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February 05, 2015

High School Hockey Today | Feb. 5, 2015

Posted by: Feldman

Before we get into tonight's boys games, how about a shout-out (do kids still say that? Just pretend and tell me they do) to the Century girls hockey team for upsetting JM/Lourdes 4-3 in OT in the Section 1AA quarterfinals last night.

JM/L had a nice season, sharing the Big 9 title with Red Wing and sticking in the Class AA state poll for much of the season. 

Century won when Maddie Leqve scored on a shot from the point 2 minutes into OT. In other Section 1AA quarterfinals, Lakeville North beat Owatonna 3-0, Dodge County beat Farmington 6-0, and Lakeville South beat Rochester Mayo 11-0.

Saturday's section semifinals feature No. 4 seed Dodge County at No. 1 Lakeville South, and No. 6 Century at No. 2 Lakeville North.

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On the boys side, is there a big game going on in town tonight? Oh, yeah, that one at Graham Arena. Something about two Rochester teams playing each other for the 111th time. Rochester John Marshall and Rochester Mayo will meet for the second time this season, tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Graham I. 

A special note for this game: Mayo players will wear pink ribbons and use pink stick tape as they are dedicating tonight's game to Marisa Martin, the youngest daughter of Mayo coach Lorne Grosso and his wife, Joan. Marisa has been battling breast cancer since last spring. Proceeds from tonight's chuck-a-puck contest will be donated to Marisa and her family, and there will be a big benefit/silent auction at Wicked Moose on Sunday from 1-5 p.m. I'll have more in Friday's paper (plus a separate blog post about it), but there will be lots of great stuff to bid on (including tickets to a Wild game donated by Lorne's cousin, Lou Nanne, and signed jerseys by NHLers Ron Francis and Zach Parise), so bring your checkbooks on Sunday and support a great family! ... Oh, also, Joan Grosso informed me of one more item local hockey fans might love to bid on: A gourmet Italian dinner with Shjon and Sherry Podein, cooked by Lorne Grosso! (I'm told he's actually a great cook; he won't just go to the store and get some frozen lasagna).

Back to tonight's game ...

JM had been playing quite well, winning five consecutive games until falling 6-1 to St. Paul Academy -- the No. 7-ranked team in Class A -- last Saturday. Mayo has been a little more up-and-down in recent weeks. The Spartans beat a gritty Mankato East team on Tuesday, but as coach Lorne Grosso put it when we spoke yesterday, "East taught (Mayo) a good lesson about working hard for an entire game."

So, who knows what will happen tonight. Mayo has won nine consecutive meetings against JM and, last season, took the lead in the all-time series for the first time ever. Will JM snap Mayo's streak tonight? I've seen the Rockets when they're at their best and they're a good team. Will Mayo snap back and play its best tonight? 

This game will have some big implications as far as home-ice advantage in the first round of the Section 1AA playoffs. There's a good chance that two Rochester teams will meet each other in the section quarterfinals -- Mayo, JM and Century should be seeded 4, 5, and 6, though it's still to be determined what order they'll fall into those seeds. That means two will face each other and one will go to Farmington for a quarterfinal game. 

A Mayo win tonight will go a long way toward the Spartans getting that No. 4 seed. Ditto for JM. Mayo still also has to face Century one more time and there is a chance that all of the Rochester teams could go 1-1 vs. each other this season. Tonight's outcome will clear up a little more just how the teams will likely be seeded.

But, y'know, this is a rivalry game, and the guys in the red and black sweaters, as well as the guys in the green and gold sweaters, need no more motivation than the bragging rights that go to tonight's winner.

It's a light load of games tonight, so let's take a look at them:

TONIGHT'S GAMES

ROCHESTER JOHN MARSHALL at ROCHESTER MAYO
7:30 p.m., Graham Arena I
Records: JM 8-4-0 Big Nine, 11-10-0 overall; Mayo 10-4-0, 14-7-1.
Coaches: JM, Jay Ness; Mayo, Lorne Grosso.
Last meeting: Mayo defeated JM 6-2 on Dec. 13, 2014, at the Rec Center. Anthony Oliveto had two goals and an assist, and JT Rein had two goals for Mayo. Jake Dravis and Aaron Macken scored for JM.
Last game: Mayo beat Mankato East 7-5 on Tuesday; JM lost at St. Paul Academy 6-1 on Saturday.
Team leaders: JM -- So. F Cory Checco (12-16--28); Jr. F Brady Dahl (13-8--21); Jr. F Isaac Lamppa (6-11-17); Sr. F Jake Dravis (5-9--14); Jr. D Josh Frerks (4-8--12); Jr. G Brady Meyers (9-10-0, 3.15 GAA, .894). MAYO -- Sr. F Logan Haskins (16-23--39); So. F Anthony Oliveto (25-14--39); Sr. F Ethan Moore (10-19--29); Sr. F Austyn Renn (9-10--19); Jr. D Nick Norby (5-10--15); Sr. G Chris Wileman (14-7-1, 2.98, .870).
Notes: This is the 111th meeting between the teams all-time. Mayo leads the all-time series 56-53-1. ... Mayo has won nine consecutive meetings with JM. ... Mayo was 9-2-0 in November and December, and 5-5-1 since. ... Oliveto and Haskins are tied for the lead in scoring among Rochester players, both with 39 points. ... JM's Checco is on a seven-game point streak. ... JM has shut out its past two conference opponents. ... The Rockets' last victory against Mayo was on Dec. 10, 2011. 

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AUSTIN at ROCHESTER CENTURY
7:30 p.m., Rochester Recreation Center
Records: Austin 0-13-1 Big Nine Conference, 3-17-1 overall; Century 8-5-0, 11-7-2
Coaches: Austin, Erik LaRock; Century, Josh Klingfus
Last meeting: Century beat Austin 7-3 on Dec. 9, 2014, at Riverside Arena in Austin. Century defensemen Riese Zmolek and Alex Ney scored twice each.
Last game: Austin lost to Red Wing 6-4 on Saturday; Century won at Albert Lea 4-3 on Saturday.
Team leaders: AUST -- Jr. F Dan Bolingberg (11-6--17); Jr. F Kenny Ree (6-10--16); Soph. F Isaac Arnold (7-7--14); Sr. G Jacob Johnson (2-16-1, 4.26 GAA, .861 save pct.). CENT -- Sr. F Jake Roth (16-15--31); Sr. D Riese Zmolek (14-15--29); Sr. D/F Ryan Sherden (4-12--16); Sr. D Alex Ney (10-5--15); Fr. G Cole Walter (6-2-0, 2.25, .891).
Notes: Roth topped the 100-career point mark a couple weeks ago; Zmolek is on the verge of reaching 100 career points. He has 91 entering tonight's game. ... Century has won two consecutive games and six of its past nine. ... Austin is on a seven-game losing streak, but four of those losses came by one goal and two others by two goals. ... Included in the Packers' seven-game losing streak are one-goal losses against the top two teams in the Big Nine, Mankato West (2-1 on Jan. 10) and Faribault (5-4 on Jan. 17).

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AROUND THE STATE

* No. 2-AA Edina (18-1-2) at No. 8-AA Wayzata (10-9-2), 7 p.m.: These state powers will meet for a third time this season; Edina has a win and a tie in their first two matchups. Edina's Garrett Wait had a hat trick in the most recent meeting, a 6-3 Hornets win on Jan. 17 at Edina.

