colorado College, furnished a power-play goal and an assist. Last season, he bagged 20-30—50 totals in 61 games for Fargo, with four power-play strikes and three shorties.
Pocketing his first junior point for Fargo was 16-year-old rookie forward Mac Swanson of Anchorage. The Force also includes rookie defenseman Camden Shasby, 17, of Anchorage, who is committed to Western Michigan.
Also in the USHL, rookie forward Colin Kessler, 18, of Anchorage, has delivered the Sioux City Musketeers an assist and a plus-1 rating in each of his first two games, and he’s unloaded 10 shots on goal in that span. Kessler is a Vermont commit.
And in the North American Hockey League, goaltender Zakari Brice of Fairbanks picked up his first win of the season after three losses when he stopped 26 shots for the New Jersey Titans in a 4-1 road win over the Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks. Brice, 19, who is a Arizona State commit, is only 1-3-0, but his supporting numbers are strong – 2.57 goals-against average and .923 save percentage.