Olivia Matson is off to a strong start to the women’s college hockey season.
Matson, a junior forward for Division III Aurora University, is leading her team with a dozen points through the first nine games of the season. Matson has three goals and nine assists. She also has 29 shots a plus-16 rating, which is also a team best. As an underclassman, Matson skated in 21 games during both her freshman and sophomore seasons. Last season Matson finished with two goals and five assists, with a plus-7 rating. Matson, who is from Wasilla, played for the Alaska All-Stars U19 team. She also played hockey and soccer at Wasilla High School.
Aurora is tied for first place Northern Collegiate Hockey Association with a 4-0 mark, and is 8-1-0 overall.
Matson’s older sister is also playing college hockey. Cheyenne Matson is a senior at Buffalo State in Buffalo, New York. Matson has a goal and an assist from the blue line in nine games this season for the Division III program. During her first three seasons with the Bengals, Matson collected six goals and 17 assists in 73 games. As a junior Matson was named second-team All-Northeast Women’s Hockey League. Matson also skated for the Alaska All-Stars U19 team before joining Buffalo State.
The Bengals are 1-8-0 overall and 1-5-0 in the NEWHL.
The Matson sisters are among at least four Wasilla area products skating at the college women’s hockey level. Ally Hull is a junior at Concordia-Wisconsin. She is scoreless in eight games. As an underclassman, Hull skated in 51 games. She finished with a goal and six assists as a sophomore, and three goals and three assists as a freshman. Concordia is in third place of the NCHL with a 2-1-0 mark.
Hull was a member of the Alaska All-Stars U19 team.
Kaylee Merrill is a freshman at Potsdam in Potsdam, New York. Merrill is third on her team with three goals, and has four total points in eight games. She also has 17 shots and a plus-1 rating. Merrill skated for the Anchorage North Stars prior to joining Potsdam.
Valley Grown is a regular feature highlighting the work of Valley athletes at the next level.
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