* No. 1-AA Lakeville North (21-0-0) at No. 12 Prior Lake (14-6-1), 7 p.m.: North beat South Suburban Conference rival Prior Lake 7-4 in their previous matchup, on Jan. 8, in Lakeville. Brothers Jack and Nick Poehling -- named as Mr. Hockey finalists today -- combined for four goals seven points in that game.

* No. 17-A New Prague (14-7-0) at No. 9-A Delano/Rockford (18-4-0), 7 p.m.: New Prague, the defending Section 1A champ, is just 4-3-0 in its past seven games and is coming off an 8-1 loss to Holy Family Catholic. The Trojans lost to Delano in their first matchup this season, 7-1, on Jan. 13 at New Prague.

* No. 5-AA Eden Prairie (14-8-0) at No. 13-AA Minnetonka (11-9-1), 7 p.m.: Eden Prairie has won four of its past five and is coming off a convincing 5-0 shutout against No. 10-ranked Benilde-St. Margaret's on Tuesday.

* Hopkins (12-8-1) at No. 14-AA Holy Family Catholic (13-6-2), 7 p.m.: These teams are in a loaded Section 6AA, and despite the talent that each team possesses, this game is likely a battle for home-ice advantage in the first round of the postseason.

* Duluth East (10-9-3) at No. 7-AA Blaine (15-5-1), 7 p.m.: The perennial Section 7AA power East is down a bit this season, but it has lost just once in its past seven games, a stretch that includes a 1-1 tie against No. 6-AA Elk River.

February 03, 2015

High School Hockey Today | Feb. 3, 2015

Posted by: Feldman

It's hard to believe, but Section 1A hockey playoffs start two weeks from TODAY. Girls hockey playoffs begin TOMORROW. What the ... ? Where did the season go? We love the playoffs, but that also means the season is close to coming to an end, which we do not love. I think the MSHSL should make the hockey season about 7 months long, play maybe 50 games? :)

It's a relatively light schedule of boys games in the area tonight, so we'll get to those games here quickly.

I'm also working on a breakdown of how and why teams should be seeded in the Section 1A and 1AA boys tournaments. The 1AA tournament is pretty cut-and-dried, at least at the top. Section 1A is a big jumble and you can argue for some teams to be seeded in a four- or five-spot range. It's going to make for some really compelling quarterfinal matchups. How would you like to be the No. 1 or No. 2 seed in Section 1A and see Rochester Lourdes roll into your rink for a quarterfinal game? Yikes. DON'T TAKE THAT THE WRONG WAY: That's not saying Lourdes is going to upset a top seed, but, still, if you're a No. 1 seed, Lourdes probably isn't the team you want to start your postseason against.

Anyhow, I hope to have that breakdown of Section 1A and 1AA up here tonight or tomorrow.

On to tonight's games...

TONIGHT'S GAMES

DODGE COUNTY at ROCHESTER LOURDES
7 p.m., Graham Arena
Records: Dodge County 5-14-0 overall, Lourdes 4-14-2
Coaches: Dodge County, Eric Hofmann; Lourdes, Josh Spaniol
Last meeting: Lourdes beat Dodge County 6-1 on Dec. 28, 2010, in a quarterfinal game of the Kiwanis Festival at Graham Arena. Jason Samuelson had five goals for Lourdes; Tanner Keller scored for Dodge County.
Last game: Dodge County lost to Windom Area, 4-2, on Saturday; Lourdes beat Blake 2-0 on Saturday. Jack Burkel had a 27-save shutout and Logan Olson scored the game-winning goal.
Team leaders: DODGE CO. -- So. F Nic Leisen (10-10--20); Jr. F Drew Kirmse (10-7--17); Sr. F Chris Roberts (6-9--15); Sr. G Joe Biwer (3-7-0, 4.02 GAA, .852 save pct.); Sr. G Mitch Sobotta (1-7-0, 4.02, .874). LOURDES -- So. F Tucker Chapman (13-4--17); Jr. F Peter Alexander (2-12--14); Jr. F Mason Carstens (6-4--10); Sr. D Dakota Streit (2-7--9); Sr. G Jack Burkel (3-13-2, 2.84, .903). 
Notes: Lourdes plays four of its final five games at home and could greatly improve its positioning in the Section 1A tournament seeding process. It plays three more games against section opponents, Saturday vs. New Prague, Feb. 10 at Albert Lea and Feb. 12 vs. Red Wing. ... Burkel is 15 saves away from 500 this season. ... Burkel's shutout vs. Blake on Saturday was his third of the season. ... Dodge County is attempting to snap a four-game losing streak. ... Leisen, just a sophomore, has four power-play goals and one game-winning goal this season. 

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MANKATO EAST at ROCHESTER MAYO
7:30 p.m., Graham Arena
Records: East 6-6-0 Big Nine, 11-10-0 overall; Mayo 9-4-0, 13-7-1.
Coaches: East, Adam Fries; Mayo, Lorne Grosso
Last meeting: Mayo beat East, 8-0, on Feb. 3, 2014, at Graham Arena. Austyn Renn had a hat trick and an assist for Mayo.
Last game: East lost at LeSueur-Henderson/St. Peter, 6-3, on Jan. 27; Mayo lost at Mankato West, 3-2, on Saturday.
Team leaders: EAST -- Sr. F Grayson Gavin (37-24--61); Jr. F Judd Schulz (18-39--57); So. F Hunter Johnson (8-14--22); Sr. D Brandon Adams (6-12--18); G Jack Cusey (9-8-0, 3.04 GAA, .894 save pct.). MAYO -- So. F Anthony Oliveto (25-11--36); Sr. F Logan Haskins (14-21--35); Sr. F Ethan Moore (10-18--28); Sr. F Austyn Renn (8-10--18); Sr. G Chris Wileman (13-7-1, 2.89, .874).
Notes: East is seeking its first season above .500 since 2005-06, when it finished 15-14-1 and advanced to the Class A state tournament. ... East's Gavin leads the Big Nine Conference in goals (37) and points (61). He is tied for third in the state in goals and fifth in the state in points. ... Schulz is ranked ninth in the state in total points. ... This game is worth four points in the Big Nine standings. Mayo needs a victory to keep its slim hopes of a conference title alive. ... Mayo's Oliveto (36 points) and Haskins (35) rank seventh and eighth, respectively, in total points in the conference.

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AREA GAMES

• RED WING at OWATONNA (7:30 p.m., Four Seasons Centre): The Wingers (4-9-1, 5-15-1) and Huskies (5-6-1, 7-11-1) are separated by just two points in the Big Nine Conference standings. Owatonna is in eighth place, Red Wing ninth. ... Wingers senior F and leading scorer Dylan Goggin is on a roll. He has 12 points in the past five games. ... Senior G Adam Defore is 4-1-0 in his past five starts. ... Red Wing is 4-1-0 in its past five games after a 1-14-1 start to the season. ... Owatonna has a busy end to the regular season. It is scheduled to play six games in the next 11 days. ... The Huskies are led by junior F Noah Scheid (8-11--19).

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AROUND THE STATE

No. 3-AA St. Thomas Academy (18-2-0) at No. 3-A Mahtomedi (18-2-2), 7:30 p.m.: STA has just two losses this season, both by one goal (4-3 vs. No. 10 Benilde-SM and 3-2 vs. No. 4 Hill-Murray). 

No. 5-AA Eden Prairie (13-8-0) at No. 10-AA Benilde-St. Margaret's (12-7-2), 7 p.m.: B-SM has won seven of its past eight games, its lone loss in that span a 5-2 setback against No. 7-ranked Blaine.

