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October 21, 2014

High School Football picks | Section quarterfinal edition

FELDY: Phersy gained another game on me last week. I'm pretty sure he cheated, but I'll take my lumps and move on. It should come as no shock that the 9-man games did me in. Phersy knew that would happen, which is why he made me pick three of them. I'm contemplating not putting any 9-man games on the list this week. We'll see. We'll see. 

I went 5-2 last week and am 37-12 this season. Phersy went 6-1 to improve to 35-14. We're down to just a couple weeks left, so he needs to gain some ground. Let's see if he can do it in the section quarterfinals. I say no, he won't.

This round's games to pick, lots of 4s vs. 5s:

SECTION 1AAAAA

No. 5 John Marshall (4-4) at No. 4 Century (4-4)

SECTION 1AAAA

No. 5 Winona (1-7) at No. 4 Red Wing (2-6)

SECTION 1AAA

No. 5 Jordan (5-3) at No. 4 Lake City (4-4)

SECTION 1AA

No. 5 Dover-Eyota (3-5) at No. 4 Chatfield (4-4)

SECTION 2AA

No. 5 G-F-W (2-6) at No. 4 Zumbrota-Mazeppa (3-5)

SECTION 1A

No. 5 Southland (5-3) at No. 4 Faribault B.A. (6-2)

SECTION 1 9-MAN

No. 5 Houston (3-5) at No. 4 Lanesboro (4-4)

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PHERSY: Feldy might not say it, but he's worried. This would be the choke of all chokes. He's very frightened for this week's picks, as he should be. It won't be long until Team Phersy charges into the lead...

SECTION 1AAAAA

No. 5 John Marshall 34, No. 4 Century 27: Rockets riding high after huge win over West. If they let up, they'll lose. But my guess is they're getting hot at the right time.

SECTION 1AAAA

No. 4 Red Wing 21, No. 5 Winona 0: You know it's a brutal section when the Wingers are hosting a first-

SECTION 1AAA

No. 4 Lake City 14, No. 5 Jordan 7: The Tigers' defense will carry them to a win. Jordan hasn't played the same competition, and that'll pay off at home for LC.

SECTION 1AA

No. 4 Chatfield 21, No. 5 Dover-Eyota 14: It's not going to be easy for Chatfield, and the Gophers aren't playing great. But it's playoff time...they'll dig deep and move on.

SECTION 2AA

No. 4 Zumbrota-Mazeppa 12, No. 5 G-F-W 0: These teams struggled to score points all season. Cougars faced tougher competition and they're on their home field...

SECTION 1A

No. 5 Southland 21, No. 4 Faribault B.A. 20: Upset central? Sure. FBA lost big when it faced good opponents, beat up on lesser foes. Rebels enter with confidence and pull the upset.

SECTION 1 9-MAN

No. 4 Lanesboro 35, No. 5 Houston 14: This was a shutout win for Lanesboro the first time around. Houston scores, but I don't see an upset happening.

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FELDY: I'll admit it. I'm worried. Worried about Phersy breaking down and bawling in the office when I win this thing for -- what? -- like the third year in a row. Let's get on with the picks.

SECTION 1AAAAA

No. 4 Century 27, No. 5 JM 25: This is more about what I saw from Century last week than it is a knock on JM. The Rockets are (obviously) playing quite well and coming off an emotional high. But Century moved the ball effectively against Mayo last week, but shot itself in the foot with turnovers and penalties. The Panthers need to clean those things up, or they won't move on. I trust they'll clean that stuff up tonight.

SECTION 1AAAA

No. 4 Red Wing 18, No. 5 Winona 6: Won't be pretty, but the Wingers advance to play Stewartville on Saturday.

SECTION 1AAA

No. 5 Jordan 24, No. 4 Lake City 20: Lake City had played very well in a loss to Stewartville and a victory against Kasson-Mantorville. Then the Tigers lost by 29 to Lourdes (no shame in that; it's happened to most everyone this year) and lost to Cannon Falls last Wednesday. The Tigers will play better tonight, but I'll take the Hubmen on a late score.

SECTION 1AA

No. 4 Chatfield 20, No. 5 Dover-Eyota 13: I agree with Phersy. Chatfield isn't playing well, but it has some veteran players who know what it takes to win in the postseason. D-E will put up a good fight, but the Gophs win on their home turf.

SECTION 2AA

No. 4 Z-M 14, No. 5 G-F-W 11: Cougars get the home-field advantage and move on to the section semis.

SECTION 1A

No. 5 Southland 28, No. 4 Faribault B.A. 18: COME ON, PHERSY! This was gonna be my (mild) upset special! Southland's three losses came to Caledonia, Goodhue and Rushford-Peterson. If you're gonna lose three games, there's no shame in those losses. The Rebels are riding high after knocking off defending Class AA state champ Chatfield.

