Hockey | Random notes
Posted by: Feldman
Lots of stuff going on locally.
* Two Rochester players went head to head in the championship game of the Bauer NIT tournament last weekend at New Hope Ice Arena. Tyler Vesel, a senior forward for Faribault Shattuck St. Mary's, and Jason Samuelson, a senior forward at Rochester Lourdes, were on opposing teams in the final of the prestigious showcase tournament. Vesel's Shattuck team beat Samuelson's Minnesota Red team, 5-4 in double OT. Shattuck put a whopping 71 shots on goal, while Minnesota Red had 54. Ryan Norman scored the winner for Shattuck at 4:41 of the second OT. Samuelson didn't have a point in the game, while Vesel had one assist. Through 19 games, Vesel leads Shattuck in goals (12) and points (27). Samuelson finished with the third-most points in the Upper Midwest Elite League this fall (26).
* Girls high school hockey started practice last week; Phersy did the season previews, which ran in Wednesday's Post-Bulletin. He did a feature story on the Dodge County girls program, which has steadily improved for a few years now and could challenge the top teams in Section 1AA this season.
* Boys hockey practice starts in four days. I'm hoping to get out to a couple of practices in town here on Monday for a blog post. Probably won't be much to say on the opening day, other than "Yay! Hockey season is here!" As you may have seen a previous post here, the Rochester Lourdes Eagles are ranked No. 8 in the first Class A state poll of the season. New Prague is No. 20, while Red Wing and Northfield are both receiving votes.
* Former Lourdes forward Landon Farrell and defenseman Justin Dewitz are members of the Russell Stover midget major team that is off to a 5-7-2 start. The Stars, though, have five one-goal losses. Farrell leads the team in assists (8) and is tied for second on the team with 10 points. Dewitz has a goal and three assists -- all on the power play -- in 14 games.
* Former Lourdes defenseman Alec Brandrup is playing for the Little Falls Flying Aces of the NA3HL. He has one point and eight penalty minutes in seven games.
* I'll have a separate post on the Austin Bruins of the North American Hockey League, but thought I'd mention here that they're in first place in the NAHL Central and Rochester JM grad Zach Johnson has worked his way back into the lineup. Z.J. has three points in his past four games, including the tying goal in a 3-2 win at Coulee Region (Onalaska, Wis.) last weekend. Watch for a post later about the Austin Bruins; coach Chris Tok had some good things to say about Johnson.
* Not sure if Phersy will have anything on the blog about this, but I know he's working on a story for tomorrow's print edition. The Rochester Ice Hawks will have some local high school players suiting up for them this weekend -- I've heard anywhere from 6-8 -- for games Friday and Saturday. The Hawks have close to a dozen of their regular players out of the lineup due to suspensions.