College roundup: Local players on display at NCAA hockey regional

Plenty of Minnesota-born players will be on display at the NCAA West Regional men’s hockey tournament this weekend at Xcel Energy Center.

Minnesota, the host team and No. 1 overall seed, will play Robert Morris in a semifinal game at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, with St. Cloud State and Notre Dame meeting in the other semifinal at 8 p.m.

The winners play at 6:30 p.m. Sunday for a spot in the NCAA Frozen Four, scheduled for April 10-12 in Philadelphia.

Hudson Fasching of Burnsville, a former Apple Valley High School player, is tied for fourth in scoring for Minnesota with 28 points (12 goals, 16 assists). Former Lakeville South player Justin Kloos has 27 points on 12 goals and 15 assists. Defenseman Brady Skjei of Lakeville, a former Lakeville North player, has six goals and five assists for 11 points. Apple Valley High School graduate A.J. Michaelson has three points (one goal, two assists) in 14 games.

St. Cloud State has 11 native Minnesotans on its roster including former Lakeville North player Charlie Lindgren, the Huskies’ backup goalie. Notre Dame forward Mario Lucia is the son of Minnesota head coach Don Lucia.

Robert Morris has no native Minnesotans on its roster.

Wolfe breaks in

Eagan native Megan Wolfe completed her first season with the University of Minnesota women’s hockey team, scoring 16 points (three goals, 13 assists) in 40 games and earning a plus-27 rating.

The Gophers finished 38-2-1 and were stopped just short of a third consecutive national championship when they lost to Clarkson 5-4 in the Women’s Frozen Four final.

Milestone for Moulton

Former Eagan High School pitching standout Sara Moulton now has put herself into the University of Minnesota softball record book. When the senior pitched a shutout as the Gophers beat South Carolina 1-0 on March 19 she became the first pitcher in school history with 100 career victories.

Moulton’s 44 shutouts also are a school record.

The Gophers were 24-4 overall after splitting a doubleheader against Nebraska on Sunday.

Bree Blanchette, also an Eagan High graduate, is the Gophers’ starting center fielder and is batting .250. Paige Palkovich, a sophomore from Apple Valley who played high school ball at Eastview, is a utility player for Minnesota.

MIAC hockey awards

Several former Burnsville High School players received postseason hockey awards from the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Adam Smyth, a senior forward at Gustavus Adolphus, was named first-team All-MIAC, as did Nick Senta, a junior defenseman for St. John’s. It was Smyth’s second All-MIAC award.

Another BHS graduate, Gustavus junior forward Andy Pearson, was named to the conference’s All-Sportsmanship team.

Also named first-team All-MIAC were St. John’s junior forward John Haeg, a Lakeville native who played high school hockey at Holy Angels, and Gustavus sophomore goalie John McLean, an Eagan native who previously played at Minnehaha Academy.

Academic honor for Albers

Eagan native and University of New Hampshire soccer player A.J. Albers made the America East honor roll for fall 2013.

New Hampshire had 114 student-athletes on the fall honor roll, the most of any America East school. Twenty of the 30 men’s soccer players earned the award, which goes to students who have a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher.