Here is a weekly recap the top players and top teams in the great hockey state of Minnesota.
The Roseau Rams, in my opinion the best hockey team in Minnesota, beat arch-rival Warroad 7-1. This is the first time they swept the Warriors since 1990. Roseau started the game off with 6 first period goals and outshot Warroad 28-4. Warroad coach Carry Eades said, “Roseau played like a college team, and they really put on an outstanding display of hockey. And we were five chairs and a goaltender.”
Warroad should rebound and make it to the State Tournament but will have there hands full with section 8 foes East Grand Forks, Thief River Falls, and Lake of the Woods. Roseau also hammered the East Grand Forks Green Wave 6-0. Josh Olson led the attack for the Rams scoring 3 goals and adding 2 assists. Linemates Jesse Modahl and Mike Klema added a combined 2 goals and 4 assists. The Rams outshot the Green Wave 41-14. Josh Olson, the 6-4 217 lb. star winger for Roseau is being recruited by Michigan Tech and North Dakota and some other WCHA schools have showed some interest. Olson is ranked 139th by the Central Scouting Bureau.
Hastings another strong team in Class AA hammered Tartan 12-2. Jeff Taffe and Dan Welch, both Minnesota Recruits combined for 9 points. Taffe and Welch are also ranked by the Central Scouting Bureau with Taffe at number 29 and Welch at 103.
On the North Shore Duluth East is struggling coming off a loss to Hermantown ranked #7 in class A where East is ranked #8 in AA. Duluth Marshall is having a successful year being ranked #9 in A. Silver Bay, a small town with a small enrollment is also having a successful season led by senior defenseman John Conboy, ranked 112 by the CSB, who has commited to Minnesota Duluth. Nic Johnson another star for Silver Bay has a shot at going to a D-1 college but may go to the USHL to develop his skills more. Two Harbors has been struggling this year, but have a bright spot in 8th grader Corey Carlson is leading the varsity in scoring. If Carlson continues to develop he could be a top D-1 prospect. Proctor is led by Jay Dardis. The Rails are playing decent hockey but have to beat Hermantown to get to State.
Thief River Falls star Wade Chiodo is has recieved interest from North Dakota and Alaska-Anchorage. Other top players in Minnesota who haven’t accepted a college scholarship are Elk River star Paul Martin, Proctor’s Jay Dardis, Edina’s Jeff Yurecko, Greenway’s Beau Geisler, Hermantown’s Jon Francisco, and Maple Grove’s Dave Iannazzo.
Class AA Rankings
3. Elk River
5. Holy Angels
8. Duluth East
Class A Rankings
2. Benilde-St. Margaret’s
5. St. Louis Park
8. Fergus Falls
9. Duluth Marshall