No. 2-A East Grand Forks (18-3-0) at No. 17-AA Moorhead (12-7-2), 7:30 p.m.: EGF, the defending Class A state champ, hasn't lost in 2015. It's on a 9-game winning streak, including a 3-0 shutout against Warroad on Saturday.

No. 15-AA Holy Family Catholic (12-6-2) at No. 17-A New Prague (14-6-0), 7:15 p.m.: Defending Section 1A champion New Prague is 6-2-0 in its past eight games. It will likely be the top seed in the section tournament, which begins in two weeks. It is 5-0-0 against section opponents with just one game left against a section opponent (Saturday at Rochester Lourdes).

No. 11-A Fergus Falls (15-4-3) at No. 18-A Sartell-St. Stephen (13-5-2), 7:15 p.m.: The 11th-ranked Otters have lost just once in their past 10 games. ... Fergus Falls has three shutouts in its past five games. ... S-SS leading goalie Taylor Marthaler is 9-1-0 with a 1.40 GAA and a .917 save pct., and three shutouts.

January 31, 2015

High School Hockey Today | Saturday, Jan. 31

Posted by: Feldman

The biggest boys hockey game in the area today takes place in Mankato at 7:30 tonight.

Rochester Mayo travels to Mankato West in a four-point Big Nine Conference game that has big implications in the race for the conference championship. The title won't be decided tonight, regardless of which team wins, but both teams will have a much better idea of what has to happen in order for them to claim a Big Nine title.

Mayo is in a three-way tie for third place in the Big Nine with Rochester John Marshall and Northfield. All three teams five points behind conference-leading West and four points behind second-place Faribault. Mayo has a leg up against JM and Northfield, though. The Spartans still have 16 points to play for in the conference standings; JM has 12 points to play four, Northfield just 8.

West (11-2-1 Big Nine, 12-6-1 overall) has 27 points entering tonight's game; Faribault (11-3-0, 14-4-1) has 26 points. Mayo (9-3-0, 13-6-1), JM (8-4-0, 11-9-0) and Northfield (8-6-2, 11-7-2) all have 22 points.

Let's look at today's games...

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ROCHESTER MAYO at MANKATO WEST
7:30 p.m., All Seasons Arena, Mankato
Records: Mayo 9-3-0 Big Nine, 13-6-1 overall; West 11-2-1, 12-6-2.
Coaches: Mayo, Lorne Grosso; West, Curtis Doell
Last meeting: West beat Mayo 6-3 on Feb. 8, 2014, at All Seasons Arena in Mankato.
Last game: Mayo lost to Lakeville South 6-2 on Tuesday; West lost to Red Wing 5-2 on Thursday
Team leaders: MAYO — So. F Anthony Oliveto 24-11—35; Sr. F Logan Haskins 14-21—35; Sr. F Ethan Moore 10-18—28; Sr. F Austyn Renn 8-9—17; Jr. D Nick Norby 4-10—14; Sr. G Chris Wileman 13-6-1, 2.88, .875. WEST — Sr. F Austin Langworthy 22-16—38; So. D Kyle Looft 8-23—31; Sr. F Christian Klemme 11-18—29; So. F Jimmy Miller 6-18—24; G Conor Wollenzien 11-6-2, 2.39, .917.
Notes: West's Langworthy has seven points in the past three games. … West's loss to Red Wing on Thursday snapped an eight-game unbeaten streak. … Oliveto and Haskins are tied for the scoring lead among Rochester players. … Haskins recently topped the 100-career point mark; he now has 105 for his three-year high school career.

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ROCHESTER CENTURY at ALBERT LEA
1 p.m., Albert Lea City Arena
Records: Century 7-5-0 Big Nine, 10-7-2 overall; Albert Lea 5-8-0, 8-11-0
Coaches: Century, Josh Klingfus; Albert Lea, Roy Nystrom
Last meeting: Century beat Albert Lea 4-2 on Feb. 8, 2014, at Graham Arena
Last game: Century beat Northfield 3-2 in OT on Thursday; Albert Lea lost to Faribault 2-1 on Thursday
Team leaders: CENT — Sr. F Jake Roth 14-14—28; Sr. D Riese Zmolek 11-15—26; Sr. D Alex Ney 10-5—15; Sr. F Ryan Sherden 3-11—14; Sr. F Pat Bower 7-6—13; Fr. G Cole Walter 5-2-0, 2.14, .895; A.L. — Sr. F Alex Claassen 14-13—27; Jr. F Jack Pulley 6-12—18; Jr. F Lucas Hacker 8-3—11; Sr. D Brady Loch 4-7—11; Sr. G Garrett Matz 7-11-0, 2.86, .913.
Notes: This is the only meeting of the season between the teams and is worth four points in the conference standings. … Claassen has nine points in the past five games. He is the only Tiger with double-digit goals this season. … Albert Lea has lost four consecutive games, all by one goal. … Three of Century's past five games have gone to OT, with the Panthers winning two of the three.

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ROCHESTER JOHN MARSHALL at ST. PAUL ACADEMY
5:30 p.m., Drake Arena, St. Paul
Records: Rochester JM 11-9-0 overall; SPA 17-3-0 overall, ranked No. 7 in Class A.
Coaches: JM, Jay Ness; SPA, Bill Owens
Last meeting: N/A
Last game: JM beat Austin 5-0 on Thursday; SPA beat St. Paul Johnson 3-2 in OT on Thursday
Team leaders: JM — So. F Cory Checco 11-16—27; Jr. F Brady Dahl 13-8—21; Jr. F Isaac Lamppa 6-10—16; Sr. F Jake Dravis 5-9—14; Jr. D Josh Frerks 4-8—12; Jr. G Brady Meyers 9-9-0, 2.99, .898. SPA — So. F Matt Dahlseide 16-24—40; Fr. F Dev McCabe 9-25—34; Jr. F Justin Jallen 14-15—29; Jack Johnston 16-12—28; Fr. G Andy Beran 11-0-0, 1.40, .934; Jr. G David Nicholson 6-3-0, 1.63, .926.
Notes: SPA is led almost entirely by underclassmen. It has just two seniors on the roster. … SPA's only losses are to three teams ranked in Class A — No. 8 Duluth Denfeld, No. 4 Breck and No. 3 Mahtomedi. … JM is on a season-best five-game winning streak. … The Rockets have outscored their opponents 23-6 during their winning streak. … JM is 9-3-0 in its past 12 games, with just one of those losses by more than a goal.

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BLAKE at ROCHESTER LOURDES
2 p.m., Graham Arena I
Records: Blake is 6-12-1 overall; Lourdes is 3-14-2.
Coaches: Blake, Jon Sturgis; Lourdes, Josh Spaniol
Last meeting: Blake beat Lourdes 7-1 on Feb. 13, 2014, at Blake Ice Arena in Hopkins
Last game: Blake lost to St. Paul Academy 5-2 on Tuesday; Lourdes lost at Minnehaha Academy 4-3 on Thursday
Team leaders: BLAKE — Sr. F Mark Lyman 14-6—20; So. F Johnny Hartfiel 3-14—17; Jr. F Johnny Ferguson 10-6—16; Fr. G Andrew Dietrich 5-8-0, 3.13, .871; LHS — So. F Tucker Chapman 13-4—17; Jr. F Peter Alexander 2-11—13; Sr. D Dakota Streit 2-7—9; Jr. F Mason Carstens 6-3—9; Sr. G Jack Burkel 2-13-2, 3.01, .898.
Notes: Blake has just three seniors on its roster. … Alexander has four points in the past five games for Lourdes, including both of his goals this season. … Blake has won just once in its past seven games, a 2-1 win at Providence Academy on Jan. 24. … Eight of the Eagles' 14 losses have come by one goal.

