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Catching Up on Commits

I haven't done one of these posts in a while, so I'm way behind.

Two players for the Des Moines Bucanneers found themselves in remarkably similar situations. At one point, Austin Handley had a scholarship offer to MIchigan State, and Aaron Crandall had a scholarship offer to Wisconsin. At some point last season, both were told, 'you don't have that offer anymore, you're free to look elsewhere' and now, both have ended up at another school in that conference. Handley will be headed to Northern Michigan, while Crandall will likely back-up Brady Hjelle at UMD for two years, and then compete with Mac Carruth for playing time after Hjelle is gone.

When you ask people about the struggles at Alaska-Anchorage, some will say that one of the big problems is the inability to get Alaska kids to play in their home state. Anchorage native Nathan Sinz, a defenseman who recently completed a post-graduate year at Shattuck-St. Mary's will suit up for Colgate next season. Another Alaska-native, William Rapuzzi, who moved to the Belle Tire Midget program outside of Detroit before playing for the Green Bay Gamblers, will go to Colorado College next season.

Teammates Paul Kirtland and Eric Kraft committed to Ohio State and Lake Superior respectively.

The Buckeyes have been busy, also landing Detroit Compuware '93 defenseman Peter Hand, and Ryan Dzingel from the Team Illinois program.

Sioux Falls goalie Clay Witt committed to Northeastern. Witt is originally from Florida, but played AAA hockey in the Boston area.

Duluth East defenseman Alex McLean committed to Air Force for 2010. McLean was overshadowed by big Duluth East defensemen Derek Forbort and Joe Arbour, but McLean has good size and moves very well.