ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The Alaska Aces have signed rookie goaltender Alex Petizian and defenseman Alan Mazur to one-year contracts for the 2010-11 season.
The 23-year-old Petizian went 45-29-10 in four years at St. Lawrence University (where former Aces goaltender Derek Gustafson also shined), establishing an all-time school record with a career 2.53 goals against average and a .913 save percentage. He stopped 26 of 30 shots in his professional debut for the American Hockey League’s Rochester Americans last April 10 in a 5-2 loss to Syracuse. Petizian’s best years at St. Lawrence came in his freshman and junior seasons, when he racked up 36 wins against just 18 losses.
Mazur, a 6-1, 185-pounder who spent three years playing junior-A hockey in the BCHL before enrolling at RIT, arrives in Anchorage having helped the Tigers reach the NCAA Frozen Four last spring in just their fifth season at the Division I level. For the second consecutive year, Mazur scored eight goals and 15 assists with 67 penalty minutes in 39 games as RIT stunned top-seeded Denver and the University of New Hampshire to reach the national semi-finals before losing to Wisconsin. Mazur, who turns 25 next month, left RIT as the school’s all-time leader among defensemen with 27 goals, 22 of which came on the power play. He ranks third all-time on the school’s Division I scoring chart with 99 points (27g-72a) in 137 career games for the Tigers.