Lincoln Stars defenseman Zach Frye has committed to play college hockey at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks following his USHL career.
Frye, who is serving as one of the team’s captains this season, has recorded seven points (1g, 6a) in 13 games while currently leading the USHL with 96 penalty minutes. The 19-year-old dished out a career high three assists in the season opener, a 6-3 loss to Cedar Rapids on September 27th. Last season, he recorded 11 points (3g, 8a) in 57 games and ranked tied for 25th overall in the USHL with a plus-23 rating.
It is the fourth season for Frye after breaking into the USHL at just 16 years old during the 2010-11 season following his selection by the Stars in the 2010 USHL Futures Draft. Over 120 games in Lincoln, the Spokane, Washington native has collected 25 points (5g, 20a) and accumulated 346 penalty minutes. He has also played 12 playoff contests.
Two other current USHL players are committed to play college hockey at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks; Peter Krieger and Austin Vieth of the Waterloo Black Hawks.
The school is a member of the WCHA and has seven USHL alumni on the Nanooks roster; Richard Coyne (Lincoln/Chicago/Sioux Falls), Justin Woods (Lincoln Stars), J.D. Peterson (Tri-City/Des Moines), Josh Erickson (Sioux City Musketeers), Matthew Friese (Lincoln Stars), John Keeney (Muskegon/Omaha), Jared Linnell (Tri-City/Cedar Rapids), Nolan Youngmun (Sioux Falls Stampede).
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