SECTION 1 9-MAN

No. 4 Lanesboro 63, No. 5 Houston 48: I can't pick 9-man games, so why not expect a fan-pleasing shootout? Gimme the Burros by a bunch. Eeeee-awwww! (Sorry, I really do think the Burros need that sound effect at their home games, to play after they get first downs. That'd be awesome. Someone get me a video if they do that?)

October 17, 2014

PHERSY AND FATIS SHOW: Gone pink edition

PHERSY: Welcome back to the latest edition of the Phersy and Fatis show. I sat down with the Rochester Ice Hawks front man this week to talk about last weekend's games and the two-game slate in front of them this weekend.

Saturday night is Pink the Rink night at the Rochester Recreaction Center. Last year more than 2,200 fans attended the special game, and this year even more are expected. So, make sure to get to the Rec Center early! Puck drops at 7:05 Saturday (vs. Ironwood Fighting Yoopers).

Sunday night the Ice Hawks (8-0) are on the road at the Steele County Blades in Owatonna.

Enjoy the show!

PhersyAndFatisShow101714

 

October 14, 2014

Feldy and Phersy's High School Football Picks | Week 8

PHERSY: For the first time since Week One, Phersy gained ground in the standings! Feldy, don't look now ... objects in your rear-view mirror...

So last week I went 5-2, and Feldy was 3-4. That leaves me at 29-13, while Feldy is 32-10. Still lots of ground to make up, and a comeback is unlikely, but I'll go for broke this week, I'm sure.

BIG NINE CONFERENCE

Austin (3-4) at Mankato East (3-4).

Century (4-3) at Mayo (4-3)

SFA BLUE

Caledonia (7-0) at Goodhue (6-1)

SFA RED

Kasson-Mantorville (4-3) at Plainview-Elgin-Millville (4-3)

SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE

Randolph (6-1) at Spring Grove (6-1)

Lyle/Pacelli (1-6) at LeRoy-Ostrander (1-6)

Lanesboro (4-3) at Mabel-Canton (4-3)

• • • • •

FELDY: After a putrid week last week, no more shooting for upsets this week. I'll take Phersy's approach from last week. Not much for comments, just get down to business. Also, I'm calling Shenanigans about having to pick three 9-man games. You know I can't get those right to save my life...

BIG NINE

Mankato East 35, Austin 27: East is playing well and actually has a .500 season in its sights.

Mayo 28, Century 24: Mayo needs to put last week's game against Mankato West behind it as quickly as possible.

SFA BLUE

Caledonia 30, Goodhue 20: Goodhue is playing very well, but Caledonia is, well ... Caledonia.

SFA RED

P-E-M 26, K-M 23: This is a toss-up to me. Take the 'Dogs at home.

SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE

Spring Grove 37, Randolph 20: Lions want some momentum heading into the playoffs. They'll get it with a good win in the regular season finale.

LeRoy-Ostrander 16, Lyle/Pacelli 13: Gimme the Cards at home, picking up W No. 2 of this season.

Lanesboro 32, Mabel-Canton 24: Taking the Burros with a late score to win on the road. Eeeee-awww! (Is that the sound a Burro makes? I'd like to think so. That would be a cool sound effect at Burros games.)

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PHERSY: Let's see if I can make up some more ground and pass Feldy in the playoffs...

BIG NINE CONFERENCE

Austin 35, Mankato East 28: Brandon Edgar needs less than 100 yards to reach 1,000. While East is playing very well lately, Edgar is going to lead this team to a huge win.

Mayo 21, Century 19: I'd be stunned if this game wasn't close. We'll know a lot about both teams after this tilt. Michalak with another big game to carry the Spartans, though.

SFA BLUE

Caledonia 27, Goodhue 18: Great game, and the Wildcats proved they're for real last week. But Caledonia is on its way to another state title. Heck, maybe Goodhue is too.

SFA RED

Kasson-Mantorville 21, Plainview-Elgin-Millville 14: The KoMets finish the season on a high note. They're getting healthy and that makes them dangerous.

SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE

Spring Grove 41, Randolph 21: Won't be as close as some may think.

LeRoy-Ostrander 59, Lyle/Pacelli 40: Bunne power. Plus the L-O offensive coordinator is a genius.

Mabel-Canton 40, Lanesboro 35: This is a great game. A true toss-up. I'll go with the home team.

October 13, 2014

Random hockey notes, updates

Posted by: Feldman

Lots of former area hockey standouts are already into their junior, college or pro seasons. And a handful of high school players from the area are nearly finished with their Upper Midwest Elite League regular season.

