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Southeast Tops the Standings

St. Paul Johnson senior Jay Dickman is Minnesota Wild Player of the Week

Team Southeast closed out the Upper Midwest High School Elite Hockey League regular season with a 2-1-0 record during Week 7 action on Oct. 18-23 as it finished atop the league standings with 32 points, four ahead of runner-up Shattuck-St. Mary’s.

Team Southeast’s Jake Guentzel, a Hill-Murray junior, scored three goals and added an assist in a 6-3 triumph over Team Northwest on Oct. 22, in Eau Claire, Wis. Guentzel finished the week with seven points and closed the regular season with 41 points, seven behind regular season scoring champion and Southeast linemate Justin Kloos of Lakeville South.

Kloos, a senior who has committed to play at the University of Minnesota, finished with league highs in both goals 17 and assists 30. Kloos’ 47 points was 13 more than the total posted by 2010 scoring champion Tony Cameranesi of Team Northwest.

Shattuck-St. Mary’s and Team North each went unbeaten as weekend games were split between Eau Claire and Moorhead. Shattuck-St. Mary’s beat Team Northwest 6-2, Team Wisconsin 6-3 and Team Southeast 8-2 as it closed the season on an 11-game win streak.

Shattuck-St. Mary’s finished alone in second place with 28 points despite playing in six fewer games than the rest of the league’s teams. Senior Teddy Blueger led Shattuck-St. Mary’s in scoring in Week 7 with seven points (two goals, five assists). Goaltender Kyle Hayton led the league with a .929 save percentage and 1.88 goals-against average.

Team North beat Team Northeast 6-5, Team Southwest 4-3 and Great Plains 6-3 in weekend games in Moorhead to close the regular season with an 11-6-4 record and seven-game unbeaten streak. Team North earned sole possession of third place with 26 points. Travis Underwood of Grand Rapids had three goals and an assist to lead Team North in scoring. Trevor Olson of Duluth East scored twice in the win over Team Northeast and finished the regular season with a team-best 13 goals.

Team Northeast’s Jay Dickman of St. Paul Johnson scored four goals and added an assist to earn Minnesota Wild Player of the Week honors. Dickman scored twice in Team Northeast’s 7-5 win over Team Southwest on Tuesday. He also scored in a 6-5 loss to Team North and 3-3 tie with Great Plains.

Max Coatta of Minnetonka scored twice in Team Southwest’s 5-1 win over Great Plains on Saturday and he finished alone in second place in the Elite League goal-scoring race with 16.

Bismarck’s Alec Rauhauser, Grand Rapids’ Nate Mondry and Fergus Falls’ Jake Ahlgren scored and Dylan Parker of Duluth East made 39 saves as Great Plains forged a 3-3 tie with Team Northeast to close the regular season.

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Southeast Earns Share of Elite League Championship

Team Southeast clinched at least a share of the Upper Midwest High School Elite League regular season championship with one week remaining by going 2-1-0 during Week 6 action on Oct. 11-16. Team Southeast beat Team Northeast 9-4 on Tuesday at New Hope Ice Arena and concluded the week with an 8-3 triumph over Team Wisconsin on Sunday in New Hope. Sandwiched between those victories was a 5-3 loss to Shattuck-St. Mary’s on Wednesday in Faribault.

With three games remaining in the regular season, Team Southeast (12-3-3) has 28 points. Shattuck-St. Mary’s (10-1-1) and Team Northeast (9-6-3) each have 22 points.

Team Southeast’s Justin Kloos, a senior from Lakeville South who has committed to play at Minnesota, earned Minnesota Wild Player of the Week honors by registering eight assists in the three games. Kloos, the Elite League scoring leader with 42 points, had four assists in the victory over Team Northeast and notched three more assists in the win over Team Wisconsin.

Shattuck-St. Mary’s extended its unbeaten streak to eight games by following its victory over Team Southeast with a 5-2 triumph over Team Northeast on Thursday in Faribault and a 7-3 win over Wisconsin on Saturday, also in Faribault.

