Thirty-two Division I commits fill the rosters of the four teams in contention for the NAHL’s Robertson Cup, which will be decided May 11-14 in Blaine, Minn.
The Fogerty Ice Arena plays host to the Fairbanks Ice Dogs, Minot Minotauros, Shreveport Mudbugs and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights to determine the NAHL’s playoff champion.
The four teams are seeded and will play best-of-three semifinal series: No. 1 Fairbanks vs. No. 4 Minot and No. 2 Shreveport vs. No. 3 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. The winners will meet Monday, May 14, for a single-game championship. All games can be seen on HockeyTV.
The 32 players already committed to Division I programs are headed to 22 schools. Army West Point and Lake Superior State lead all schools with three commits at the Robertson Cup, while Alaska, Bemidji State, Ferris State and UMass Lowell each boast a pair.
Each of the four teams in the Robertson Cup feature at least six Division I commits, led by Fairbanks with 10. The Ice Dogs posted the league’s best record in the regular season with 45 wins and 97 points, including a 24-game winning streak from Dec. 8 to March 2.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton forward Jack Olmstead (Michigan) leads all scorers in the Robertson Cup field with 10 points in the playoffs. He is followed closely by Fairbanks forward Samuel Ruffin (Alaska), Shreveport’s Ryan Burnett (uncommitted) and Minot’s Alex Adams (Bemidji State).
Fairbanks boasts a pair of first-team All-NAHL selections in forward Hunter Wendt (Ferris State) and defenseman Luke Orysiuk (Bentley). Shreveport is the only other team in the field with an all-league player in second-team defenseman Dominick Procopio (UMass Lowell).
NCAA Commits in the Robertson Cup
|Fairbanks Ice Dogs|
|Josh Benson||G||Sacred Heart|
|Robert Blueger||F||Lake Superior State|
|Daniel Haider||F||Army West Point|
|Tanner Schachle||F||Alaska Anchorage|
|Nolan Schaeffer||D||Robert Morris|
|Erkka Vanska||F||Holy Cross|
|Hunter Wendt||F||Ferris State|
|Alex Adams||F||Bemidji State|
|Grant Loven||F||Northern Michigan|
|Miroslav Mucha||F||Lake Superior State|
|Jack Robbel||G||Lake Superior State|
|Nolan Sawchuk||D||UMass Lowell|
|Jonatan Asplund||D||Michigan State|
|Kieran Durgan||F||Air Force|
|Dominick Procopio||D||UMass Lowell|
|Jake Transit||F||Ferris State|
|Jeff Bertrand||F||Penn State|
|Tyrone Bronte||F||Bemidji State|
|Thomas Farrell||D||Army West Point|
|Anthony Firriolo||D||Army West Point|
|Gabe Temple||F||Michigan Tech|