I'm still in the process of compiling The List, the annual chart I put together of former area players who have moved on to junior/college/pro hockey. I'll post that as soon as I complete it.

For now, here are a few random updates on former area players who have moved on. If you don't see your favorite player's name listed here today, don't panic. There's lots of season left and I'm sure I'll get to him/her as the season progresses.

• Let's start in the UMEL, where three Rochester players have performed well for Team Northeast (I guess it makes sense that they're randomly placed on Team Metro Northeast, eh?). Anyhow, a pair of defensemen have played well for the 9-7-2 Team NE. Rochester Lourdes senior defenseman Griff Slightam has 4 goals and 4 assists, for 8 points, in 18 games, while Century senior defenseman Riese Zmolek has 2-4—6 through 17 games this fall.

Lourdes senior goalie Jack Burkel is also on Team NE. He has split time equally with Matt Snow of St. Thomas Academy. Burkel is 6-4-0 with a 3.92 goals-against average and an .873 save percentage.

Team Northeast has turned up its play in the second half of the regular season. After a 3-7-1 start, it is 6-0-1 in its past seven games, including two victories over the weekend by a combined score of 15-3. Team NE beat Team Wisconsin 7-2 on Saturday, then rolled to an 8-1 win against Team Great Plains on Sunday.

There are three regular-season games remaining for Team NE — Tuesday vs. Team Southeast at New Hope, then Saturday and Sunday, against Team Great Plains and Team North, at Mars Lakeview Arena in Duluth.

• A couple of former Austin Bruins players made their NCAA Division I college debuts over the weekend.

Forward C.J. Smith started at left wing on the second line for the UMass-Lowell RiverHawks. Smith assisted on Michael Louria's game-winning goal in UML's 5-2 victory against No. 4-ranked Boston College. (Louria, by the way, played last season for one of the Bruins' divisional rivals, the Minot (N.D.) Minotauros).

Another ex-Bruin, forward Johnny Simonson, played his first college game on Saturday for his hometown team, North Dakota, as it won at at Bemidji State, 2-1. Simonson didn't have a point, but did register one shot on goal while centering UND's fourth line.

Former Bruin A.J. Reid, now a sophomore at Air Force Academy, had a pair of power-play goals on Friday, including the game-winner in the second period, as the Falcons beat Mercyhurst 5-1.

Forward Trey Dodd, who has had two stints with the Bruins, scored his first goal for Dubuque of the USHL on Saturday night in a 5-2 victory against Sioux City. Dodd spent all of 2013-14 with the Bruins, putting up 18 points in 45 games. He was picked by the Fargo Force in Round 3 of the USHL Draft last summer, but returned to the Bruins after the Force let him go. Dodd played in games at Minot and Bismarck on Sept. 26 and 27, then was acquired by Dubuque in a trade for "future considerations."

• Rochester Mayo senior Logan Haskins has seven points in seven games for the unbeaten Rochester Ice Hawks. Haskins and Mayo teammate Dylan Boysen will play with the Ice Hawks until their high school season begins next month, and will likely re-join the Hawks after the high school season ends. Former Rochester John Marshall standout forward Nick Paulson leads the Ice Hawks in scoring with 19 points through eight games.

October 10, 2014

High School Football picks | Week 7

FELDY: After last week, I think Phesy is waving the white flag. He is French, after all (he's not, and no offense meant to our readers in France). Let's get going with Week 7 games. I went 6-1 last week to improve to 35-7. Phersy went 4-3, in his defense, trying to make up some ground, but now sits at 28-14. Maybe he better go all 7 different than me over the next couple weeks.

This week's games:

BIG NINE CONFERENCE

* Rochester John Marshall (3-3) at Owatonna (4-2)
* Northfield (5-1) at Rochester Century (4-2)

SFA RED DIVISION

* Lourdes (6-0) at Lake City (4-2)

SFA WHITE DIVISION

* Triton (5-1) at Lewiston-Altura (4-2)
* Dover-Eyota (2-4) at Zumbrota-Mazeppa (2-4)

SFA BLUE DIVISION

* Goodhue (5-1) at Chatfield (4-2)

SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE

* Spring Grove (5-1) at Lanesboro (4-2)

* * * * *

PHERSY: I stink anyway, so no research, no wise thoughts, just picks...

BIG NINE CONFERENCE

* Rochester John Marshall 21, Owatonna 14: Rockets need this win badly.
* Northfield 37, Rochester Century 21: Northfield is the second-best team in the conference.

SFA RED DIVISION

* Lourdes 35, Lake City 34: Closer than most think, but Eagles still win a big one on the road.