Team North also went unbeaten in Week 6, posting a 2-0-1 record in Saturday and Sunday games in Brainerd. Team North beat Great Plains 6-2, tied Team Northwest 5-5 on Saturday and got two goals from Duluth East’s Dom Toninato in Sunday’s 4-3 win over Team Southwest.

Team Northwest, which started the season 6-0-1, has two wins in its last 11 games after going 1-1-1 on Saturday and Sunday in Brainerd. Maple Grove junior defenseman and Notre Dame recruit Jordan Gross, Benilde-St. Margaret’s junior forward Grant Besse and Breck senior Grant Opperman each had six-points for Team Northwest over the weekend.

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2011 Bauer NIT set for Oct. 21-23

The Bauer National Invitational Tournament has become one of the most competitive U19 girls’ tournaments in North America, attracting substantial attention from College Scouts and USA Hockey National Program Scouts. This year’s tournament is at the Fogerty Ice House in Blaine, Minn., on October 21-23.

This year’s tournament field includes three UMHSEL Elite All-Star Teams (made up of best high school players in Minnesota), Shattuck-St. Mary’s U19, Michigan’s Honeybaked U19, Ontario’s Thunder Bay U19, Team Wisconsin U19 and Shattuck-St. Mary’s U16. Pool A and Pool B will each round-robin and then teams will cross-over to meet in the final round.

Tickets are $5. Weekend passes are available for $15. Scout passes and UMHSEL Player Profile Books are on hand. Any Minnesota Youth Hockey Player wearing their association team jersey will get in free.

All games are held at Fogerty Ice House (9250 Lincoln Street NE Blaine, MN 55434 P:763-780-3328). More info on the Bauer NIT and UMHSEL can be found at www.hselitehockey.com.

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One Line, and Moore

Duluth East defenseman Meirs Moore provides Team North with playmaking threat

By Loren Nelson

MN Hockey Hub Editor

The trio of Trevor Olson, Jake Randolph and Dom Toninato accounted for 69 of Duluth East’s 128 regular-season goals last season.

It’s no secret that any game plan built for beating the Greyhounds starts and ends with controlling their top line.

Even that might not be enough.

“All the teams are going to know those are our go-to guys,” Duluth East junior defenseman Meirs Moore said. “But then we’ll try to get the D jumping in trying to make some more plays.”

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Team Northeast Undefeated in Week 5

Colin Hernon of Bloomington Jefferson scored three goals and Zach Thompson stopped 15 shots in a 9-0 victory over Great Plains on Sunday, Oct. 9, at New Hope Ice Arena as Team Northeast completed an undefeated Week 5 in the Upper Midwest High School Elite Hockey League.

Team Northeast opened the week with a 7-4 victory over Team Northwest on Tuesday, Oct. 4, and beat Team Wisconsin 2-0 on Saturday, Oct. 8, behind a 30-save performance from goaltender Nick Malvin of Blaine.

Team Northeast and Shattuck-St. Mary’s, which also went 3-0 during the Elite League’s Showcase Week, each earned a bonus point in the league standings.

Shattuck-St. Mary’s opened Week 5 with a 3-2 triumph over Team Southwest on Wednesday, Oct. 5, as Nicholas Petralla’s third-period goal stood up as the game winner.

Vinni Lettieri of Minnetonka scored three goals and added four assists for Team Southwest as it went 1-1-1 over the week. Lettieri was named the Wild Player of the Week for his efforts. Team Southwest beat Team North 10-4 on Saturday and tied Team Southeast 4-4 on Sunday.

League scoring leader Justin Kloos of Lakeville South scored two goals and added an assist on Sunday as league-leading Team Southeast skated to a 4-4 tie with Team Southwest.

Team Southeast beat Team North 6-3 and lost to Team Northwest 4-3 on Saturday.

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