When you leave Alaska, you’re a long ways away, no matter where you go. So the return is that much more rewarding.

 

Eric Schierhorn is now home—if only for a few days.

 

The University of Minnesota sophomore goaltender and Anchorage native played a game in his home state for the first time since seventh grade. He recorded 14 saves, leading his 13th-ranked Golden Gophers to a 6-0 shutout victory over the University of Alaska Anchorage at the Sullivan Arena on Friday night.

 

“I guess I never thought I’d play in Alaska again, it’s been so long, I can’t believe I’m back.” he said.

 

Schierhorn had quite the arrive party as a freshman. He was named Big Ten goaltender of the year, all first teamer, and all-rookie team selection. But Minneapolis is still more than 3,000 miles away, so keeping connection with the people he’s closest with is how he stays tied to the area even while in the Lower 48.

 

“Honestly it’s all the family and friends, been away for so long, I still have a good group of childhood friends I went to school with, played sports with growing up, but I miss them,” he said. “And every time I come home, I love getting back in contact with them, and hanging out with them again.”

 

On Friday he enjoyed the best of both — playing in front of his hometown group while picking up the team’s first win of the season on its first try.

 

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