High School

Team Minnesota Rosters for the 2011 Bauer NIT

TEAM MINNESOTA (RED)  
No. Name Pos. High School Grade Team G A P 
2 Sam Wolfe D Eagan 12 SE 1 6 7
3 Jordan Gross D Maple Grove 11 NW 6 10 16
4 Eric Schurhamer D St. Thomas Academy 12 SE 1 12 13
5 Eli May D Eagan 12 SE 1 8 9
7 Cory Chapman F Burnsville 12 SE 5 10 15
8 Will Merchant F Eagan 12 SE 7 6 13
9 Grant Opperman F Breck 12 NW 13 16 29
10 Justin Kloos F Lakeville South 12 SE 17 30 47 
11 Thomas Lindstrom F Breck 11 NW 7 12 19
12 Grant Besse F Benilde-St. Margaret’s 11 NW 15 17 32
14 Charlie Sampair F Hill-Murray 12 NE 4 5 9
15 Jay Dickman F St. Paul Johnson 12 NE 13 9 22
16 Blake Heinrich D Hill-Murray 11 NE 2 6 8
17 Scott Nelson F Eastview 12 SE 15 7 22
17 Nate Flynn F Hastings 12 SE 4 16 20
18 Dylan Steman F Maple Grove 12 NE 10 15 25
19 Jake Guentzel F Hill-Murray 11 SE 14 27 41
20 Michael Brodzinski D Blaine 11 NW 4 10 14
21 Christian Horn F Benilde-St. Margaret’s 12 NW 11 9 20
 
No. Goalie High School Grade GAA SV%
1 Zach Thompson Duluth Denfeld 11 4.20 .897
30 Bryan Nies Grand Forks Red River 12 3.94 .905
Alt Justin Quale Benilde-St. Margaret’s 11 4.44 .867
 
TEAM MINNESOTA (WHITE) 
No. Name Pos. High School Grade Team G A P 
2 Jared Kolquist D Hermantown 12 N 5 7 12
3 Nate Repensky D Duluth East 12 N 1 10 11
4 Matt Nelson D Edina 11 SW 2 4 6
5 Conor Andrle F Breck 12 SW 10 14 24
6 Eddie Matsushima F Verona 12 WI 9 8 17
7 Jordan Stejskal D Grand Rapids 12 GP 1 4 5
8 Jake Bischoff D Grand Rapids 11 N 4 7 11
9 Kyle Lee F Wausau West 12 WI 10 19 29
10 Lucas Kohls F Forest Lake 11 NE 9 7 16
11 Lou Nanne F Edina 11 SW 7 13 20
12 Jason Ford F Waunakee 12 WI 9 11 20
13 Jake Randolph F Duluth East 12 N 2 7 9
14 Ben Walker F Edina 12 SW 12 11 23
15 Max Coatta F Minnetonka 11 SW 16 11 27
16 Tim Davison D Notre Dame Academy 12 WI 1 11 12
18 Jared Thomas F Hermantown 12 N 7 11 18
19 Vinni Lettieri F Minnetonka 11 SW 14 13 27
20 T.J. Roo F Totino-Grace 11 NW 6 22 28
21 Dom Toninato F Duluth East 12 N 9 14 23
Alt Austin Swingle F St. Cloud Cathedral 11 GP 5 2 7
Alt Meirs Moore D Duluth East 11 N 1 12 13
Alt Terry Leabo D Moorhead 12 GP 2 3 5
 
No. Goalie High School Grade GAA SV%
1 Michael Bitzer Moorhead 12 3.79 .895
35 Dylan Parker Duluth East 11 3.23 .901
 

Southeast Captures Elite League Playoff Crown

Eagan senior forward Nick Kuchera is Minnesota Wild Player of the Week

Eagan senior Nick Kuchera scored four goals and added three assists, and Grand Forks (N.D.) Red River senior Bryan Nies stopped 67 of 69 shots to lead Upper Midwest High School Elite Hockey League regular season champion Team Southeast to three victories and the league’s playoff title on Oct. 28-30 at New Hope Ice Arena in New Hope.

Team Southeast, which went 14-4-3 to win the Elite League’s regular season championship, beat Omaha AAA U18 10-0 in Friday’s quarterfinals, Team Northwest 2-1 in Saturday’s semifinals and Team North 5-1 in Sunday’s championship.

Nies stopped 27 of 28 shots in each of the victories over Team Northwest and Team North. He finished the playoffs with a 0.67 goals-against average and .971 save percentage.

Kuchera scored two goals and added two assists in the win over Omaha. He scored the winning goal late in the third period against Team Northwest and added a goal and an assist in the title-game triumph over Team North. He earned Minnesota Wild Player of the Week for his performance in the playoffs.

Team Northwest won Sunday’s third-place game in thrilling fashion, beating Team Northeast 4-3 in double overtime on a goal by Benilde-St. Margaret’s junior Grant Besse. T.J. Roo of Totino-Grace set up the goal by carrying the puck into the Team Northeast zone, drawing a defender and whipping a pass through the crease at the last moment.

Defenseman Jake Horton of Benilde-St. Margaret’s scored twice in the final half of the third period for Team Northwest as it rallied from a 3-1 deficit.

The consolation final also was settled in double overtime as Matt Nelson, a junior defenseman from Edina, scored just less than three minutes into the second overtime session to give Team Southwest a 6-5 triumph over Great Plains.

In both double-overtime games on Sunday, the teams played four-on-four in the first overtime, which lasted 10 minutes. The second overtime period was set for seven minutes, and the format was 3-on-3.

Great Plains reached the consolation final by winning its first game of the season, a 6-2 consolation round triumph over Team Wisconsin on Saturday. Avery Peterson of Grand Rapids scored twice and Nick Malvin of Blaine made 45 saves in the victory.

Team Wisconsin finished in seventh place with an 8-0 triumph over Omaha on Sunday. Eight players scored goals for Team Wisconsin, and Eddie Matsushima of Verona and Jason Ford of Waunakee each added two assists.

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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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Shattuck U19 Captures 2011 Bauer NIT Title

This year marked the fourth year of the annual Bauer National Invitational Tournament, hosted by the Upper Midwest High School Elite League. Team MN Black fell 4-0 to Shattuck-St. Mary’s U19 team, failing to defend their 2010 championship.

This year’s tourney field was extended to eight teams, including some of the best U19 teams from North America and Canada: three UMHSEL Elite All-Star Teams (MN Red, MN White and MN Black) made up of the best high school players in Minnesota, Shattuck-St. Mary’s U19 and U16, Michigan’s Honeybaked U19, Ontario’s Thunder Bay U19 and Team Wisconsin U19.

Minnesota White and Minnesota Red met in the third-place game, with Minnesota White taking the lead early in the second, outscoring Minnesota Red 3-1. Minnesota White added two more goals in the third to win 6-4. Maddie Woo had a hat trick for Minnesota Red, and Milica McMillen and Megan Wolfe added a pair of goals each for Minnesota White.

Shattuck-St. Mary’s U19 team and Minnesota Black met in the championship game for the second consecutive year. Shattuck scored two goals in the second period, and two goals in the third to win 4-0, claiming their first NIT Championship.

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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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