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November 19, 2015

PHERSY AND FATIS SHOW: Blizzard incoming edition

PHERSY: The Phersy and Fatis Show returns today as I sit down with Ice Hawks coach Nick Fatis to wrap up last weekend's split with the La Crosse Freeze. We also break down this weekend's home-and-away series against the Alexandria Blizzard.

The Ice Hawks are at home at 7:05 p.m. Friday and in Alexandria at 7:10 p.m. on Saturday.

Enjoy the show!

November 12, 2015

PIGSKIN PODCAST: Prep Bowl Edition

PHERSY: Time for the final Pigskin Podcast of the season! Feldy has officially lost the pick'em, by a large margin. Many people I must thank for my big victory ... you'll have to watch the show to hear my tear-jerking speech.

I'd say Feldy and I will probably take a week off from the podcast, and then we'll return with the audio version of the podcast ... more of a variety show, featuring area sports. We'll keep you posted.

Thanks to everyone who watched this season.

PHERSY AND FATIS SHOW: Back on track edition

PHERSY: After a week off, the show returns today as I sit down with Ice Hawks coach Nick Fatis to talk about last weekend's games and the games coming up this weekend. 

The Ice Hawks are on the road Friday and at home Saturday against the La Crosse Freeze.


October 29, 2015

PIGSKIN PODCAST: On location in Stewartville

PHERSY: Pigskin Podcast is back, and it's time for the state quarterfinals. Feldy and I drove south on Wednesday to record this episode in Stewartville.

Enjoy the show!

PHERSY AND FATIS SHOW: It's Breezy in here edition

PHERSY: Welcome back to the Phersy and Fatis Show. Once again I sit down with Ice Hawks coach Nick Fatis to chat about last weekend's game against North Iowa and to look ahead at this weekend's series against Breezy Point.

The Ice Hawks are home at 7:05 p.m. Friday and on the road Saturday night.

Enjoy the show!


October 22, 2015

PHERSY AND FATIS SHOW: Welcoming the champs edition

PHERSY: Welcome back to another edition of the Phersy and Fatis Show. I sat down today with Ice Hawks coach Nick Fatis to talk about last weekend's setback against the Minnesota Flying Aces and the upcoming game against the defending national champion North Iowa Bulls. That game is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Saturday at the Rochester Recreation Center.

Enjoy the show!


October 15, 2015


PHERSY: I sat down with Ice Hawks coach Nick Fatis today for the latest edition of the Phersy and Fatis Show.

The Ice Hawks are coming off their first NA3HL sweep, taking three from Chicago over the weekend. They return HOME at 7:05 p.m. Saturday against the Minnesota Flying Aces. And the game will be at the newly renovated Rochester Recreation Center! Get pumped!

Enjoy the show.


October 13, 2015

PIGSKIN PODCAST: Section quarterfinals edition

PHERSY: The new Pigskin Podcast is out! This week we are very focused on high school football, including breaking down section quarterfinal matchups, offering up our players of the week and making our HS football picks (ask Feldy who's leading). 

Enjoy the show!


October 09, 2015

Bear Tracks | A Robby Cup rematch

Posted by: Feldman

Feels like yesterday we were sitting in Riverside Arena in Austin, watching the longest game in North American Hockey League history. But that 4-overtime marathon in Game 1 of last year's Robertson Cup Finals doesn't mean much to a majority of the players who will be on the Riverside ice tonight.

For the first time since the Minnesota Wilderness swept the Austin Bruins in the best-of-3 2015 Robertson Cup Finals, the teams will meet, at 7:05 tonight in Austin and 7:30 p.m. tomorrow in Cloquet. 

So much is new on both sides: The entire coaching staff and all but four players for Austin weren't around back in May for the team's second consecutive appearance in the Finals. The Wilderness have a slight edge in returning players, with six guys back who were on their Robby Cup roster, and, of course, head coach Corey Millen is also back.

One thing hasn't changed for Austin under first-year head coach Kyle Grabowski and assistants Keenan Kelly and Brad Clayton: The Bs enter this series in a tie for first place in the NAHL Central Division. Austin (5-3-0, 10 points) is tied with Minot (4-1-2, 10 points) after the Bruins swept a home-and-home against division rival Brookings last weekend.

The Wilderness are 4-3-1 overall, but 4-1-1 since dropping their first two games of the season. 

