Lincoln Stars forward Hanson commits to Tigers

Lincoln Stars forward Jared Hanson has committed to play at Colorado College this fall.

The 6-foot, 190-pound forward is currently third on the Stars with 43 points (22g, 21a) in 44 games.

Twenty goals were scored at even strength, including four game-winning goals.  The 19-year-old has six multi-goal games this season, including two hat tricks – Dec. 10 vs. Waterloo and Dec.30h vs. Des Moines.  Hanson also has a plus-27 rating, the seventh best mark in the USHL.

The Palmer, Alaska native first played in the USHL last season for the Stars and posted 24 points (9g, 15a), 104 penalty minutes, and a plus-12 rating in 53 games.

“Jared’s a great example of someone who has worked himself into a complete hockey player,” said Lincoln Stars head coach Chad Johnson.  “He leads by example, is a great team guy, and scores big goals in crucial times.  We’re excited for him to have this opportunity at a school like Colorado College.”

Four other current USHL players are also committed to play hockey at Colorado College; Christian Heil (Chicago Steel), Alex Roos (Chicago Steel), and Jaccob Slavin (Chicago Steel), and Duggie Lagrone (Des Moines Buccaneers).

Seventeen 17 USHL alumni were on the roster for the Tigers this past season; Nick Dineen (Sioux Falls Stampede), Dakota Eveland (Omaha Lancers), Gabe Guentzel (Sioux Falls Stampede), Tim Hall (Ohio Junior Blue Jackets), Joe Howe (Waterloo Black Hawks), Alex Krushelnyski (Sioux City/Chicago), Joe Marciano (Omaha Lancers), Eamonn McDermott (Fargo Force), William Rapuzzi (Green Bay Gamblers), Jaden Schwartz (Tri-City Storm), Scott Winkler (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders), Aaron Harstad (Green Bay Gamblers), Peter Stoykewych (Des Moines Buccaneers), Jordan DiGiando (Dubuque/Cedar Rapids), Charlie Taft (Muskegon Lumberjacks), Scott Wamsganz (Dubuque/Waterloo), and Ian Young (Fargo/Chicago).

Friday reading: Features and previews

The Tigers will need a strong start to keep the boisterous Duluth crowd from energizing the defending national champs.

Forgive CC senior defenseman Gabe Guentzel if he was already a little tired before the 160-mile ( it sure seems longer)  bus trip from Minneapolis to Duluth after the Tigers missed their flight to Duluth because of Thursday morning’s snowstorm. Look for the Bulldogs to rely on a strong forecheck to put further pressure on the CC blue-liners.

Thunder Bay, Ontario is the hometown for the top senior centers for both Minnesota Duluth’s men’s and women’s hockey teams. Good article by Kevin Pates and a smart way to feature two seniors headed into a big weekend at AMSOIL Arena.

North Dakota has struggled at Denver’s Magness Arena. DU’s top freshman defenseman plans to stick with the Pioneers for a full four years. Here’s a preview of the series and the latest Through These Doors video.

Keegan Meuer is a key offensive spark for Wisconsin as the Badgers head to Bemidji State. Here’s a preview capsule on the series.

Nebraska Omaha hopes to keep ahold of fourth place with a strong series against visiting Minnesota. Like most Minnesotans, UNO’s Ryan Walters will be inspired to play against the Gophers.

A Nebraska Lincoln hockey program would be welcome.

St. Cloud State travels to Michigan Tech. The red-clad Huskies’ Brooks Bertsch and Nic Dowd will likely show up early.

Alaska Anchorage takes on rival Alaska Fairbanks for the annual Governors Cup.

Here’s some prediction by the Roman Empire and Goon’s World.