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November 29, 2012


PHERSY: The Phersy and Fatis Show returns and we break down last weekend's games and the upcoming three-game weekend.

Don't forget the Hawks are playing Friday at home (Energy), Saturday on the road (Energy) and Sunday on the road (Lights).

Enjoy the show!


Hockey | The List '12-'13

Posted by: Feldman

After many hours sifting through junior, college and pro websites, here it is, to the best of my ability, The List for 2012-13. 

This is a (nearly) comprehensive list of all former Rochester-area hockey players who are now playing in juniors, college or pro leagues. 

I'll add my usual disclaimer: I'm certain I've probably missed some players, so please let me know who they are (post a comment here or e-mail me at, or send me a tweet, @PBFeldy). This year, I've added some players from Section 1 schools outside of the P-B's normal coverage area. I most definitely have not added all former Section 1 players, but I've tried to get some of the more notable players from, say, Northfield, Owatonna, etc. I also have some former Rochester Ice Hawks on the list, but I can't say for sure that I have them all. Perhaps Phersy can let me know if I've missed any.

THE LIST 2012-13

Mark Stuart (Roch) D, Winnipeg Jets
Bryce Lampman (Lourdes) D, Orlando Solar Bears
Andy Canzanello (Mayo) D, Straubing Tigers
Colin Stuart (Roch) F, Iserlohn Roosters
Nick Canzanello (Mayo) D, Villard de Lans Les Ours 
Seth Ambroz (New Prague), F, Minnesota
Charlie Adams (Austin Bruins), F, Neb.-Omaha
Derek Docken (Northfield), So, D, UAA
Eriah Hayes (La Crescent) F, MSU, Mankato
Charlie Thauwald (Mayo) F, MSU, Mankato
Bob Motzko (Austin) HEAD COACH, St. Cloud State
Chris Garner (Mayo) EQUIP. MGR., UMD
John Draeger (Faribault/Shattuck), D, Michigan State
Ryan Kesti (Red Wing) D, Northern Michigan
Mikael Lickteig (Ice Hawks/Alexandria Blizzard) F, Michigan Tech
Pete Spratte (Lourdes), Fr., D, Lake Superior State
Pat Ferschweiler (JM), ASST. COACH, Western Michigan
Bill Norman (Mayo), Fr., D, Maine
Christian Folin (Austin Bruins), Fr., D, Mass-Lowell
Keegan Asmundson (Austin Bruins), So., G, Canisius
Jonathan Gehrt (Austin Bruins), Fr., D, Army
Trevor Waldoch (Austin Bruins), Fr., D, Air Force
Frank Serratore (Roch. Mustangs), HEAD COACH, Air Force 
Ryan Forgaard (Faribault), Sr., D, Union
Schyler Adams (New Prague), So, F, Gustavus
Brandon Bahnemann (Lourdes), Sr., F, St. Thomas
Cory Ellis (Austin Bruins), So., F, Gustavus
Nick Heimer (Lourdes), Fr., G, Hamline
Darren Lapic (New Prague), Fr., F, Gustavus
Tyler Lapic (New Prague), So., F, Gustavus
Joe Morris (New Prague), Fr., G, St. Thomas
Sam Olson (Austin Bruins), So., F, St. Thomas
Erik Ordahl (Century/Ice Hawks), Jr., D, Augsburg
Tyler Roberg (Ice Hawks), So., D, Augsburg
Blake Schammel (Red Wing), So., F, Gustavus
Brock Stahlke (Ice Hawks), Fr., D, Concordia (Minn.)
Dane Velich (Ice Hawks), Jr., D, Concordia (Minn.)
Jack Walsh (Austin Bruins), So., F, Gustavus
Alex Bjerk (Ice Hawks), Sr., G, Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Tyler Bruggeman (Austin Bruins), Fr., G, St. Scholastica
Alec Doig (New Prague), So., D, Wisconsin-Superior
Garrett Grimstad (Century), Sr., F, Wisconsin-Stout
Cody Hotchkin (Austin Bruins), So., F, Wisconsin-Superior
Bryan Mitchell (Red Wing), Fr., D, Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Andrew Wilcox (Century), Sr., F, Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Eric Wobschall (Owatonna), So., G, Wisconsin-Stout
Morgan Sanchez (Ice Hawks), So., F, Concordia (Wis.)
Tyler Beasley (Ice Hawks), Fr., F, Nichols College
Nate Jose (Mankato West), Fr., D, Becker College
Tyler Voigt (Lourdes), So., F, Tufts
Shaun Lymer (Ice Hawks), Fr., F, Morrisville State