SFA WHITE DIVISION

* Triton 27, Lewiston-Altura 20: Good game, Cobras steal a road W.
* Dover-Eyota 20, Zumbrota-Mazeppa 12: Sticking with the road theme.

SFA BLUE DIVISION

* Chatfield 29, Goodhue 2: I don't usually bet against the Wildcats, but when I do, it's against a good wrestling school.

SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE

* Spring Grove 41, Lanesboro 34: Nine-man ... who knows.

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FELDY: This can never be easy, so I'm sure I'll lose 3-4 games this week, even if I pick the same as Phersy.

BIG NINE

* JM 31, Owatonna 20: JM's a better team than its 3-3 record shows. Think about it: This team is 4 points away from being 5-1, if it flips 1-point losses to Mayo and Northfield.

* Century 33, Northfield 31: Call it an upset if you want. Northfield is a good football team, but so is Century, and Century has flown under the radar all year, even after beating JM. Time for the Panthers to stand up and be recognized.

SFA RED

* Lourdes 38, Lake City 28: I agree with Phersy, Lake City will keep this one close and it'll be one of the best 4-3 teams in the state afterward.

SFA WHITE

* L-A 24, Triton 20: The Cards are ticked after their first division loss last week and they bounce back with a quality victory against the snakes.

* D-E 24, Z-M 10: The Cougars have really struggled to score this year. That continues this week, and D-E gets its third win of the season.

SFA BLUE

* Chatfield 28, Goodhue 17: What a brutal way for Goodhue to end its season: at Chatfield, then home for Caledonia. Chatfield has lost twice this year and won't let it happen again in the regular season

SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE

* Spring Grove 63, Lanesboro 56: As Phersy said, we have no clue how to pick 9-man games. That's a credit to those teams in a balanced SEC, who believe they can win on any given week. Spring Grove put up 98 last week against G-E, so I'll take them to win this week in a defensive battle.

October 03, 2014

Feldy and Phersy's High School Football Picks | Week 6

PHERSY: Feldy took advantage of me last week ... not like that! Get your minds out of the gutter! No, I put my picks in before learning K-W was ravaged by injuries. Feldy pounced and lengthened his lead. It's getting embarrassing now. I guess I will continue to press ... you know, if you're not first, you're last!

Standings: Feldy 29-6; Phersy 24-11.

BIG NINE CONFERENCE

Austin (1-4) at Red Wing (1-4)

Mayo (3-2) at Owatonna (4-1)

SFA RED

Lourdes (5-0) at Stewartville (5-0)

Lake City (3-2) at Kasson-Mantorville (3-2)

SFA WHITE

Zumbrota-Mazeppa (1-4) at Kenyon-Wanamingo (1-4)

Lewiston-Altura (4-1) at Pine Island (4-1)

SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE

Randolph (5-0) at Grand Meadow (5-0)

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FELDY: So many good games this week. Could probably flip a coin on all of 'em. What football fan wouldn't want to be in Stewartville tonight? It's 12:27 as I write this and I'm guessing you probably needed to get there about six hours ago to get a decent seat. Here we go, I'm guessing me and Phersy will have lots of opposite selections this week:

BIG NINE CONFERENCE

Austin 30, Red Wing 22: The Packers have to bounce back at some point, right? Right?

Mayo 34, Owatonna 31: I think Mayo figured out at the end of last week's game that it has to throw the ball to win, and it has to protect QB Jay Alston in order to throw the ball. The Spartans are in a tough stretch of schedule and they need a 'W' to get back on track after two losses. This is where senior leadership becomes very valuable, and the Spartans have a lot of it.

SFA RED

Lourdes 33, Stewartville 30 (OT): I've gone back and forth on this one about three dozen times. I'll take the Eagles' offense to slightly outscore the Tigers.

Lake City 27, Kasson-Mantorville 20: Lake City stayed within one score of a powerful Stewartville team last week. Its only other loss was to state-ranked P-E-M.

SFA WHITE

Zumbrota-Mazeppa 19, Kenyon-Wanamingo 16: Both teams have struggled to score points in recent weeks, and something has to give here. I'll take the Cougars on the road.

Lewiston-Altura 35, Pine Island 27: No team has come within 19 of L-A since its season-opening loss to Lourdes, but P.I. is the toughest opponent L-A has faced since Week 1.

SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE

Grand Meadow 26, Randolph 21: Can't go against the No. 1 team in the state on its home field, even against the No. 2 team in the state. The Larks haven't allowed more than 18 points in a game all season, and have given up a total of 24 over the past three weeks. 

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PHERSY: As much as I wanted to pick every game differently this week, Feldy made that impossible for me ... he's a clown:

BIG NINE CONFERENCE

Austin 21, Red Wing 13: Austin was better last week, though still far from good. I like Brandon Edgar to get 20-plus carries and that'll be enough to win in my old stomping grounds.

