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December 20, 2012

PHERSY AND FATIS SHOW: It's the end of the world as we know it (and I feel fine)

PHERSY: The Phersy and Fatis Show returns today ... just in time to beat out the end of the world.

We're talking about the Ice Hawks' excellent performance at the MnJHL Showcase, along with the weekend win over the Lakers.

The Ice Hawks return to action at 7:05 p.m. Saturday at the Rec Center against the Steele County Blades. It's a big win, and it should be rough and tumble ... so get out there. It's Steele County's first trip to Rochester, too.

OK, enjoy the show (and the snow)!


December 19, 2012

NAHL | Aberdeen makes a coaching change

Posted by: Feldman

The Austin Bruins will play at Aberdeen this Friday and Saturday, the last games for the Bruins before a short holiday break. Aberdeen will be under new direction, as head coach/GM Pete Sauer was fired this week.

He will be replaced by assistant coach Garrett Strot, a former Coulee Region Chill head coach, for the remainder of the season. The Wings will then make a decision on a permanent head coach.

Sauer helped establish the NAHL in Aberdeen in 2010, but the Wings have slipped to last place in the NAHL Central Division, already 24 points behind first-place Austin, and 10 points out of fourth place, the last playoff spot from the division.

The Aberdeen American News ran a couple of stories this week about Sauer's firing:

* Sports reporter John Papendick says Sauer was a class act on the way out.

* Wings owners decided "a major change was needed."

December 17, 2012

This Week in High School Hockey | Dec. 17

Posted by: Feldman

A look back at last week in high school hockey for our area teams and a look ahead to this week's games:

Last week: 2-0-0. Beat Northfield, 4-1; won at Red Wing, 8-2.
Season: 5-1-0 overall.
What happened: Its pretty simple; in the five games the Eagles have won, its top line of Jason Samuelson, Alex Funk and Ben Weir has just been better than any line the opposing team could put on the ice. They've totaled 38 points through six games. Samuelson and Funk both finished last season with 70 points; Samuelson is on pace to get 66 in the regular season, while Funk is on pace for 62. Both wins last week were big in terms of positioning for the Section 1A playoffs. In that regard, Lourdes' biggest game remaining may be against Mankato West on Jan. 8 at Graham Arena. The Scarlets look like the only team that could take the top seed away from Lourdes.
This week: Thursday, at No. 20-AA Holy Family Catholic (7 p.m.). This is another good test for the Eagles going into the holiday break and pre-Kiwanis Festival, where they won't see the level of competition they regularly see during the regular season. Holy Family is just 4-3-0, but its losses are to No. 11-AA Elk River and the two No. 1-ranked teams in the state, Edina (AA) and St. Thomas Academy (A). Holy Family is also coming off an impressive 5-1 win against No. 3-A Totino-Grace.

Last week: 2-0-0. Beat Owatonna, 2-0; won at Farmington, 4-3.
Season: 5-1-0 overall; 4-0-0 Big Nine Conference.
What happened: Mayo's win against Owatonna was big in terms of the conference standings; its win against Farmington was even bigger. If Mayo holds serve against Big Nine/Section 1AA opponents Owatonna, Winona, Century and JM the rest of the way, the win over Farmington will likely give the Spartans the No. 3 seed in the section playoffs. I know the coaches don't want the players thinking that far ahead, but that's just the reality of it. Winning, while coming from behind, on the road against Farmington, was a nice win for the Spartans.
This week: Tuesday, at Red Wing (7 p.m.); Thursday, at Albert Lea (7:30 p.m.). Red Wing is struggling, off to an 0-8-0 start, but this isn't a game where Mayo can relax. Wingers goalie Preston Blaney is solid, so Mayo needs to capitalize on its scoring chances. Albert Lea is never an easy place to play, and the Tigers always are up emotionally when Mayo comes to town. The friendly rivalry between the head coaches -- former U of M linemates Lorne Grosso and Roy Nystrom -- carries over to an intensity on the ice, too. It'll be a good game to carry Mayo into the break.