Mike Aikens (JM), HEAD COACH, Omaha Lancers
Drew Anderson (Century), F, Austin Bruins
Eric Carlson (Albert Lea), F, Janesville Jets
Jared Docken (Northfield), D, Brookings Blizzard
Zach Johnson (JM), F, Austin Bruins
Brock Kautz (Century), G, Janesville Jets
Brandon Parker (Faribault), D, Brookings Blizzard
Rory Vesel (Lourdes), D, Bismarck Bobcats
Chris Amsden (St. Peter), G, Minnesota Flying Aces <Little Falls>
Alec Brandrup (Lourdes), D, Minnesota Flying Aces <Little Falls>
DJ Vold (Byron), F, Granite City Lumberjacks
Isaac Gorman (Austin), F, Twin Cities Northern Lights
Auston Larson (Albert Lea), F, Twin Cities Northern Lights
Adam McMasters (Austin), F, Edina Lakers
Derek McMasters (Mayo), F, Edina Lakers
Andrew Scofield (Northfield), F, Twin Cities Northern Lights
Isaak Tjaden (Northfield), G, Twin Cities Northern Lights
Matt Hansen (Austin Bruins), F, Alberni Valley Bulldogs 
 Connor Faupel (Century), D, Dauphin Kings
Justin Dewitz (Lourdes), D, Russell Stover
Landon Farrell (Lourdes), F, Russell Stover
Tyler Vesel (Roch.), Sr., F, Shattuck St. Mary's

Michelle Bonapace-Potvin (Lourdes), Jr., G, North Dakota
Katie Frischmann (Century), Sr., D, Minnesota
Rose Alleva (Red Wing), Jr., D, Princeton
Kellie Dineen (Faribault), Jr., F, Vermont
Lauren Borkowski (St. Charles/Winona H.S.), Jr., F, St. Mary's
Mary Grace Flesher (Mayo), Jr., F, St. Thomas
Mackenzie McCormack (Mayo), Fr., F, Hamline
Keri Pickel (Mayo), Jr., F, Gustavus
Abby Gallaher (Austin H.S.), Fr., F, Finlandia University


November 27, 2012

High school hockey | Breaking down the Big Nine

Posted by: Feldman

In case you missed it, the 2012-13 boys hockey preview ran in Saturday's Post-Bulletin. 

My profile story to open this season was on Mayo's top line, center Ryan Martin and wings Adam Alcott and Max Whitney. That story can be found here.

It looks like the team previews for the Rochester teams, Dodge County and Red Wing didn't make it online, but I'll see if I can get them posted today or tonight and link to them here.

I didn't have room in the print edition to run a Big Nine Conference preview, so I thought I'd do something of a preview/prediction piece on here. Here's my best guess at what the conference standings will look like on Feb. 16 when the regular season comes to a close. Also on Feb. 16, I'll pull this post up and see how close I've come. Maybe.

The Spartans have come up a point shy of the conference title each of the past two seasons. They have a bunch of talented seniors (including G Case Hansen, D Will Holtan and Fs Alcott, Martin, Whitney and Nolan Edwards). They also have a line of three sophomores -- Nick Newman, Ethan Moore and Logan Haskins -- that could be a big part of their attack by the end of the season.

The Rockets are thin in terms of veteran defensemen. Senior Alec McGinn and junior Garret Strom will be leaned on a lot to hold down the back end, as will Alex Lovett and Jared Bromberg, forwards who have voluntarily moved back to D. Their transition zaps some of JM's offensive depth, but the Rockets still have plenty of firepower up front, with Gavin Sandwick, Hunter Heightland, Nick Paulson, Sam Broman, Mitch King and Jack Christensen. Most importantly, JM has a solid, experienced goalie, senior Jacob Garvey. The Rockets were in the Big Nine title hunt until the final couple of weeks of last season. They'll use that experience to push them this year.

The Huskies have 12 letterwinners back from last year's team that went 11-5-1 in the conference. The big question: How quickly will some players bounce back from a long football season that just came to a close this past weekend in the Prep Bowl? Owatonna will be led by a pair of 30-point scorers, senior Matt Ratzloff and junior Soren Colstrup.

This is where I think the Panthers will end up, but it's not a reflection of how they'll be playing come mid-February. Coach Josh Klingfus' club has a lot of young players who will be thrown right into the varsity fire. They also are without their top defenseman (soph. Riese Zmolek, whose broken ankle will keep him off the ice until sometime in January) and they have just one goalie, senior Eric Rohleder, with any varsity experience, and that is minimal (he was 1-1-0 last season). All that said, Century has some really talented veterans. Senior Dalton Travis has been on the ice for two months already with the Ice Hawks, while junior Hayden Ashworth (40 points) and sophomore Jake Roth (14) know what it's like to go through a full season and be relied on to score. Century may start slowly, but I wouldn't want to be its opponent in the first round of the Section 1AA playoffs.