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AREA GAMES

• Red Wing at Austin (1 p.m., Riverside Arena): The Wingers (4-15-1) are playing well, having knocked off Big Nine Conference-leading Mankato West 5-2 on Thursday. Red Wing has seven one-goal losses this season and has played seven OT games. … Red Wing and Austin (3-16-1) played to a 5-5 tie back on Dec. 11 in Red Wing. That is Austin's only point in the conference standings this season. … Austin is on a six-game losing skid, though four of those losses have come by just one goal.

Windom Area at Dodge County (1 p.m., Dodge Co. Ice Arena): Windom Area is 6-15-0 overall, Dodge County is 5-13-0. … Windom is led by senior D Jack Mellstrom (9-22—31) and junior F Devin Nielson (15-11—26). … Dodge County is led by sophomore F Nic Leisen (10-10—20) and junior F Drew Kirmse (10-7—17). … Dodge County is 1-4-0 in its past five games; Windom is 2-3-0.

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AROUND THE STATE

No. 2-A East Grand Forks (17-3-0) at No. 14-A Warroad (11-11-1), 4:15 p.m.: Warroad is coming off an emotional loss to its top rival, Roseau, 3-2 on Tuesday. EGF has won eight consecutive games, allowing just 10 total goals in that span.

No. 1-AA Lakeville North (20-0-0) at No. 19-AA Lakeville South (11-7-1), 5:30 p.m.: North became the first team in the state to 20 wins when it shut out Rosemount 6-0 on Thursday. South has won four in a row and six of its past seven. These teams will very likely be the top two seeds in the Section 1AA tournament.

No. 4-AA Hill-Murray (14-6-0) at No. 11-AA White Bear Lake (15-4-0), 7:15 p.m.: WBL opened its season on a nine-game winning streak and is just 6-4-0 since then. WBL is led by senior F Tom Giller (17-25—42), who has 10 points in the past five games. WBL goalie Robert Parenteau is 10-4-0 with a 1.69 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage. He also has four shutouts this season.

 

 

 

January 27, 2015

High School Hockey Today | Tuesday, Jan. 27 (The It's Good To Be Back edition)

Posted by: Feldman

It feels like months since we've had a HSHT post on here, which really stinks since it's supposed to be an almost-daily feature! I'm back now, after two weeks in NoDak, staying with family after my mother passed away. Those things are never easy, but it's an unfortunate part of life. I'm thankful to have a great family and to be able to come back to a job that I love.

If there's one thing my mom taught me from a young age, it's that you need to do something you love. Money is great, but being able to enjoy going to work every day is even better.

OK, let's get back to business. Four games tonight involving area teams, including one really big game with playoff seeding implications. Here we go...

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LAKEVILLE SOUTH at ROCHESTER MAYO
7:30 p.m., Graham Arena I
Records: No. 20-ranked Lakeville South is 9-7-1; Mayo is 13-5-1.
Coaches: South, Kurt Weber; Mayo, Lorne Grosso
Last meeting: South beat Mayo 6-3 on Jan. 28, 2014, at Hasse Arena in Lakeville. The score was tied 2-2 after two, but South rattled off four consecutive goals in the third to pull away.
Last game: South beat Shakopee 10-1 on Saturday; Mayo beat Winona 10-3 on Saturday.
Team leaders: SOUTH: Jr. F Nick Swaney (15-25—40); Sr. F Nick Oelrich (15-16—31); Fr. D Jack Olsen (11-17—28); Jr. G Kyle McKinney (5-1-0, 0.83, .964); Sr. G Daniel Swail (4-6-1, 3.05, .879). MAYO: So. F Anthony Oliveto (23-11—34); Sr. F Logan Haskins (14-20—34); Sr. F Ethan Moore (10-17—27); Sr. F Austyn Renn (8-9—17); Sr. G Chris Wileman (13-5-1, 2.72, .880).
Notes: This is a key game for both teams in terms of Section 1AA tournament seeding. A Mayo loss would leave it in position to likely be a No. 4 or 5 seed, which would put it in the same half of the bracket as top-ranked Lakeville North. A Mayo victory would put it in the driver's seat for the No. 3 seed in the section. ... South's Nick Swaney and Nick Oelrich combined for 11 points in Saturday's win vs. Shakopee. Swaney had a goal and five assists; Oelrich two goals and three assists. ... Three Mayo players — Max Billings, Logan Haskins and Anthony Oliveto — had hat tricks in Saturday's win against Winona.

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CENTURY at FARIBAULT
7:30 p.m., Faribault Ice Arena
Records: Century 6-4-0 Big Nine, 9-6-2 overall; Faribault 9-3-0, 12-4-1.
Coaches: Century, Josh Klingfus; Faribault, Dean Weasler.
Last meeting: Century beat Faribault 7-2 on Feb. 1, 2014, at Graham Arena IV. Hayden Ashworth and Jake Roth had four points in the game and Riese Zmolek had three.
Last game: Century lost to Mankato West 4-1 on Saturday; Faribault lost 3-0 at Northfield on Monday.
Team leaders: CENT: Sr. F Jake Roth (14-14—28); Sr. D Riese Zmolek (11-14—25); Sr. F Ryan Sherden (3-10—13); Sr. D Alex Ney (9-4—13); Sr. G Joey Pundt (3-4-2, 2.56, .887); Fr. G Cole Walter (4-2-0, 2.17, .898). FARIBO: Sr. F Christan Von Ruden (17-23—40); Sr. F Tyler Becker (14-24—38); Sr. F Austin Lewis (20-13—33); Jr. G Adam Johannsen (7-1-0, 2.26, .930); Sr. G Chase Batchelder (5-2-1, 2.41, .904).
Notes: This is the only meeting of the season between these teams, which means it's worth four points in the conference standings. … Von Ruden, Becker and Lewis form the second-highest scoring trio from any team in the Big Nine, behind Mankato East's top line. ... Century opened the season on a three-game winning streak. Since then, it hasn't won more than two in a row or lost more than two in a row. … Starting tonight, Century plays five of its final eight games on the road. … Zmolek and Roth both have seven points in the past four games.

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ROCHESTER JOHN MARSHALL at WINONA
7:30 p.m., Bud King Ice Arena
Records: Rochester JM 6-4-0 Big Nine, 9-9-0 overall; Winona 3-11-0, 4-16-0.
Coaches: Rochester JM, Jay Ness; Winona, Fran McDevitt.
Last meeting: Rochester JM beat Winona 3-1 on Dec. 11 in Rochester. Jack Zinser, Isaac Lamppa and Brady Dahl scored in the second period for the Rockets.
Last game: JM beat Owatonna 3-2 on Saturday; Winona lost at Rochester Mayo on Saturday, 10-3.
Team leaders: JM: So. F Cory Checco (8-14—22); Jr. F Brady Dahl (12-8—20); Jr. Isaac Lamppa (5-8—13); Sr. F Jake Dravis (5-7—12); Jr. G Brady Meyers (8-9-0, 3.17, .896). WIN: Sr. F Michael Lubahn (13-10—23); Sr. F Cal Thompson (7-7—14); Sr. F Nick Hoven (8-3—11); Jr. G Matt Schoh (3-11-0, 5.20, .878); Jr. G Cassidy Cyert (1-5-0, 5.06, .830).
Notes: JM is on a three-game winning streak, its longest of the season. ... A victory tonight would put JM over the .500 mark for the first time since the final game of the 2012-13 regular season, Feb. 16, 2013, when the Rockets were 13-12-0. … Winona has lost three in a row and six of its past seven.