Owatonna 29, Mayo 19: This weather favors Owatonna, IMO.

SFA RED

Lourdes 21, Stewartville 7: I wanted to take the Tigers, but this weather is terrible for a passing team. Not to mention, I'd be run out of town if I picked against the Eagles again.

Kasson-Mantorville 20, Lake City 13: K-M back on track? Must play well to beat a solid Lake City team.

SFA WHITE

Kenyon-Wanamingo 7, Zumbrota-Mazeppa 6: Big rivalry ... I'll take the Knights at home.

Pine Island 18, Lewiston-Altura 13: Great game. PI controls game with its running and wins a tight one.

SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE

Grand Meadow 46, Randolph 12: Not going to be close...Jacobson will top 200 yards and four tuddies.

October 02, 2014

PHERSY AND FATIS SHOW: Undefeated edition

PHERSY: Welcome back to the Phersy and Fatis Show. Coach and I break down last weekend's win over the Crusaders, talk about this week's practice and then look ahead at Saturday's showdown against the undefeated Dells Ducks.

The Ducks hit Rochester at 7:05 p.m. Saturday for the big-time tilt at the Rochester Recreation Center. It's duck-hunting season!

Enjoy the show!

PhersyAndFatisOctDucks

 

September 26, 2014

Feldy and Phersy's High School Football picks | Week 5

FELDY: Last week wasn't a very shining moment for either of us, Phersy, but especially you. We both were way off the mark on Austin against Faribault and we both thought JM would win a competitive game against Century. Turns out, Century had no inkling of letting it be close. I went 5-2 and am 23-5; Phersy went 3-4 and is now 20-8. Let's put last week in the past and move on to this week's games:

BIG NINE CONFERENCE

* Rochester Mayo (3-1) at Faribault (2-2)

SFA RED

* Plainview-Elgin-Millville (3-1) at Rochester Lourdes (4-0)

* Stewartville (4-0) at Lake City (3-1)

SFA BLUE

* Caledonia (5-0) at Chatfield (3-1)

SFA WHITE

* Kenyon-Wanamingo (1-3) at Dover-Eyota (1-3)

SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE

* Grand Meadow (4-0) at Lanesboro (3-1)

* Spring Grove (3-1) at Mabel-Canton (3-2)

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PHERSY: Feldy, after another awful week, I need to try something new. So I'm gonna rip through these picks, no research, just first team that comes to mind...I have to break this slump!

BIG NINE CONFERENCE

* Rochester Mayo 28, Faribault 14: Spartans get back on track.

SFA RED

* Plainview-Elgin-Millville 27, Rochester Lourdes 26: Going with road warriors this week?

* Stewartville 47, Lake City 22: Lake City is solid, but Stewartville is elite.

SFA BLUE

* Caledonia 24, Chatfield 7: Caledonia is balanced and the Warriors will be back on top again this year.

SFA WHITE

* Kenyon-Wanamingo 25, Dover-Eyota 21: All road teams, all night long.

SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE

* Grand Meadow 33, Lanesboro 21: Best team in the state takes this one.

* Spring Grove 35, Mabel-Canton 28: This should be a good one!

* * * * *

FELDY: Let's see if I can put some more separation between me and Phersy...

BIG NINE

Mayo 33, Faribault 21: If the Spartans are the team they expected to be at the start of the season, and the team they still believe they can be, they come out and take it to the Falcons in Faribault.

SFA RED

Lourdes 28, PEM 24: I like Phersy's pick here, but coach Kesler won't let Lourdes relax with its No. 1 ranking. The Eagles will have a big bullseye on their backs (as if they already didn't) the rest of the way.

Stewartville 38, Lake City 21: No one has been able to slow Stewie's offense yet. As well as Lake City has played, Stewartville is as tough a test as they'll face all year.

SFA BLUE

Caledonia 34, Chatfield 19: Caledonia has had this game marked on its calendar for almost a year. 

SFA WHITE

Dover-Eyota 20, Kenyon-Wanamingo 17: I don't think I've picked a K-W game correctly all season. Maybe I'll start this week.

SOUTHEAST

Grand Meadow 36, Lanesboro 23: Sticking with the defending state champion Larks.

Spring Grove 22, Mabel-Canton 20: I'll take the Lions with a late score to win on the road.

September 19, 2014

Feldy and Phersy's High School Football Picks | Week 4

PHERSY: Well, that was an ugly week for me. I went 4-3, and Feldy went 6-1 ... so, now Feldy leads in the standings ... Feldy is 18-3 and I'm 17-4. The good news is, please remember to ask Feldy who correctly picked the winner of last weekend's PGA Tour Championship.