The Scarlets are another team without a experienced varsity goalie, but they have seven veteran forwards back and three defensemen who logged a lot of ice time last season. Senior Ryan Jutting (26 pts.) and junior Derek Frentz (22) lead the forwards. They lost top d-man, and team captain, Billy Bigham, who transferred, so juniors Max Mettler (14) and Scott McKissick (12) will lead the d-men. 

The Tigers have 10 letterwinners back from a team that finished just below .500 (13-14-1). They're led by senior Nate Stadheim (32 points), who should be one of the top scorers in the conference again. They have five players back who totalled 11 or more points last season, and they have three experienced d-men back, led by senior Darik Weigel (7 pts.). A lot of the Tigers' success will depend on how senior Lucas Malimanek (3-0-0, 1.33 GAA, .897 save pct.) performs. We'll have a good idea of where Albert Lea fits in the Section 1A race just a couple weeks into the season. The Tigers first three games are against Northfield, Faribault and West, all section opponents.

An argument could be made to put the Winhawks anywhere from fifth to eighth in the conference. They have six veteran forwards and their top four defensemen are varsity veterans. Senior G Andrew Yeske (9-15-0) is also back and his play will have a big affect on how the Winhawks finish in the conference race. Senior Ryan Grant (11-13--24) is the team's top returning scorer, as five forwards are back after producing 10 or more points last season.

Defense will be the Falcons strength. They have blue-liners who can hold fort in their own end, but also help out offensively. In fact, senior defenseman Connor Wierschem (18 points) is tied with forward Cody Colegrove as the team's top returning scorer. Senior Cody Morsching returns in goal, but he'll have to improve on his 4.32 GAA and .886 save pct. if the Falcons are to make a run at the top half of the conference.

The Packers won just once in the Big Nine last season and they really only have one direction to go. In order to improve, they'll need a lot of scoring out of seniors Marcus Stoulil (17-10--27) and Ethan Larson (11-12--23). Goalie Rainer Londino-Green has put up good numbers the past couple of years (he had an .834 save pct. last season despite facing 39 shots per game, including more than 50 on 10 occasions). 

The Cougars will be a young team again this year and they hope to improve on their 4-21-0 season of a year ago. However, they have just two players on the roster who had more than seven points last season, F Carter Johnson (5-9--14) and D Shane Sellner (4-7--11). East has six players who are entering their third varsity seasons, but the Cougars have to find scoring somewhere, or it will be another long season.

November 21, 2012


PHERSY: We're back ... for a quick show, wrapping up last weekend's action and talking about this weekend's games (Owls at home Saturday and at Hudson on Sunday).

Enjoy the show!


November 20, 2012

High School Football Picks: State finals

PHERSY: Well, Feldy has a one-game lead now ... so I'm in trouble. He's also informed me of his picks, so, yeah. Honestly, I'm just going for a tie here. Yuck.


Owatonna vs. Totino-Grace

Class AAA

Rochester Lourdes vs. Blue Earth Area

Class AA

Caledonia vs. Moose Lake-Willow River



Totino-Grace 47, Owatonna 20: Good season Huskies...for real.

Class AAA

Rochester Lourdes 67, Blue Earth Area 2: BEA is an old conference foe for me, so BEAT THE BUCS!!! I don't need to hear any high school and college buddies talking about Blue Earth winning a state title. So Lourdes, please get this a lot of points.

Class AA

Moose Lake-Willow River 27, Caledonia 20: This is simply to force a tie. I really think Caledonia wins yet another state title, but I need to not lose this year. It's all I've got :-(

• • •

FELDY: Phersy forgot to post the Nine-Man game, but it's a wash since we're both picking Grand Meadow to win, something like 135-14. OK, maybe not that much, but we like the Larks.

Totino-Grace 36, Owatonna 28: I got to see this Owatonna team in person twice this year. It was a truly fun team to watch. But Totino has beaten up on some pretty good teams and I think it wins a close one here.

Lourdes 30, BEA 12: The Eagles survived a scare in the state semis. No scare this time, just a championship trophy.

Caledonia 24, ML-WR 8: Caledonia's defense re-emerges this week. The Warriors' dynasty rolls on.

