ALASKA NANOOKS: Alaska completed its regular season with a 14-18-2 overall record, performing well at home but struggling to a 6-13-1 record outside of the Last Frontier.
The Nanooks are led up front by a pair of high-scoring underclassmen in freshman forward Brady Risk and sophomore Didrik Henbrant. Risk leads the team with 24 total points (10g-14a) while Henbrant has a team-high 11 goals and is tied for second with 20 points on the year.
Garrett Pyke is the leading scorer from the blueline as the Toronto native has posted a team-high 16 helpers to pair with his quartet of goals for 20 points for the campaign.
Gustavs Davis Grigals, a 23-year-old netminder from Latvia, has taken the bulk of time this year in the Nanooks cage, playing to a 13-15-2-2 record, 2.41 GAA and .919 save percentage in 33 games of action. He is backed up by Daniel Allin, who has seen time in 14 games, posting a 1-3-0-0 record, 3.95 GAA and .867 SV% for Alaska.
The game will be the second ever meeting between Team USA and Alaska, the first coming all the way back on September 26, 2008. The Nanooks took the win with a 4-0 shutout in that one.
MUSKEGON LUMBERJACKS: The games will be the sixth and seventh between the U18s and 'Jacks this season and the final time the two sides will see each other.
The U18s took both preseason contests to kick off the season back in mid-September (5-1, 8-5) before the squads split their first two matchups of the regular season. In the latest iteration of the season series, the U18s came from behind to win one of the most exciting games of the year, an eventual 9-8 victory for Team USA on February 4 at USA Hockey Arena.
The Lumberjacks sit comfortably in third place in the USHL's Eastern Conference with a 25-15-3-3 record en route to 56 points on the year.
Quinn Hutson has been Muskegon's biggest producer, garnering a team-high 26 goals and has added 32 assists for 58 points, good for fifth most across all skaters in the USHL. Hutson is aided by a high-flying group that includes Phillip Tresca, Ben Strinden, Joey Larson and Jacob Braccini, who have all eclipsed the 20-goal mark on the year.
On the blue line, Jacob Guevin has dished out a team-high 36 assists, most among defensemen and fifth most among all skaters in the league.
In net, Muskegon has had six goalies play in at least four games this year, but Aleksandr Kuleshov is the lone qualified netminder for the 'Jacks. The 2001-born Russian has posted a 10-4-1 record appearing in 19 games with a 3.68 goals-against and .870 save percentage for the season.