Last week: 1-1-0. Lost to Chaska, 5-3; won at St. Paul Highland Park, 4-1.
Season: 2-6-0 overall.
What happened: The Wildcats overmatched Highland Park on Saturday for their second win of the season. They limited Highland Park to just 18 shots on goal, and sophomore G Mitch Sobotta held up his end with a 17-save performance. The loss to Chaska continued a trend of close defeats for the Wildcats this season. They're just 2-6-0, but they've lost four times by one goal and once by two goals.
This week: Tuesday, at St. Paul Como Park (8 p.m.); Thursday, vs. Austin (7:30 p.m., Dodge Co. Ice Arena). These games give D.C. a chance to gain some confidence and momentum heading into the break, before next week's Kiwanis Festival in Rochester. Como Park is 6-2-0, a solid team that has put up some goals (48 in 8 games). D.C. already owns a victory against Austin this season, though it was the Wildcats poorest defensive effort of the season.

Last week: 0-3-0. Lost to Tartan 4-3; lost at Winona, 4-3 (OT); lost to Rochester Lourdes, 8-2.
Season: 0-8-0 overall
What happened: The loss to Winona had to be the most frustrating of the week. Red Wing led, 3-1, going into the third period, but gave up two goals in the third, then lost in OT. The Wingers have now lost five times by two goals or less. They're close; they just need to find the late-game confidence that they can win.
This week: Tuesday, vs. Rochester Mayo (7 p.m.); Thursday, at Holy Angels (7:30 p.m.). The Wingers certainly don't want to go into the break with an 0-10 mark, but things won't be any easier for them this week than they have in recent weeks. Mayo has lost just once and Holy Angels is always at or near the top of the Missota Conference. If the Wingers can play two more close games, that should be enough to give them a little more confidence entering the second half of the season.

Last week: 0-2-0. Lost at John Marshall, 4-2; lost at Owatonna, 3-2.
Season: 1-6-0 overall; 1-3-0 Big Nine.
What happened: Both losses were particularly frustrating for the Panthers, but for different reasons. JM scored in the first two minutes of each period in its victory. Against Owatonna, Century led 2-0 after one period, but the Huskies scored twice in the second period and once in the third to complete a come-from-behind win. I still think Century will be OK come tournament time. Lots of young guys are getting ice time and getting comfortable with one another and the systems. If the Panthers were getting consistently blown out, I might feel different, but they're hanging with teams, just not finishing. That will come.
This week: Thursday, vs. Winona (7:30 p.m.); Saturday, at Mankato West (2 p.m.). We're not even to Christmas and Century's season series against West will be finished. The Panthers lost to the Scarlets, 6-1, on Dec. 8. Coach Josh Klingfus wasn't pleased with his team's overall effort in that game, so I'm guessing the Panthers will bring a better intensity on Saturday. Winona is off to a 5-2-0 start, though it hasn't played a particularly difficult schedule. This is a game the Panthers could really use to gain some confidence and put another checkmark in the Win column. These teams meet again at the end of January, but a win against the Winhawks could be big when it's time to seed for the section playoffs.

Last week: 2-1-0. Beat Century, 4-2; beat Mankato East, 5-2; lost to Mankato West, 3-1.
Season: 3-3-0 overall, 2-2-0 Big Nine Conference.
What happened: JM found its scoring touch against Century and East, as seven players had at least one point against East. Jacob Garvey was his usual stellar self in goal. The senior netminder stopped a total of 88 shots in the three games, including 45 against West to keep the Rockets in that game.
This week: Tuesday, at South St. Paul (7:30 p.m.); Thursday, at Faribault (7:30 p.m.). Both of these games are winnable for the Rockets, and if they can get some scoring from their second line, they'll have a good chance of entering the break with a plus-.500 record. South St. Paul is 2-3-0, Faribault is 2-6-0. JM and Faribault meet again on Jan. 31, but a Rockets win Thursday would help them in the conference standings and give them a boost as they prepare for next week's Kiwanis Festival.

* * * * *

Some games to watch across the State of Hockey this week:

*Windom at Luverne (Tuesday): This seems like an odd one to spotlight, but both of these teams look capable of dethroning New Ulm in Section 3A this season. Windom is 5-0-0, Luverne is 5-1-0. Luverne is led by sophomore D Toby Sengvongxay, who was invited to the USA Hockey National 15-under camp this past summer. He has 11 goals and five assists already this season.

*Lakeville South at Lakeville North (Thursday): This one holds interest for fans in southern Minnesota, from the standpoint of knowing which of these teams will be the No. 1 seed in the Section 1AA playoffs and which team will be the No. 2 seed. They meet once more this season, on Feb. 2. That game will be the one that ultimately determines the top seed in the section.