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AREA GAME

Northfield at Red Wing (7 p.m., Prairie Island Arena): The two newest members of the Big Nine Conference meet for the second time this regular season. Northfield won at home, 3-0, on Jan. 3. Red Wing (3-14-1) has won two in a row and is coming off its biggest win of the season, a 3-2 OT victory against Albert Lea. Northfield (10-6-2) has won three of its past four, including snapping Faribault's seven-game unbeaten streak with a 3-0 victory against the Falcons on Monday.

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AROUND THE STATE

No. 13-A Warroad (11-10-1) at Roseau (9-9-1), 7:30 p.m.: It doesn't matter what the records or rankings say — or if one or both of these teams are unranked — when they face each other, it's THE game to watch in the state. Roseau won the first meeting this season against its oldest rival, 3-2 at Warroad on Jan. 8.

No. 5-AA Minnetonka (11-7-1) at No. 18-AA Prior Lake (11-6-1), 7 p.m.: Skippers look to snap a two-game skid, having lost back-to-back against No. 7 Wayzata and No. 2 Edina.

No. 15-A Fergus Falls (14-4-3) at No. 12-A St. Cloud Apollo (13-3-2), 7:15 p.m.: Apollo has won 12 of its past 13 since a 5-3 loss at Fergus Falls on Dec. 11. Apollo's lone loss in that stretch was a 2-1 setback to No. 5 Alexandria a week ago.

No. 14-AA Cretin-Derham Hall (11-4-3) at No. 4-AA St. Thomas Academy (16-2-0), 7:30 p.m.: STA's lineup features three players with 45 or more points, while C-DH doesn't have a player with 30.

No. 19-AA Stillwater Area (14-5-0) at No. 4-A Mahtomedi (17-2-1), 7:30 p.m.: Mahtomedi's only losses this season came against highly-rated Class AA teams, No. 3 Hill-Murray and No. 4 St. Thomas Academy.

January 16, 2015

PHERSY AND FATIS SHOW: Keep on moving edition

PHERSY: The Phersy and Fatis Show returns today. We break down last weekend's victories and look ahead to this weekend's two-game set.

The Ice Hawks hit the road Friday night for a 7 p.m. game against the Steele County Blades in Owatonna. They host the Energy at 7:05 p.m. Saturday back at the Rec Center. Yet another big weekend for the boys.

Enjoy the show!

PhersyAndFatis011515

 

January 10, 2015

High School Hockey Today | Jan. 10, 2015

Posted by: Feldman

If you want to watch some high school hockey, today's your day. You have five area games to pick from, including three in Rochester.

A few other notes before we get into today's games:

* There will be a cool event at the Rochester Rec Center this Wednesday night from 7-9 p.m. Again, I'll have more in the paper this week about it, but the Rochester Raiders adapted floor hockey team will take on the Minnesota Wild Sled Hockey team in a Sled Hockey game from 7-8 p.m.

Following the game, from 8-9 p.m., anyone interested can get in a sled and try it out. 

The Minnesota Wild sled team is part of the Minnesota Sled Hockey Association, which would like to set up a team in Rochester. Kasson native Eric Rud, who played for the Raiders during his high school days, is the President of the MSHA. Here's a story I wrote about Rud and sled hockey back in 2012, when it was a part of the Return of the Robin tournament.

* We're a week away from Hockey Day Minnesota '15. Lourdes will face St. Paul Academy at 7:30 p.m. at the site of the televised games, Holman Field in St. Paul. The Lourdes-SPA game won't be on TV, but should still be a good time. The site might not be as picturesque as last year's at Handke Pit in Elk River, but Holman Field is a pretty sweet location to play some games. Plus, it's an easy drive from Rochester, a little over an hour.

I'll have more previews of HDM 15 here and in the P-B print edition next week, leading up to the games. For now, you can find all the info you need at hockeydaymn2015.com or on the Wild's Hockey Day site.

Rochester John Marshall will also play an outdoor game on HDM '15, at Coon Rapids. I'll have a preview of that game in the P-B this week, too. Here's a pic of the JM crew after a recent outdoor practice.

JM outdoors

All right, on to today's games...

No. 12-A DELANO/ROCKFORD at ROCHESTER LOURDES
2 p.m., Graham Arena
Records: Delano 10-3-0 overall; Lourdes 2-10-1
Coaches: Delano, Gerrit van Bergen; Lourdes, Josh Spaniol
Last meeting: Delano beat Lourdes 3-1 on Jan. 11, 2014, at the Delano Area Sports Arena
Last game: Delano beat Waconia 6-1 on Thursday; Lourdes lost to Verona (Wis.) 3-2 in the Kiwanis/Home Federal Festival on Dec. 31. 
Team leaders: Delano -- Soph. F Ben Meyers (7-14--21); Sr. F Daniel Keranen (12-9--21); Sr. F Adam Eskola (6-9--15); Sr. G Tyler Rizzardi (10-3-0, 2.33 GAA, .913 save pct.). Lourdes -- 
Notes: Both teams have top-notch goalies, who have played nearly every minute this season. ... Delano's only losses this season came against No. 5-ranked Breck, No. 3 East Grand Forks and Notre Dame Academy, the No. 3-ranked team in Wisconsin. ... Lourdes game against Red Wing, which was postponed because of inclement weather on Thursday, has been reschduled for 7 p.m. Jan. 12 at Graham Arena. ... Lourdes plays nine of its final 12 regular season games at home. 

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EVELETH-GILBERT at ROCHESTER MAYO
3 p.m., Graham Arena I
Records
: Eveleth-Gilbert 6-7-1 overall; Mayo 10-3-0.
Coaches: E-G, Jeff Torrel; Mayo, Lorne Grosso
Last meeting: N/A
Last game: E-G lost at Albert Lea 5-1 on Friday; Mayo lost to Hibbing/Chisholm 6-2 on Friday at Graham I.
Team leaders: E-G: Jr. F Nick Przybylski (11-10--21); Sr. F Zach Skelton (11-9--20); Sr. F Sam Roberts (6-5--11); Sr. G Chad Hietala (2-5-0, 3.92, .880); Jr. G Danny Niemi (3-2-1, 2.76, .896). Mayo -- So. F Anthony Oliveto (16-8--24); Sr. F Logan Haskins (9-14--23); Sr. F Ethan Moore (9-12--21); Sr. G Chris Wileman (10-3-0, 2.46, .898).
Notes: Mayo had its seven-game winning streak snapped Friday by Hibbing/Chisholm. ... After today, the Spartans have just one non-conference game remaining -- a key Section 1AA matchup against Lakeville South on Jan. 27 at Graham Arena. ... Oliveto has 13 points (including nine goals) in the past six games. ... Eveleth-Gilbert is 1-6-1 since a 5-1-0 start.

