With four-year stalwart Scott Greenham done after his senior season, the UAF Nanooks will have to find a new No. 1 goaltender next season, and they have received a commitment from a kid in the U.S. Hockey League, according to Chris Heisenberg's recruiting site.
The Nanooks have plucked John Keeney, 19, who plays for the Muskegon Lumberjacks. He's from Twin Peaks, Calif., and his stats this year are nothing special -- 9-21-7, 3.50, .898 -- but consider that the team he plays on apparently is not very good at hockey. Muskegon (17-32-7) currently sits last in the Eastern Conference and 15th overall out of 16 teams.
But check out Keeney's numbers last season, when he played for Omaha, which was the fifth-best team on the circuit -- 15-9-3, 2.23, .918. Much better.
The Nanooks should have two returning goalies in senior-to-be Steve Thompson of Anchorage and sophomore-to-be Sean Cahill.
Still, from afar, looks like an open competition to become The Man -- Thompson has played just 250 career minutes at UAF and Cahill just 19 minutes.