*Eden Prairie at Edina (Saturday): Which cake-eater is your favorite? This game pits No. 9 EP at No. 1 Edina in the first of at least three meetings between Lake Conference rivals this season. This game is the finale of the Edina Holiday Classic and will feature six Division I recruits, three from each team.

December 11, 2012

This Week in High School Hockey

Posted by: Feldman

Last week I called this High School Hockey Rewind, but I figured I'd turn it into a look back at the previous week and a look ahead to the coming week.

A few quick notes before we look at the week past and the week ahead for each team from our area:

* I'll be at the Century-John Marshall game tonight at the Rec Center. It begins at 7:30 p.m. If you can't be there, I'll have updates on Twitter @PBFeldy or

* Former Rochester Century goalie Brock Kautz has been named the North American Hockey League North Division Star of the Week. The Janesville (Wis.) Jets netminder was in goal for both games this past weekend, stopping 70 of 73 shots in a sweep of a two-game series against Coulee Region. The full press release from the NAHL is here.

* It was a good weekend for former Century players in the NAHL as Austin Bruins forward Drew Anderson had an assist in regulation, then scored the game-winning goal in a shootout on Saturday as Austin beat Brookings, 3-2, at Riverside Arena in Austin. Anderson was rarely spotted into the lineup early in the season, but he has now played in 11 consecutive games for the first-place Bruins. It looks like he's finding a comfort level, too, as he has all of his points this season (1 goal, 2 assists, not counting the shootout goal) in the last five games.

All right, on to the high school stuff...

Last week: 0-1-0. Lost to Rochester Mayo, 2-0.
Season: 1-2-0 overall, 0-1-0 Big Nine Conference.
What happened: Last week I mentioned I thought JM could contend for a conference title. Those expectations have to be checked now that the Rockets have lost three of their top players for all or part of the season. Against Mayo, on Saturday, JM did exactly what coach Jay Ness wanted. The Rockets packed it in defensively around goalie Jacob Garvey, he held them in the game with 33 saves, and they got a couple of good scoring opportunities in the third period. JM just missed the net on one of those chances and Mayo goalie Case Hansen made a highlight-reel windmill glove save on the other. What I really liked about JM's game was the energy its third line of Kevin Henslin, Mitch King and Jack Christensen provided. If the Rockets can get that kind of effort from that line, that will allow its top line to take some more chances.
This week: Three home games, all at the Rec Center: Tonight, vs. Rochester Century (7:30 p.m.); Thursday vs. Mankato East (7:30 p.m.); Saturday vs. Mankato West (3 p.m.). It's reasonable to think JM could go 2-1 this week, but it will have to have its best effort against Century tonight. West has already shown it's going to challenge for a conference title and be among the best teams in the Big Nine.

Last week: 3-0-0. Won at New Prague, 3-2 (OT); beat Chanhassen, 4-2; beat No. 7 St. Cloud Cathedral, 6-4.
Season: 3-1-0 overall.
What happened: After an 8-1 loss at St. Thomas Academy to open the season, the Eagles set a goal of going 3-0 last week. They did that with solid play from goalie Andrew Ellingson, more outstanding efforts from their top line, and contributions from some young players who appear to be adjusting quickly to the varsity level. The win over Cathedral has to be a big confidence booster for Lourdes, considering Cathedral was coming off a victory against No. 3 Breck. Eagles coach Josh Spaniol told his team after the game that the tired legs from football season are behind this team now and they need to plow forward, playing every game just as well as they played Saturday, and keep improving. The Eagles' schedule stays busy; they have two games this week and will play 10 times in December.
This week: Thursday vs. Northfield (7 p.m., Graham Arena); Saturday at Red Wing (2 p.m.). There's no time to relax. These are two important Section 1A matchups. Thursday's game is a rematch of last year's section title game; Saturday's matchup is a rematch of a section semifinal from a year ago. 