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FARIBAULT AT ROCHESTER JOHN MARSHALL
3 p.m., Rochester Recreation Center
Records
: Faribault 6-2-0 Big Nine Conference, 9-3-0 overall; Rochester JM 4-2-0, 6-7-0
Coaches: Faribault, Dean Weasler; JM, Jay Ness
Last meeting: JM beat Faribault 5-1 on Jan. 28, 2014, at the Rochester Rec Center.
Last game: Faribault beat Red Wing 9-4 on Tuesday; JM beat Northland Pines (Eagle River, Wis.) 5-2 on Dec. 31 in the third-place game of the Kiwanis/Home Federal Festival at Graham Arena.
Team leaders: Faribault -- Tyler Becker (11-20--31); Christan Von Ruden (12-17--29); Austin Lewis (13-11--24); G Chase Batchelder (5-2-0, 2.37 GAA, .900 save pct.); G Adam Johannsen (4-1-0, 2.07, .937). JM -- So. F Cory Checco (7-11--18); Jr. F Brady Dahl (9-6--15); Jr. F Isaac Lamppa (5-5--10); Jr. G Brady Meyers (6-7-0, 3.46 GAA, .892 save pct.).
Notes: This is the only meeting of the season between these teams; it's a 4-point game in the conference standings. ... The Falcons have won three consecutive games and seven of their past eight. JM has won four of its past six. ... Checco has seven points in the past four games. ... Meyers

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AREA GAMES

* Richfield at Dodge County (Noon, Dodge Co. Ice Arena, Kasson): This is the third meeting of the season between the teams. Dodge County has won the previous two by a combined score of 14-5. ... D.C. is 4-10-0; Richfield 2-11-0. ... Richfield is led by Sr. D Bailey Olson (8-11--19). ... D.C. is led by Jr. F Andrew Kirmse (6-5--11) and Soph. F Nic Leisen (6-5--11). ... The D.C. boys will be raising funds for cancer research at today's game. They will deliver a check during the Eagles Cancer Telethon next week.

 

January 08, 2015

PHERSY AND FATIS SHOW: Back 2015 style

PHERSY: After a brutally long hiatus, the Phersy and Fatis Show returns today. Check out the new format and let us know what you think. Bumper music ... we're really classing up this joint.

Anyway, plenty to talk about. We address injuries, last weekend's games and the slate ahead this weekend.

The Ice Hawks are home at 7:05 p.m. Friday against the Hudson Crusaders (second in MnJHL standings). And then Saturday they're at the lowly Minnesota Owls.

So, enjoy the show. We'll try to continue to add some class to our programing in the near future...

PhersyAndFatis010815

 

January 06, 2015

High School Hockey Today | Jan. 6, 2015

Posted by: Feldman

All four of Rochester's boys hockey teams took a break from game action after last week's Kiwanis/Home Federal Festival at Graham Arena. Mayo and Century took six days off, while John Marshall is still amid a 10-day break (the Rockets return to action on Saturday), and Lourdes is off until Thursday.

Mayo and Century jump right back into a big-game situation, at least in terms of the Big Nine Conference standings. There are seven teams within two points of first place right now. Mayo is atop the conference with 12 points, while Century is in a pack with 10 points.

The rivals meet for the 49th time, tonight at Graham Arena IV at 7:30 p.m. Let's take a look at tonight's games:

MAYO at CENTURY
7:30 p.m. tonight, Graham Arena IV
Records: Mayo 5-1-0 Big Nine, 9-2-0 overall; Century 4-2-0 Big Nine, 7-4-2 overall
Coaches: Mayo, Lorne Grosso; Century, Josh Klingfus
Last meeting: Mayo beat Century 6-3 on Feb. 15, 2014.
Last game: Mayo beat New Richmond, Wis., 6-4 in the championship game of the Kiwanis/Home Federal Festival on Dec. 31; Century beat Park-Cottage Grove, 4-3, in the consolation championship of the Kiwanis Festival.
Team leaders: Mayo -- Soph. F Anthony Oliveto (15-6--21); Sr. F Logan Haskins (7-12--19); Sr. F Ethan Moore (7-11--18); Sr. F Austyn Renn (5-5--10); Sr. G Chris Wileman (9-2-0, 2.09 GAA, .909 save pct.); Century -- Sr. F Jake Roth (11-10--21); Sr. D Riese Zmolek (8-10--18); Sr. F Pat Bower (6-5--11); Sr. F Sam Batterson (6-4--10); Sr. D Alex Ney (7-3--10); Sr. G Joey Pundt (2-4-2, 2.51 GAA, .892 save pct.).
Notes: Century holds a slim lead in the all-time series 24-23-1. ... Mayo has won five consecutive meetings against Century and eight of the past 10. ... Mayo has won six consecutive games, including all three at last week's Kiwanis Festival, where the Spartans captured their first tournament championship since 1998. ... Century also went unbeaten in the Festival, going 2-0-1 and capturing the consolation title. ... Three of Century's four losses have come by one goal; the other by two goals. The Panthers have played four OT games. ... Century has 12 games remaining, 11 against conference opponents.

DODGE COUNTY at AUSTIN
7:30 p.m. tonight, Riverside Arena
Records: Dodge County 4-9-0 overall; Austin 2-10-1 overall
Coaches: Dodge County, Eric Hofmann; Austin, Erik LaRock
Notes: The Wildcats and Packers split a pair of one-goal games last season, with each team winning at the other's home rink. ... This is the only meeting of this season between the teams. ... Dodge County has won two of its past four games and is coming off a 5-1 victory against Ashwaubenon (Wis.) in the seventh-place game of the Kiwanis Festival in Rochester last week. ... Austin picked up its first two wins of the season last week at the Waseca Holiday Classic, beating Pine City/Rush City 10-3 and St. Paul Highland Park 5-2.

RED WING at FARIBAULT
7:30 p.m. tonight, Faribault Ice Arena
Records: Red Wing 0-7-1 Big Nine, 1-12-1 overall; Faribault 5-2-0 Big Nine, 8-3-0 overall
Coaches: Red Wing, Bob Rajanen; Faribault, Dean Weasler.
Notes: Faribault has won six of its past seven games, including going 2-1 at last week's Roseau Holiday Classic. ... The Falcons are led by three senior forwards -- Tyler Becker (8-18--26), Christan Von Ruden (10-14--24) and Austin Lewis (11-10--21). ... Falcons goalies Chase Batchelder and Adam Johannsen have split time equally. Batchelder is 4-2-0 with a 2.07 GAA and a .907 save pct. Johannsen is 4-1-0 with a 2.07 GAA and a .907 save pct. ... Red Wing won its first game of the season -- after six one-goal losses -- on Dec. 23, a 5-1 win vs. Monticello. ... The Wingers are led by senior goalie Adam Defore (1-12-1, 4.21, .870) and sophomore F Tyler Defore (8-7--15).

December 29, 2014

BLOG: Kiwanis Festival previews; more on @DCWildcatsboys hockey captain @ColinSherden

Posted by: Feldman

As I begin typing this, we're less than an hour away from the opening puck drop of the 2014 Kiwanis/Home Federal boys hockey Festival. It's one of the best times of the year for local hockey fans. Three straight days of hockey, close to 12 hours each day. 

As I wrote in today's paper, it's tough to pick a favorite in either division this year.

Eau Claire Memorial, the No. 5-ranked team in Wisconsin, might seem like a favorite in the Blue Division. But, the Old Abes will have to go through Verona, the defending Wisconsin state champ; Rochester Lourdes, which ECM beat just 3-1 in the season opener last month; and Fargo South, whose only losses are to Minnesota Section 8AA power Moorhead and a one-goal setback to Grand Forks Red River, the top-ranked team in North Dakota.

As for the Gold Division (formerly the AA division), this seems like as good of a year as any for a Rochester team to win the championship. Rochester Mayo has the best record in the field (6-2-0), though Rochester John Marshall (4-6-0) enters the tournament on a two-game winning streak, with both victories against Big Nine Conference teams that had been playing well, Northfield and Rochester Century. As for Century (5-4-1), the Panthers are a talented group who have lost three times by one goal (their other loss was a two-goal set back to state-ranked Farmington). It won't be an easy path for any of those teams, though, with defending champ Northland Pines and a 4-2-0 New Richmond team also in the field. Dodge County has played well in its past two games, too.