Let's play some football!

BIG NINE CONFERENCE

Austin (1-2) at Faribault (1-2)

Mankato West (3-0) at Owatonna (3-0)

John Marshall (2-1) at Century (2-1)

SFA RED

Stewartville (3-0) at P-E-M (3-0)

Byron (1-2) at Kasson-Mantorville (1-2)

SFA BLUE

Rushford-Peterson (3-1) at Goodhue (3-0)

SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE

Lanesboro (2-1) at Houston (2-2)

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FELDY: Let's get right to it ...

BIG NINE

Austin 34, Faribault 21: The Packers' defense will be better this week. Their offense will keep clicking along.

Mankato West 40, Owatonna 20: West is the No. 1-ranked team in the state for a reason. Its offense is all but impossible to slow down. We'll get to see if this inexperienced Owatonna team is for real.

John Marshall 33, Century 23: Century won't make things easy on its crosstown rival, but JM is a team that keeps improving each week and will again this week.

SFA RED

Stewartville 38, PEM 24: The Bulldogs are no slouches, ranked No. 3 in the state Class AAA poll, but Stewie has been more unstoppable than its No. 7 ranking in Class AAAA indicates.

Kasson-Mantorville 28, Byron 21: Both of these teams need a good confidence boost. K-M will get it with a win, but Byron will take it down to the wire.

SFA BLUE

Rushford-Peterson 31, Goodhue 21: Goodhue's 'D' has been impressive the past two weeks, but I think R-P has too much for the Wildcats this week. R-P's only loss came by one point to Caledonia, which might be the best team in Class AA.

SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE

Lanesboro 18, Houston 15: every time I pick these 9-man games to go into the 40s for scoring, the defenses rise up. I've learned my lesson. I'll take the Burros in a close one.

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PHERSY: Those picks were brutal Feldy. And by brutal, I mean, they're exactly what I was thinking. But, you know that's not how I roll, so...

BIG NINE

Austin 42, Faribault 36: Austin's defense is young and it still scares me. The line must play better, too. But, I'll stick with Big Red ... with Brandon Edgar having a monster game to lead the way.

Mankato West 42, Owatonna 21: West is the real deal, and I'm not certain Owatonna is legit. We'll find out tonight. I do know Owatonna has the best player in the conference in the middle of that line...I don't care what anyone else says.

John Marshall 17, Century 16: Rivalry game ... that means it'll be closer than expected. JM too talented to let this one slip away. But Century will slow it down and keep it close and have a chance to win at the end.

SFA RED

Stewartville 35, PEM 21: Stewartville has stars all over the field. PEM is a bit more balanced, but the Tigers are legit and they'll get the W in a close game.

Byron 7, Kasson-Mantorville 6: KoMets are going to struggle as they try to find their identity. This will be a nasty rivalry game.

SFA BLUE

Goodhue 14, Rushford-Peterson 12: G-Force!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE

Lanesboro 38, Houston 22: Let's go Buros. My first thought is to pick the opposite of Feldy on all Nine-Man games. But this week I have to stick with Lanesboro in a war of attrition.

September 12, 2014

BLOG: Junior Hockey | Introducing the 2014-15 theaustinbruins

Posted by: Feldman

The Austin Bruins get their season going tonight at Riverside Arena with an exhibition game against the Minnesota Magicians. The Bs will play at Richfield tomorrow night against the Magicians. Both games are set to start at 7:05 p.m.; admission in Richfield on Saturday is just $5, if you're interested in making the trek north. Tickets for tonight's game at Riverside, I believe are $11 for adults and $8 for seniors/students. I've also read that you can get $4 off your ticket for tonight's game if you purchase them at several locations around Austin, including Jim's Marketplace, Holiday Inn, Hy-Vee and Games People Play.

The Bruins will use these two games to get their first look at about 16 new faces. It'll be a good opportunity for coaches Chris Tok and Jamie Huffman to work on line combinations, defensive pairings and get a look at the team's two new goalies. I know Zach Driscoll received a lot of hype when the team drafted him in Round 1 of the NAHL Draft back in June, but don't be surprised if Jake Kielly pushes Driscoll hard for that starting job.

Bruins fans will have to have patience, even moreso than a year ago. Last year, they had veteran goalie Nick Lehr (now at the U of Minnesota) to lean on, as well as about 10 returning players who knew what the coaching staff expects. This season, the roster is 75-80 percent new to the Bruins, including both goalies. This isn't the team that beat Topeka on the road to advance to the Robertson Cup Finals. There are plenty of reasons to think the Bs can duplicate that postseason run this year, but it's going to take time and -- again -- patience. 