Last week: 2-0-0. Won at Mankato West, 2-1; won at John Marshall, 2-0.
Season: 3-1-0 overall; 3-0-0 Big Nine Conference.
What happened: The victory at West was a big one for Mayo early in the season. The Scarlets will likely be right at the top of the conference standings all season, along with Mayo. Coach Lorne Grosso said it was an up-and-down-the-ice, fast-paced game, but both goalies played well. That's a big lift for Spartans goalie Case Hansen, who appears to be playing even better than he did last season. He made a windmill save to rob a JM player of a goal on Saturday that had pretty much everyone at the Rec Center shaking their heads. Now, Mayo's offense just needs to finish its chances. The Spartans have faced some pretty good goalies so far, but if you read my story in Monday's P-B, you know their top-line players are frustrated that they're not putting more goals up. That said, if Mayo's forwards keep playing like they did against JM, those goals will come. 
This week: Tonight, vs. Owatonna (7:30 p.m., Graham Arena); Saturday, at Farmington (3 p.m.). Two big games here for Mayo, for different reasons. A win tonight against Owatonna would make the Spartans 4-0-0 in conference play. If they want to achieve their goal of winning the Big Nine, hat's a great start. Saturday's game will be important two months from now, when Section 1AA seedings come out. Farmington already has wins against Century and JM.

Last week: 0-2-0. Lost to Winona, 2-1; lost to Northfield, 2-1.
Season: 1-5-0 overall.
What happened: As coach Eric Hoffman put it to me, the Wildcats just need to learn how to win. They're playing good hockey, particularly goalie Mitch Sobotta. Four of their five losses have come by one goal; once they learn how to flip those around -- picking up their intensity in the third period -- the 'Cats will be fine. 
This week: Friday, vs. Chaska (7:30 p.m.); Saturday, at St. Paul Highland Park (3 p.m.). We'll see what the 'Cats are made of with these tough back-to-back games. And by tough, I mean, getting done with a game at 9:30 on Friday night and getting on a bus the next morning to go to St. Paul. A win or two this week will do a lot for D.C.'s confidence. 

Last week: 0-2-0. Lost at North St. Paul, 4-3; lost at Fergus Falls, 5-4.
Season: 0-5-0 overall; 0-0-0 Missota Conference.
What happened: Much like Dodge County, the Wingers have been able to build leads, but not hang on. Red Wing led North St. Paul, 2-0, after one period and it was tied, 3-3, after two. Against Fergus, Red Wing led 3-1 and 4-2 in the third period, before the Otters scored twice in the final 6:39 of regulation to force OT. They scored 2:42 into OT to win it. 
This week: Tonight, vs. Tartan (7 p.m.); Thursday, at Winona (7:30 p.m.); Saturday, vs. Rochester Lourdes (2 p.m.).

Last week: 1-2-0. Lost at Lakeville North, 6-0; won at Faribault, 4-2; lost to Mankato West, 6-1.
Season: 1-4-0 overall; 1-1-0 Big Nine Conference.
What happened: A step forward, a step back for the Panthers. They put together a very good effort last Thursday with a 4-2 win at Faribault. Dalton Travis -- who coach Josh Klingfus said has played hard every night out -- had hand in all four goals against the Falcons. Then, on Saturday, Klingfus said the Panthers didn't show up, from the top of the roster on down. It's a good learning experience for a team with a lot of young players. I would bet we see a better effort out of the whole team tonight.
This week: Tonight, at John Marshall (7:30 p.m., Rec Center); Saturday, at Owatonna (7:30 p.m.). Win or lose, I think the Century coaches just want to see a consistent strong effort on both ends of the ice from the goalie on out. Maybe the Panthers can find a rhythm starting tonight; there's nothing like a rivalry game to get guys fired up.

December 10, 2012

High school hockey | Kiwanis brackets

Posted by: Feldman

I'll be back later tonight with this week's High School Hockey Rewind (and I think we'll change the name, since from now on we'll use that forum to not only look back at the past week, but also to look ahead to big games in the coming week. That way I'm not repeating myself three times a week about each team like I did last season with High School Hockey Today). But first ...

The brackets for the 2012 Kiwanis Festival at the Graham Arena complex have been out for a while and I realized today that I haven't posted them on here yet. My apologies for that. Hard to believe we're less than three weeks away from the Festvial, which runs Dec. 27-29, a Thursday-Saturday.

A few notes: 

* Obviously, both 2011 Festival champions are back to defend their titles. Both are Rochester schools -- Century in Class AA, Lourdes in Class A. 