Here are some links to more tournament preview info. that was in the P-B on Saturday:

* A list of the past Festival champions, and this year's Festival schedule

* A team-by-team preview of the Festival

* A profile story on Dodge County senior forward and team captain Colin Sherden, who suffered broken vertebrae and spine injuries during a football game nearly 16 months ago. After some tremendous surgeons at Mayo Clinic Hospital performed surgeries, Sherden was up doing homework within a week and back in the weight room within a month.

The story on Sherden and the bond he formed with Dodge County coach Eric Hofmann could've been twice as long as it ended up. I talked with both Sherden and Hofmann for about 8 minutes before we even got around to talking about his role on the hockey team and what type of player he is. 

In light of that, here are the transcripts of the interviews with Sherden and Hofmann. Enjoy the Kiwanis Festival if you make it over to Graham.

Dodge County senior F Colin Sherden:

What's it like to be back on the ice, when you thought you might never skate again?
 
A year and a half ago I never thought this would be possible again. But I have been blessed with a good supporting cast around me, good family, good teammates, good coaches 

 

Do you remember the play? (In a game against P-E-M)
 
It was a spread-wide, 11 follow; it was a low snap and I had my head down and got hit with a shoulder to the top of my head, pushed my head down
 
What was the feeling right away?
 
I remember getting back up to my feet and was going to call the next play, I remember thinking 'it's not that big of a deal.' Then the coaches saw I was stumbling all over the place, so they called a timeout and I walked off the field. I remember being really emotional, and I'm not sure why. Trainers came up to me immediately and did some concussion tests. At first they thought it was a neck strain. They said I had a weird gait and a slow heart rate, so they called an ambulance to the field and that's when I was taken to the E.R.
 
When you found out the diagnosis, what were the emotions like?
 
That was a scary time. I wasn't concerned with the injury itself. I wasn't as concerned right away with the injury, but just thought about not being able to play sports. I remember busting into tears ... my parents were there and were having a tough time with it, too, but it was great to have them there with me.
 
Being able to walk off the field, that was awesome and I tried to keep it in perspective of 'at least I'm alive and walking.' But that kind of wore off and the more I went to football games and hockey games I kept thinking 'OK, I really need this back,' so I started working out harder so I could get back.
 
In terms of your injury, you had a pretty rapid recovery?
 
I had a six-week limit for weight; I could hold 10 pounds and then add 10 pounds each week after that, so it was pretty quick. 
 
Now I look back at it as probably the best thing to ever happen to me. Physically, it wasn't, but it was just what you can learn about life when you go through something like that and who you have around you, who's in your corner. 
 
The thing I missed most was just being with the team. Playing sports is awesome, but just being around the guys is what I missed most.
 
What did it mean to have coach and friends come be with you in the hospital?
 
It meant a lot. When coach came we talked for an hour, not about hockey, but just about every-day stuff. My mom was there; she said that was one of the coolest things she's seen, just like two friends sitting and talking.
 
What does it mean now to have him as a coach and being back on the ice playing for him?
 
I've really learned ... I'm thinking about being a coach when I get older and I'm really going to try to follow the way he coaches. Just the way he cares for his players is pretty unbelievable. We've always had a good relationship, but since that injury, it's taken off. It's a friendship, but it's definitely still a coach-player relationship, too.
 
What does it mean to you to be a captain and have a letter on your sweater?
 
It means a lot, it really does. You're trying your best to get your team name out there and make sure the guys are doing what they're supposed to be doing. It really makes you accountable and responsible.
 
(Being a captain, it's everything...) from housekeeping things to just being the best person and teammate you can possibly be. You want to show the younger guys and even the players in the youth program what it means to be a good man and a good teammate.
 
What kind of coaching do you want to go into? What do you hope to take from coach Hofmann and other coaches?
 
Hockey and football. ... Just communication, being there for your players. (Hofmann) is all business, but at the same time, you know he's a friend to you and you can talk to him about anything. For some players and some kids, they might not have a father figure in their lives, and that's what coach is.
 
Are you a two-sport athlete or something in the spring, too?
 
Two sports, football and hockey.
 
How was football season this fall, especially at the start?
 
It was a fun year, just the chance to play was great. ... I got 10 plays as a QB last year before I got hurt, and our first scrimmage this fall was against (P-E-M). I think I got hit on the first play and that's all it took, I was back into it. After that, it was just football again. And it helped that I had played summer hockey and (had physical contact).
 
How about this hockey season, the way you've seen the team and program grow?
 
This is the year I've had the most fun. This team is really close. We all hang out together and have fun. There aren't a lot of cliques, which would be easy to have happen when you have eight different schools in one program. Our effort -- coach has talked all year about working hard and having a good attitude. That's really starting to catch on.

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Dodge County coach Eric Hofmann

 

Colin, as a person, going through what he's been through. Did you know he had that kind of character?
 
I knew he had leadership qualities and that type of character prior to his injury, but the way he bounced out of it, it just goes to show how deep-rooted his character is. He was never depressed, never down, he was always trying to find the good in it and he was able to make a really good comeback.
 
Even when he was injured last year, he did everything he could to be a part of the team, even if it was just to put a jersey on and be around the team. He was at practices, meetings, team bonding, he started developing into a captain and the man he's turning out to be. It was impressive to see.
 
What do you remember about your hospital visits?
 
I remember taking the elevator ride up, I wasn't sure what I was going to say or how it was going to go. If he'd cry or be happy or mad, but when I got in there, his mom and dad were there, and his older brothers. As soon as I walked in he said "Hi, coach," just like normal. And here's this kid with a big mark running along his neck, you know he's been through hell. He was in good spirits. We didn't talk about sports, just talked about life. He mentioned to me once or twice how upsetting it was for him, that he couldn't play, but there was no negativity. It was a good, positive chat.
 
How did you hear about it?
 
Living in a small town, I had a flurry of text messages that night. We're a co-op of several different schools, so there were players from Byron, K-M and other places that sent me messages saying something had happened to Colin. The next day is when I really found out how severe it was. I got four or five phone calls and at that time, I reached out to Colin's mom and dad about going to see him.
 
How scary was it for you as a coach to know a player was going through that?
 
Anytime one of your players or anyone in your program goes through something like that, the first thing you think about isn't hockey, it's 'how is he going to be for the rest of his life?' It was a very scary time. 
 
Considering his injuries, what does it say about him just to want to come back and play again?
 
It speaks volume of the kind of kid he is now and the man he's becoming. It's incredible, there are so many people who would just roll over and say 'this is it,' maybe be confined to a wheelchair or walking but not playing, but with Colin, there was never any negativity. With him it was always just do whatever he could do, within limits and never pushing it, but he did all his rehab and had good spirits.
 
Most phenomenal about the whole thing is his first scrimmage in football this fall was against the team that he got hurt against. To overcome that mental barrier, that's incredible and inspiring.
 
Do you see some of that with his teammates, too, being impressed and inspired by him?
 
First and foremost, they're friends and they're very happy that he's OK and that he's back playing. He's one of the most respected, if not the most, in that (locker) room, by the players and the coaches, too, just because we all know what he went through. He never plays the 'poor me' card and rarely ever brings it up. 
The team had a meeting last week and he brought up and said 'we have to give full effort and work hard, have fun and have good attitudes, because you never know when it might be your last time or it could be taken from you.' 
 