High School Hockey | A trip around the Rochester rinks

Posted by: Feldman

Our annual boys hockey season preview is scheduled to come out in Saturday's paper, but the family Feldman is heading out of town for T'giving, so I made my trip around Rochester today and stopped at practices for all four Rochester teams.

Without getting too much into the info that will appear in Saturday's preview, here are some initial thoughts and notes after visiting with each coach and team. I'll go in the order of the practices I stopped at:


They won't say it, but reading between the lines, I sense a lot of optimism about where this season could lead for the Spartans. They've lost the Big Nine Conference championship by one point each of the last two seasons and they seem determined to not let that happen this season.

It starts with an established goalie — senior Case Hansen — and very good depth up front. Mayo's all-senior top line of Ryan Martin, Adam Alcott and Max Whitney has shown it is capable of scoring, and senior Tommy Hanson could be a big scorer this season, too. Mayo will have three lines — 10 forwards, really — that will rotate and all can provide some scoring.

We can't leave out top returning d-men Will Holtan and Tommy Fjelsted because I don't want to get checked by either of those guys. They'll provide toughness and offensive ability from the blue line. That's a good combination to have.

Watch out for: Mayo's all-sophomore line; it could will a key group for the Spartans by the end of the season.

Opener: Nov. 27, vs. Lakeville North, Graham Arena I

• • •


Don't be surprised if the Eagles don't hit their stride until after the calendar hits January.

They're missing 10 guys right now, two out with injuries and eight who are on the Eagles' football team that will play for a state championship this Saturday. The good news: A lot of young guys and borderline JV/varsity players are getting a chance to impress the coaches and possibly earn a spot on the varsity roster.

Even if the Eagles had their full roster right now, they would need some time to figure out line combinations. Nothing's set in stone, including who will play on the top line with vets Jason Samuelson and Alex Funk. It could be Ben Weir, could be Griffen Buck, could be one of the three Carstens brothers, could be someone else.

Lourdes will have a good battle for the top goalie job, too, as senior Andrew Ellingson and sophomore Jack Burkel — a transfer from Red Wing — will both get their chance early in the season to seize the job.

Watch out for: Eighth-grader Tucker Chapman, a forward and a transfer from Texas, who could stick on the varsity from the get-go and play significant minutes. ... The Eagles again have a stacked schedule, including games against both defending state champions (St. Thomas Academy and Benilde-St. Margaret's).

Opener: Dec. 1, at St. Thomas Academy, 7:30 p.m.

• • •


The Panthers are in a different spot than they're accustomed to: They have a lot of young players and will use the regular season to build toward the playoffs. Their goal won't be to come storming out of the gate.

That said, the Panthers still have some skilled guys leading the way, particularly forwards Hayden Ashworth and Dalton Travis. Ashworth excelled as a sophomore last season, while Travis, now a senior, was arguably the team's best forward in the final weeks of the season.

Senior Matt Sturchio is the only defenseman back with a lot of varsity experience. Sophomore Riese Zmolek is in that category, too, but he likely won't be able to start skating until sometime in January after suffering a broken ankle nearly two months ago.

Watch out for: A good battle for the starting goalie job. Senior Eric Rohleder is the only goalie with varsity experience. He'll be pushed by sophomores Max Andrist, Joey Pundt and Carter Downs.

Opener: Nov. 29, vs. Farmington, 7:30 p.m., Rochester Rec Center

• • •


The Rockets lost a lot of exprience, particularly on the blue line. And that's where they'll be looking for help early on. In fact, at least two veteran forwards — Alex Lovett and Jared Bromberg — have volunteered to make the switch to the blue line. That will hurt JM's forward depth, but there's still enough returning talent up front that JM could be in the mix for the Big Nine title deep into the season, as it was a year ago.

Senior Jacob Garvey will be looked to to hold down the fort in goal. Junior Patric Sadecki will also get some chances.

Watch out for: The Rockets' top line of Gavin Sandwick, Nick Paulson and Sam Broman. Those three are together right now and have clicked well in scrimmages and practices. They'll be relied on for a lot of offense as JM looks to develop some other lines behind them.

Opener: Nov. 27, vs. Farmington, 7:30 p.m., Rec Center.

November 16, 2012

H.S. Hockey | Scrimmages at Graham Arena tonight

Posted by: Feldman

Sorry for the short notice, but if you're interested in getting a first look at Rochester's boys high school hockey teams (at least the three public school teams), tonight's a good chance to do so.

Century, JM and Mayo will once again play a series of varsity and JV scrimmages against one another, and St. Louis Park (coached by former JM and NHL standout Shjon Podein) will join them.