* We're used to seeing Century and Fargo (N.D.) South meet at some point in the tournament. If they match up this year, it will have to be in one of the placewinner games on Saturday. Century and South are in opposite halves of the bracket.

* Eau Claire (Wis.) Memorial, which lost in a shootout to Century in last year's Class AA final, is back. It's also in the opposite side of the bracket from Century.

* For the first time that I can remember (and perhaps the first time in Festival history?) half of the 16 teams in the varsity tournaments are not from Minnesota. Only three of the teams in the Class A field are from Minnesota.

Here are your brackets (click on the "CLASS A" and "CLASS AA" lines to link to the Festival's bracket page):

(All Games at Graham 4)

11:30 a.m. -- New Ulm vs. Dodge County
3:30 p.m. -- WSFLG (Wis.) vs. Verona (Wis.)
6 p.m. -- Ashwaubenon (Wis.) vs. Kansas City
8:15 p.m. -- Northland Pines (Wis.) vs. Rochester Lourdes

1:15 p.m. -- NU/DC loser vs. WSFLG/Verona loser
3:30 p.m. -- Ashwaubenon/KC loser vs. NP/Lourdes loser
5:45 p.m. -- NU/DC winner vs. WSFLG/Verona winner 
8 p.m. -- Ashwaubenon/KC winner vs. NP/Lourdes winner 

1:15 p.m. -- Seventh place
3:30 p.m. -- Fifth place
5:45 p.m. -- Third place
8 p.m. -- Championship

* * * * *

(All games at Graham I)
12:30 p.m. -- Eastview vs. New Richmond (Wis.)
3 p.m. -- Park-Cottage Grove vs. Rochester Century
5:30 p.m. -- Eau Claire (Wis.) Memorial vs. Rochester John Marshall
7:45 p.m. -- Fargo (N.D.) South vs. Rochester Mayo

12:15 p.m. -- Eastview/NR loser vs. P-CG/Century loser
2:30 p.m. -- ECM/JM loser vs. South/Mayo loser
5 p.m. -- Eastview/NR winner vs. P-CG/Century winner 
7:15 p.m. -- ECM/JM winner vs. South/Mayo winner

Noon -- seventh place
2:15 p.m. -- fifth place
4:45 p.m. -- third place
7:15 p.m. -- championship 

December 06, 2012

PHERSY AND FATIS SHOW: Marathon stretch

PHERSY: The Phersy and Fatis Show is back! The Ice Hawks are looking to bounce back after last weekend's mess against the Northern Lights. They have games this weekend against the Energy and the Steele County Blades ... and then four games in four games Monday through Thursday during the Minnesota Junior Hockey League Showcase right here in Rochester! We'll have more details on that in tomorrow's Post-Bulletin.

Enjoy the show!


December 02, 2012

High School Hockey Rewind | Week 1

Posted by: Feldman

The first week-plus of the boys high school hockey season is in the books and it was a mixed bag for Rochester and area teams. Rochester teams Mayo and John Marshall went 1-1, Century went 0-2 and Lourdes went 0-1. As for the area teams, Dodge County is 1-3, Red Wing is 0-3.

That's a combined 3-11 among the six teams in our circulation area, but those records aren't all as bad as they may seem.

Last week: 0-2-0. Lost to Farmington, 6-0; lost to Tartan, 4-0.
Season: 0-2-0 overall, 0-0-0 Big Nine Conference.
What happened: Yes, Century was outscored 10-0 in two games. Yes, Century was outshot 44-13 and 52-15 in those two losses. Reason to panic? Definitely not. The Panthers have 23 games left in the regular season. This is a team that will get better as the season goes on. They're running a lot of young guys and first-year varsity players out there and they've played two pretty good teams. The loss to Farmington was not nearly as lopsided as the score indicates. Farmington led just 1-0 entering the third, then scored five times in the third, including four times in the last 6:35 (the last three of those on a five-minute major penalty against Century). And one really bright spot: Senior goalie Eric Rohleder is playing well. He made 38 saves in the opener and 48 against Tartan. That's a good start for a guy who had seen minimal varsity experience coming into the season.