He talked about becoming a coach. What are the qualities he possesses that will make him a good coach and leader?
 
He's inspiring and is a natural motivator. He has that ability to motivate the guys around him, especially now with his own experiences already as an 18-year-old. He has very good leadership qualities that are raw and that he continually works on and develops. On top of that, his priorities are straight when it comes to life, family, relationships, he really has his head on straight.
 
It says a lot about Colin that we've talked for 8 minutes and haven't talked about him as a player. What type of player is he on the ice; what does he bring that impresses you?
 
He brings those leadership qualities, intensity, energy, always gives 100 percent effort. He's been a defenseman for most of his life. We recently moved him up to forward and he's excelling at that, too. He's versatile and can adapt to different situations without ever questioning the coaches or being upset. He's had a good attitude and worked hard at becoming a good forward.
 
Why the move from defense to forward?
 
We wanted to move a younger forward back to defense, to help him develop better as he can see the plays unfold in front of him. So we thought Colin, with his size, would help add some depth to our forward group. So far it's worked out really well. 
 
He's a playmaker and grinder. We need a guy with good size to get in there and establish a forecheck, protect his center and his other wing, and he does a fantastic job of it. He works hard and has a good frame, he's a good guy to be down deep in the offensive zone.
 
Anything else to add about Colin?
 
Whatever Colin decides to do in life, in general, whether it's coaching or teaching or whatever, I'm very confident he'll be successful.

 

December 18, 2014

High School Hockey Today | Thursday, Dec. 18

Posted by: Feldman

A couple of quick notes before we get into today's games.

* Rochester Lourdes has again been picked to play at the host site of Hockey Day Minnesota. The Eagles will face St. Paul Academy at 7:30 p.m. at Holman Field, the airport near downtown St. Paul. The game will not be televised on FSN, as it will take place at the same time as the Minnesota Wild play host to the Arizona Coyotes at The X as the final live televised game of HDM '15. But it will be a great experience for the Lourdes players, who will participate in the fourth and final game of the day at Holman Field. Here is a link that provides more info about the day's games and ticket pricing. Lourdes lost to Cloquet-Esko-Carlton 4-1 at HDM '14, at the historic Handke Pit in Elk River.

* The Duluth News-Tribune reports today that perennial Class A boys hockey power Duluth Marshall will move up to Class AA beginning next winter. Marshall, a private school with an enrollment of less than 300, will become the smallest Class AA team in the state. It will be required to stay in AA for at least four seasons, but, the school's activities director says "There may be some challenges along the way, but after four years we don’t think we’re going to look back. We’re committed to double A."

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TODAY'S GAMES

WINONA at ROCHESTER CENTURY
7 p.m., Graham Arena 4
Records: Winona 1-5-0 Big Nine, 1-6-0 overall; Century 3-1-0, 4-2-1.
Coaches: Winona, Fran McDevitt (14th season); Century, Josh Klingfus (4th season).
Last meeting: Century beat Winona 1-0 on Jan. 23, 2014, at Winona. Century D Riese Zmolek scored the game's lone goal, a short-handed tally midway through the third period. Winona G Matt Schoh made 41 saves; Century's Joey Pundt had a 21-save shutout.
Last game: WIN -- Sr. Michael Lubahn (5-2--7); Soph. Ty Mannor (2-2--4); Sr. Cal Thompson (3-1--4); Jr. G Matt Schoh (1-4-0, 4.10 GAA, .888 save pct.). ... CENT -- Sr. Jake Roth (8-8--16); Sr. Riese Zmolek (7-5--12); Sr. Sam Batterson (5-3--8); Sr. Pat Bower (4-3--7); Sr. G Joey Pundt (1-2-1, 2.82, .878); Fr. Cole Walter (3-0-0, 1.33, .939).
Notes: Century averages 5.0 goals per game and allows 2.3 per game. ... Winona scores 2.3 goals per game and allows 4.4. ... The Winhawks are on a five-game losing streak since their only win, a 3-2 victory at Austin on Nov. 22. ... Schoh has faced an average of 37.6 shots per game. ... Century's Roth leads the Big Nine Conference in points (16).

ROCHESTER MAYO at RED WING
7 p.m., Prairie Island Arena
Records: Mayo 4-1-0 Big Nine, 4-2-0 overall; Red Wing 0-5-1, 0-9-1.
Coaches: Mayo, Lorne Grosso (48th season); Red Wing, Bob Rajanen (2nd season).
Last meeting: Mayo defeated Red Wing 11-0 on Dec. 14, 2013, at Graham Arena I. Logan Haskins (3G, 1 A) and Tommy Hanson (1G, 3 A) had 4-point games for Mayo.
Last game: Mayo beat Rochester JM 6-2 on Saturday; Red Wing lost 6-2 at South St. Paul on Tuesday.
Team leaders: MAYO -- Sr. Ethan Moore (3-6--9); Sr. Logan Haskins (4-4--8); Soph. Anthony Oliveto (5-3--8); Sr. G Chris Wileman (4-2-0, 2.17 GAA, .899 save pct.). ... RW -- Soph. Tyler Defore (8-5--13); Jr. Sam Hanson (4-5--9); Sr. Dylan Goggin (4-4--8); Sr. G Adam Defore (0-9-1, 4.28 GAA, .875 save pct.).
Notes: Red Wing has lost five games by one goal, including four in overtime. ... Mayo forward J.T. Rein scored his first two varsity goals in the win against JM last Saturday. ... Wileman has played every minute in goal for Mayo this season. ... Tyler Defore is tied for 2nd in the Big Nine Conference in goals scored (8).

ROCHESTER JOHN MARSHALL at NORTHFIELD
7:30 p.m., Northfield Ice Arena
Records: JM 2-2-0 Big Nine, 2-6-0 overall; Northfield 3-1-1, 5-2-1.
Coaches: JM, Jay Ness (4th season); Northfield, Mike Luckcraft (1st season).
Last meeting: N/A
Last game: JM lost to Rochester Mayo 6-2 on Saturday; Northfield won 4-3 at Rochester Lourdes on Tuesday.
Team leaders: JM -- So. Cory Checco (4-7--11); Jr. Brady Dahl (5-4--9); Sr. Jake Dravis (2-2--4); Jr. G Brady Meyers (2-5-0, 4.06 GAA, .881 save pct.). NFLD -- Jr. Ryan Torbenson (6-4--10); Sr. Tanner Ruppe (1-5--6); Sr. Ben Papke (2-4--6); Jr. Erik Bartho (6-0--6); So. G Ryan Bielenberg (3-0-1, 1.97, .931).
Notes: Checco was held without a point in JM's loss to Mayo on Saturday, snapping his streak of 13 consecutive games with a point. ... JM has surrendered the first goal of the game in all eight of its games so far this season. ... Bielenberg and junior Matt Foss have split time evenly in goal so far this season for the Raiders. ... Northfield is 4-0-1 in its past five games with four one-goal victories and a tie.


AREA GAMES
* St. Paul Como Park (8-0-0) at Dodge County (2-6-0) (7 p.m., Dodge Co. Ice Arena, Kasson): Como Park has allowed a total of seven goals in eight games this season, with four shutouts. ... Como is led by Jr. Ian Tully (13-5--18) and Jr. Eliot Berven (8-4--12). ... Sr. G Carter McCoy has played every minute for Como. He is 8-0-0 with a 0.87 GAA and a .962 save pct. ... D.C.'s leading scorer is soph. F Daytin Freerksen (1-4--5). The Wildcats have seven players with four points each.