Here's a look at this weekend's series:


When, where: 7:05 p.m. tonight, Riverside Arena, Austin; 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Northwoods Credit Union Arena, Cloquet

Records: Wilderness 4-3-1 (9 points; 3rd, Midwest Division); Austin 5-3-0 (10 points; T-1st, Central Division)

Recent history: This weekend's games are the first two of four between the teams this season. They'll play again at Austin on Dec. 18 and at Cloquet on Jan. 7. ... The Wilderness swept the Bruins, 2-0, in the NAHL Robertson Cup Finals last season. The Wilderness were 5-2-3 against the Bruins in 2014-15; Austin was 5-4-1.

Coaches: Wilderness, Corey Millen (3rd season, 92-37-16 overall); Austin, Kyle Grabowski (1st season, 5-3-0).

Wilderness scoring leaders: F Jacob Hamacher, 5-7, 156 (2-5--7); F Tyler Cline, 5-9, 180 (2-5--7); F Koby Bender, 6-1, 196 (4-2--6); D Tyler Vold, 5-10, 167 (1-5--6).

Wilderness goalie leaders: Chase Munroe, 6-4, 216 (4-1-1, 2.00, .921); Dyllan Lubbesmeyer 5-11, 177 (0-2-0, 4.62, .809).

Bruins scoring leaders: F Jade Miller, 5-9, 180 (7-3--10); F Justin Misiak, 5-10, 170 (3-6--9); F Gilbert Gabor, 6-4, 220 (1-7--8); F Dawson DiPietro, 5-11, 170 (3-3--6).

Bruins goalie leaders: Kris Carlson, 6-2, 180 (3-1-0, 2.50, .919); Austin Smith, 6-2, 170 (2-1-0, 2.01, .909, 1 SO).

Weekend notes: Bruins goalie Kris Carlson is the reigning NAHL Central Division Star of the Week. He started and played all of both games against Brookings, stopping a total of 51 of 55 shots he faced. He made 24 saves in a 4-1 win Friday, then followed with 27 saves in a 6-3 win on Saturday in the Bs home opener. ... Bruins forward Dawson DiPietro had a goal in both games last weekend, including the game winner on Friday, and has five points in his past three games. ... Bs defenseman Will Riedell recorded his first multi-point game with Austin, notching two assists in Saturday's win. ... F Justin Misiak is second on the team in scoring, with nine points. He had a goal and two assists in Saturday's victory. ... Wilderness goalie Chase Munroe hasn't allowed more than two goals in any of his last six appearances. ... Forwards Koby Bender (4-2--6) and Ryan Bloom (4-1--5) are the only Wilderness players with more than two goals this season.  Thirteen players have scored at least once for Minnesota.



TEAM ... W-L-OTL ... Pts.
Austin ... 5-3-0 ... 10
Minot ... 4-1-2 ... 10
Aberdeen ... 4-2-0 ... 8
Brookings ... 4-4-0 ... 8
Bismarck ... 2-5-0 ... 4
Mn Magicians ... 2-4-0 ... 4



Every week, we'll spotlight a former Bruin or Bruins who have gone on to play at the college or pro level. This week's Blast is:

CODY DIXON, D, 2012-13

With the Bs: Dixon was traded to the Bruins early in the 2012-13 season from the Springfield Jr. Blues and he became Austin's top offensive defensman. Dixon finished his season with 16-28--44 in 64 total NAHL games, including six games with Springfield and eight playoff games with the Bs.

Where is he now?: The Hales Corner, Wis., native turned 23 on Sept. 30. He spent the 2013-14 season with NCAA Division III University of Massachusetts-Boston, where scored five goals and had eight total points. He transferred closer to home last season, to Concorida University-Wisconsin, also a D-3 school. CUW is in Mequon, a northern suburb of Milwaukee. He played in 25 games for CUW last season and recorded 14 points, the fifth-most by a defenseman in team history. He'll be a junior for the Falcons this winter and wears No. 63.

October 08, 2015


PHERSY: Hey yo ... we are back at it. I caught up with Rochester Ice Hawks head coach Nick Fatis this week for our first Phersy and Fatis Show of the 2015-16 season. It's the Ice Hawks' first season in the NA3HL ... they haven't found success in the win column yet, but Fatis said this young team already is making tremendous strides in the right direction.

The Ice Hawks hit the road this weekend for a three-game set at Chicago. They return home next weekend ... and hopefully that game will be at the newly renovated Rochester Recreation Center.

We are now uploading this podcast on Spreaker. You can download the Spreaker app on your phone free of charge and have easy access to the show every week. Enjoy!! And go Hawks!