Goaltender McKinley Hoff of Anchorage keeps shutting down shooters and pocketing awards.
Nazareth’s senior delivered two more gems last weekend, when she backstopped the NCAA Division III Golden Flyers to consecutive 2-1 victories over visiting Arcadia and earned her second straight United Collegiate Hockey Conference Goaltender of the Week award.
Hoff stopped 25 shots in Friday’s win and 26 in Saturday’s victory to improve to 12-3-1 with a 1.19 goals-against average and .936 save percentage. She has been instrumental in Nazareth’s eight-game winning streak, with the last four wins all coming by one-goal margins. Hoff has surrendered more than one goal in a game just once in her last seven starts and just seven goals total in that span, during which she has put up a 1.00 goals-against average and .946 save percentage.
The weekly award Hoff pocketed is her third of the season, all since the calendar turned to 2024, and the sixth of her career.
She enjoyed some help from some Alaska teammates. Corsica Skibinski of Anchorage (6-5—11 in 21 games) scored both Nazareth goals Friday, with defenseman Sydney Swanson of Anchorage assisting on one.
Hoff wasn’t the only Alaska goalie to flourish in D-III on the weekend. Bethel sophomore Austin Ryman of Fairbanks stopped 22 shots in Friday’s 4-3 win over visiting St. Scholastica and followed with 36 saves in Saturday’s 2-1 OT win in the rematch. He improved to 9-3-0, 1.88, .937.
Elsewhere in women’s D-III play on the weekend:
- Alaskans had a hand in Wilkes’ 8-1 and 10-1 sweep of visiting Hilbert. Junior forward Bella Kaczorowski of Anchorage (2-6—8 in 21 games) furnished a primary assist in Friday’s win and senior defenseman Savanna Maxon of Anchorage contributed an assist Saturday.
- Alvernia freshman forward Khenzie Connick of Anchorage generated a primary assist in Friday’s 4-2 win at Lebanon Valley. Her 9-9—18 totals in 21 games rank second on the team in all three scoring categories, and her plus-9 ranks third.
Also, in men’s D-III play:
- Junior forward Ryan Bailey of Anchorage and sophomore forward Ethan Pitzman of Homer boosted SUNY-Fredonia’s strong weekend that featured Friday’s 3-0 win over Post and Saturday’s 5-1 win over SUNY-Morrisville. Bailey scored a goal Friday, added one goal and one helper Saturday, and won 17 of 28 face-offs in two games. His 5-8—13 totals in 21 games makes him the team leader in points and assists, and he is tied for second in goals. Pitzman provided a goal Friday and an assist Saturday, and he is 2-5—7 in 21 games to tie for fourth on the club in points.
- Milwaukee School of Engineering sophomore forward Riley Ott of Fairbanks racked his first college goal Saturday in a 5-3 loss to Aurora.
- SUNY-Cortland senior forward Cameron Knowlton of Kenai scored a goal and went plus-3 in Saturday’s 5-1 win at SUNY-Brockport.
- Alaskans checked in on both sides of the scoresheet Friday, when senior forward Ty Proffitt of Fairbanks helped Wisconsin-Superior to a 4-1 win over Wisconsin-Stout, which received an assist from sophomore forward Maksis Brimanis of Anchorage. Brimanis is 6-6—12 in 20 games with a team-leading plus-8 rating.
- And freshman defenseman Clay Allen of Anchorage checked in with a primary assist for St. Mary’s in a 4-2 loss at St. John’s on Saturday.
In women’s D-I games:
- Senior forward Mikayla Lantto of Wasilla continued to bolster Long Island University’s attack with three goals in a 3-2 and 2-1 sweep of visiting Stonehill, which gives the Sharks (21-8-0) a program record for wins in a season and a seven-game winning streak to go with their 12-game winning streak earlier. Lantto scored twice Friday, when she unloaded six shots on goal, and scored once Saturday, which she cranked five shots. Long Island, which has been involved in nine straight games decided by one goal (7-0-2), clinched the New England Women’s Hockey Alliance regular-season title with St. Anselm’s loss later Saturday. Lantto has furnished five two-goal games and seven multiple-point games this season. Her 17-7—24 totals and plus-13 rating makes her the team leader in goals, points and plus-minus. Her 131 shots on goal are 53 more than her next most prolific teammate.
- RIT senior forward Nicole Ness of Anchorage scored the game-tying goal and fired six shots in Saturday’s 3-2 win over visiting Robert Morris to give her 9-3—12 totals in 29 games. The Tigers snapped their five-game losing streak.
In men’s D-I action:
- UAA finally beat UAF on its sixth try of the season, winning 4-2 in Anchorage on Saturday. UAF had already clinched the Governor’s Cup by winning the first four games in the season series by a combined goal differential of 19-6 before the Seawolves and Nanooks tied 2-2 in Game 5 and UAA finally broke through Saturday. Jared White stopped 22 shots for UAA and junior forward Porter Schachle of Wasilla furnished the empty-net goal. Coupled with a 4-0 win at nationally-ranked Providence on Jan. 20, Saturday’s win gave the Seawolves (8-14-2) consecutive wins for only the second time this season.
- Junior goalie Trent Burnham of Eagle River made 35 saves Friday, when independent Lindenwood forged a 4-4 tie at No. 17 Arizona State.
- Minnesota State junior winger Zach Krajnik of Eagle River circled the net and flicked a backhand feed to Kaden Bohlsen for the one-timer that earned the Mavericks a 4-3 OT win at St. Thomas on Friday.
- Senior defenseman Zach Plucinski of Eagle River had a primary assist for Notre Dame in Friday’s 4-1 win over visiting No. 8 Michigan State.
- Junior forward Sullivan Mack of Anchorage scored a goal and set up another for No. 13 Cornell in Saturday’s 7-2 win over visiting Clarkson.
- Graduate forward Josh Boyer of Wasilla had an assist for St. Lawrence in Saturday’s 3-2 loss at Colgate.