Podein led a rather remarkable turnaround at SLP last season, helping the Orioles go from two wins in 2010-11 to 18 wins last season. However, Podein learned late in the summer that three key players -- senior D Marshall Tema, sophomore F Josh Passolt and freshman F Alec Baer -- are not returning to SLP this year. Tema is playing in the NAHL, while Passolt transferred to Maple Grove and Baer transferred to Benilde-St. Margaret's.

Here's a more complete story on those players leaving the Orioles' program. Passolt and Baer were the team's second- and third-leading scorers last year.

Here's a schedule for tonight's scrimmages (notice the Rochester varsity teams will not scrimmage each other):

5:30-6:05: Mayo vs. SLP
6:20-6:55: Mayo vs. SLP
7:10-7:45: JM vs. SLP
8-8:35: SLP JV vs. JM JV
8:45-9:30: Century vs. SLP

5:45-6:20: JM JV vs. Century JV
6:30-7:05: Mayo JV vs. JM JV
7:15-7:50: Mayo JV vs. SLP JV
8:05-8:40: Mayo JV vs. Century JV
8:55-9:30: SLP JV vs. Century JV 

November 15, 2012

PHERSY AND FATIS SHOW: November 15 edition, son

PHERSY: We're back. First, coach and I break down last weeks game, then we talk suspensions and injuries and look forward to this weekend's games. Remember, the Ice Hawks host the Ducks at 7:05 p.m. Friday and the Lakers at 7:05 p.m. Saturday. There's bad blood brewing for Saturday's tilt, so don't miss it!

OK, enjoy the show ...


November 14, 2012

High school hockey: Mayo getting votes in first Class AA state poll

Posted by: Feldman

The first Class AA boys hockey poll of the season was just released and the Rochester Mayo Spartans are receiving votes (no, it wasn't me; I don't vote in the poll). No Section 1 team is in the top 20, though Lakeville North and Lakeville South are both just outside the top 20.

Here's the poll:
1. Benilde-St. Margaret's (13 first-place votes)
2. Edina (5)
3. Eden Prairie
4. Minnetonka
5. Duluth East (1)
6. Hill-Murray
7. Burnsville
8. Eagan
9. Blaine
10. Grand Raipds
11. Wayzata
12. Andover
13. Maple Grove
14. Moorhead
15. Roseau
16. Cloquet/Esko/Carlton
17. Elk River
18. White Bear Lake
19. Holy Family Academy
20. Prior Lake

Others receiving votes: Lakeville North, Lakeville South, Centennial, Bloomington Jefferson, Stillwater Area, Roseville, Brainerd, Bemidji, Apple Valley, Holy Angels, Woodbury, Mounds View, Cretin-Derham Hall, Hopkins, Rochester Mayo.

High school football picks | State semifinals

FELDY: So, Phersy clearly cheated last week and now we're tied with records of 55-27. And we're running out of teams, though congrats to the four Section 1 champs from our coverage area who are in this week's state semifinals. 

I'll list the four games we're picking, then I'll pick first this week.


Grand Meadow (11-1) vs. South Ridge (10-1)

Caledonia (11-0) vs. BOLD (11-0)

Lourdes (12-0) vs. Annandale (10-1)

Owatonna (11-0) vs. St. Thomas Academy (10-1)

* * * * *

FELDY:  Here I go, let's see if I can hold off Phersy's late rally.

Grand Meadow 36, South Ridge 18: The Larks are rolling and they have a healthy Perry Stejskal in the backfield again. He's a beast and gives the Larks a formidable 1-2 rushing punch, along with Landon Jacobson.

Caledonia 20, BOLD 8: I don't have to justify picking the Warriors. Their 'D' is that good.

Lourdes 33, Annandale 26: Annandale can score a little bit. So can Lourdes. 

St. Thomas Academy 24, Owatonna 17: I shouldn't have picked against Owatonna last week, but this week is a tougher task. The Huskies are facing an STA team that hasn't had a team come within three touchdowns of it in the past month.


PHERSY: Hey Feldy, remember when the Red Sox trailed the Yankees 3 games to none in the 2004 playoffs and then came back to win? That's like this ... :-)


Grand Meadow 39, South Ridge 30: Yep, Grand Meadow might be headed for a title ... wouldn't surprise many people in this part of the state.


Caledonia 20, BOLD 15: BOLD was the state's most dominant team for much of the season. But it slowed late, and Caledonia is playing its best football now. This could go either way.


Annandale 28, Lourdes 21: The road ends for the Eagles this week. Annandale survived a brutal regular-season schedule, and I think it pays off this week.


St. Thomas Academy 38, Owatonna 28: We lost another area team.