Here's an introduction to each of the 2014-15 Bruins, as they prepare for their exhibition games this weekend, then next week's North American Hockey League Showcase in Blaine: 

GOALIES

1 -- Jake Kielly, 6-3, 190 (Age 18, 9-10-96; Eden Prairie): Played in 24 games last season for the Victory Honda U18 team in Plymouth Township, Mich., that plays in the Tier 1 Elite League. Had was 14-6-2, with one shutout, a 2.64 goals-against average and a .914 save percentage. ... Played in 15 games for Eden Prairie High School in 2012-13, with a 3.11 GAA and a .888 save pct.

30 -- Zach Driscoll, 5-10, 180 (Age 17, 2-5-97, Apple Valley): The St. Cloud State University commit is a high school senior. ... He played last year for Eastview High School in Apple Valley. ... Put up outstanding numbers for the Lightning as a junior. Went 19-7-0 with a 1.99 goals-against average and a .932 save percentage. ... Led his team to the Section 3AA semifinals. Made 35 saves in a 2-1 section semifinal loss to St. Thomas Academy. ... As a sophomore in 2012-13, went 16-6-1 and led Eastview to the Class AA state tournament, where it placed sixth. Had a 2.04 GAA and a .934 save pct. that season.  

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FORWARDS 

11 -- Luke Dietsch, 6-1, 200, R (Age 20, 3-6-94, St. Paul): Had 23-28--51 in 72 games for the Bruins last season. ... Averaged more than a point per game in the postseason, recording 7-8--15 in 14 playoff games. ... Split time between the NAHL's Jamestown Ironmen and the Dallas Ice Jets of the Western States Hockey League in 2012-13. ... Played three seasons at Cretin-Derham Hall High School, totaling 33-30--63 in 73 games. 

12 -- Josh Wilkins, 5-10, 170, L (Age 17, 6-11-97, Cary, N.C.): Was drafted by the Sioux City Musketeers of the USHL, after playing for the Raleigh Junior Hurricanes in North Carolina. ... Led the 16U Thunder (based in Huntsville, Ala.) in scoring with six points in three games at the Tier I 16U USA Hockey nationals last spring.

13 -- Trevor Boyd, 6-3, 200, L (Age 19, 12-19-94; Muskegon, Mich.): Started last season with the Bruins, scoring one goal and adding three assists in 14 games. ... Played the remainder of the season with the Soo Eagles (Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.), where he had five goals and eight assists in 34 games. ... Played for the Kalamazoo (Mich.) Jr. K-Wings in 2011-12 and 12-13. Played 95 games and totaled 28 points. 

15 -- JC MacLean, 6-2, 195, R (Age 17, 2-27-97; Basking Ridge, N.J.): Put up 31 points in 30 games for Delbarton Prep School in New Jersey in the 2012-13 season. ... Participated in the USA Hockey Select 17 Festival this past summer. ... Played in seven games last season for the New Jersey Rockets of the Eastern Hockey League. ... The son of former first round NHL Draft choice John MacLean, who played all or parts of 18 seasons in the NHL.

16 -- Jakob Kullberg, 5-9, 180, L (Age 20, 1-4-94; Kallered, Sweden): Played the past three seasons for Frolunda J20 of the SuperElit League, Sweden's highest level of junior hockey. ... Had three goals and six assists, as well as 22 penalty minutes, in 43 games, last year. ... Had 25 points in 104 games for the Frolunda J20 team between 2011-14. 

17 -- Alex Pettersson, 5-10, 190, L (Age 20, 5-2-94; Gothenburg, Sweden): Entering his second season with the Bruins. ... Played in 41 games last season, including 12 in the playoffs. Totaled four goals and 11 assists, for 15 points. ... Also had 115 penalty minutes. ... Had a goal and two assists in the Bruins' three-game victory at Topeka in the NAHL Robertson Cup semifinals last spring.

19 -- Nico Sturm, 6-3, 190, L (Age 19, 5-3-95; Augsburg, Germany): Had three points in 21 games for the NAHL's Corpus Christi IceRays last season. ... Played 57 games over the past two seasons for ESV Kaufbeuren U18, a member of the DNL (the German Development League). Totaled 67 points and 42 penalty minutes in those games.

20 -- Nate Bastian, 6-0, 185, L (Age 20, 5-19-94; Batavia, Ill.): The big forward is one of three Illinois natives on the Bruins roster, joining fellow Bruins rookie forward Luke Forfar and veteran defenseman Jake Arroyo. ... Had five goals and 13 points for New York Apple Core in the Eastern Hockey League last season. ... Spent the 2012-13 season with the Great Falls Americans of the American West Hockey League, which is now the Frontier Division of the NA3HL.