Last week: 1-1-0. Lost to Farmington, 4-3. Won at St. Paul Johnson, 6-2.
Season: 1-1-0 overall, 0-0-0 Big Nine Conference.
What happened: I really believe this JM team can challenge for a Big Nine title. Why? It has two quality scoring lines and four veterans on the blue line (two, as has been noted multiple times here and in print, are brand new to the position). The Farmington score was a bit of a surprise, and it could ultimately play a factor in the seedings for the Section 1AA tournament, but keep in mind that JM played its first two games without starting goalie Jacob Garvey. That said, Patric Sadecki played well in his first two varsity starts, making a total of 49 saves. His early-season playing experience will be a benefit as the season goes on. His nerves will be gone. He's played two full varsity games. ... JM doesn't play again until Saturday, when it opens Big Nine play at home against Mayo. The one thing I know coach Jay Ness wants to develop is some consistent scoring from the second line. The Rockets got a little of that against Johnson, but they'll need more than just Gavin Sandwick, Nick Paulson, Jared Bromberg and Sam Broman to score on a regular basis.

Last week: 0-1-0. Lost at No. 1-ranked St. Thomas Academy, 8-1.
Season: 0-1-0 overall.
What happened: What happend is, a Lourdes team that had about six or seven guys with just a few days of practice under their belts, ran into the top-ranked team in the state, and the defending Class A state champ. The Eagles know they have to be patient this year and they'll have some ups and downs early in the season. A half-dozen or so guys just returned to practice last week after making a run to the state football championship game. Thinking back to 2010, when Lourdes won the state football title (and had a handful of players miss the first two-plus weeks of hockey practice), it took until mid-January before they really began clicking on all cylinders. We'll have a better idea of where this team is at right now after the upcoming week, when it goes to New Prague (Tuesday), and plays host to Chanhassen (Thursday) and No. 5-ranked St. Cloud Cathedral (Saturday).

Last week: 1-1-0. Lost to Lakeville North, 3-0. Won at Faribault, 4-2.
Season: 1-1-0 overall, 1-0-0 Big Nine Conference.
What happened: The Spartans are one of the favorites to win the Big Nine and a big reason why is senior goalie Case Hansen. He was sharp last week, stopping 30 shots against North and 18 against Faribault. Mayo managed just 14 shots against North, but I know at least one of the Spartans' top forwards was feeling ill that day, plus they had four or five sophomores playing in their first varsity game. Plus, North is always one of the top teams in Section 1AA and has generally put up six, seven or more goals against the Rochester teams (North beat Mayo 12-1 last season). Mayo's win at Faribault was a bit disjointed without a lot of five-on-five time. Still, the Spartans will want to make more of a statement in their next three games, all against teams expected to be in the top half of the Big Nine: Thursday at Mankato West, Saturday at John Marshall and Dec. 11 against Owatonna.

Last week: 1-3-0. Lost to Faribault, 3-2; lost at Minnehaha Academy, 5-2; lost to Waseca, 4-3 (OT); won at Austin, 9-7.
Season: 1-3-0 overall.
What happened: The Wildcats are 1-3-0, but could just as easily have two or three wins. They led Faribault entering the third period, but gave up the game-winning goal with just 1:33 to go after taking a penalty 21 seconds earlier. Against Waseca, Dodge County had a 3-2 lead late in the third, after a seemingly momentum-changing short-handed goal by Stefan Rechtzigel with 7:13 to go. Waseca tied it 59 seconds later, then won 50 seconds into OT. The 'Cats offense broke out on Saturday, with seven players scoring at least once. Their defense wasn't as sharp as it had been, though, allowing seven goals and 37 shots on goal. ... Dodge County plays host to Winona on Tuesday in a game that could have a big impact on the seedings for the Section 1AA playoffs.

Last week: 0-3-0. Lost at Buffalo, 5-1; lost at Hudson (Wis.), 5-3; lost at South St. Paul, 3-1.
Season: 0-3-0 overall; 0-0-0 Missota Conference.
What happened: No need to panic, Wingers fans. Just think back to two years ago, when Red Wing started 0-9-0. That team made it all the way to the Section 1A semifinals and pushed Rochester Lourdes in a 4-2 loss. So far, it looks like this year's team needs to figure out how to be a third-period team. The Wingers have been tied or trailing by just one goal entering the third period of all three games so far. Eight players have at least one point so far for the Wingers, so they know they don't have to rely on one or two guys to do all the scoring. ... The Wingers play four of their first five games on the road, including games this week at North St. Paul (Thursday) and Fergus Falls (Saturday).