21 -- Luke Forfar, 5-11, 160, L (Age 17, 10-16-96; Darien, Ill.): Tendered with the Bruins last season, while playing for the Chicago Mission U18 team in the High Performance (Midgets) Hockey League. ... Had 13 goals and 23 points for Chicago in 27 games last season. ... Had 17 points in 31 games the previous season. ... Played for Team Illinois U16 Midget team in 2011-12 after a season with the Team Illinois Bantam AAA program. ... Older brother, Chris, played two seasons in the USHL, then had 39 points in four seasons at Michigan State University (2009-13).

23 -- Brian Bachnak, 6-1, 185, L (Age 19, 9-30-94; Brownstown, Mich.): The second-year Bruin is expected to be one of the team leaders this season, both verbally and with his play on the ice. ... Elevated his game big-time in the Bruins' run to the Robertson Cup Finals last spring. After recording 5 goals and 9 points in 48 regular season games, put up 4 goals and 7 points in 12 playoff games. ... Was Michigan's Mr. Hockey in 2013 after putting up 97 points in 28 games for Riverview High. ... Played 15 games for Toledo (Ohio) of the NA3HL in 2011-12, recording 3 goals and 3 assists.

24 -- Patrick Lauderdale, 5-11, 178, R (Age 18, 1-11-96; Eden Prairie): A familiar face to fans of Minnesota Section 1 high school hockey. Lauderdale was the second-leading scorer (19-27--46) for a Lakeville South team that lost to Farmington in the Section 1AA semifinals. ... Lakeville South's third-leading scorer as a sophomore in 2011-12, when the Cougars finished third at the Class AA state tournament. Played on the same line as current University of Minnesota standout Justin Kloos. ... Scored the first goal of the Cougars' 2-1 victory against Moorhead in the state tournament third-place game.

25 -- Zach Kennedy, 6-1, 200, R (Age 18, 2-20-96; Eagle River, Wis.): Led Northland Pines High School in scoring last season with 29 goals and 18 assists for 47 points. ... Had a pair of 4-goal games last season. ... Had 4 goals and 2 assists as the Eagles took second place at the Kiwanis Festival in Rochester at Christmastime. ... Drafted in the 11th round of the NAHL Draft by the Bruins in early June.   

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DEFENSEMEN

2 -- Derek Olmschenk, 6-4, 225, R, (Age 19, 8-2-95, Lino Lakes): Finished a standout career at Cretin-Derham Hall last spring. ... Was the Suburban East Conference defenseman of the year as a senior. ... Had 8 goals and 18 assists, for 26 points, as C-DH went 17-7-3. ... Finished his high school career with 66 points. ... Will bring leadership to the Bruins; was a four-year letterwinner and two-year captain at Cretin.  

3 -- John Chorzempa, 6-0, 180, L (Age 18, 10-10-95, Andover): Played three seasons of varsity hockey at Andover High School. ... Had 4 goals and 14 assists as a senior, and totaled 28 points in 74 games in his high school career. 

4 -- Cory Dunn, 5-9, 150, R (Age 20, 1-24-94, Trenton, Mich.): The second-year Bruin is one three returning defensemen. ... Improved dramatically as the season went along, and played consistently on specialty teams late last season and in the postseason. ... Had one goal and 15 points in 45 regular-season games last year and added a goal and five assists in 14 playoff games. 

5 -- Hugo Gallet, 6-3, 205, L (Age 17, 6-20-97, Amiens, France): The second Bruins' player in as many seasons to come from France. Forward Guillaume Leclerc, a native of France, was one of the team's top scorers last year. ... Played for France in the World Junior Championship qualifying tournament. ... Split time between Amiens U18 and Amiens U22 teams last season, totaling 13 goals and 24 assists for 37 points in 33 games.  

9 -- Landen Letwin, 5-10, 180, L (Age 19, 2-2-95, Greenville, Wis.): Played 34 games for the NAHL's Corpus Christi IceRays last season, recording 26 penalty minutes. ... Spent 2012-13 season with the Milwaukee Admirals U18 team in the Tier I Elite League. Had three points and 10 penalty minutes. ... Had five goals, seven points and 40 penalty minutes for the Admirals U16 team in 2011-12, playing in the Tier I U16 Elite League.

28 -- Jake Arroyo, 5-11, 190, R (Age 20, 7-14-94; Bolingbrook, Ill.): Third-year Bruin has played in 125 career games for Austin, including 22 postseason games. ... Has career totals of 4-19--23 with the Bruins. ... Scored his first career playoff goal last spring. ... Has 162 career penalty minutes. ... Played the 2011-12 season with the Chicago Mission U18 team. Totaled 7 points and 20 penalty minutes in 26 games.