Bayside Puck ChatterThe holiday tournament season started out with eight unbeaten boys teams and five girls teams. It ended with Cloquet, Hermantown and Holy Angels unbeaten for the boys, and Breck, Crookston, Eden Prairie and Edina for the girls.
By: Steve Gow, Lake County News Chronicle
The holiday tournament season started out with eight unbeaten boys teams and five girls teams. It ended with Cloquet, Hermantown and Holy Angels unbeaten for the boys, and Breck, Crookston, Eden Prairie and Edina for the girls.
Boys' teams that remain with one loss are Duluth Marshall, Edina, Hibbing, Holy Family Catholic, Little Falls, Roseau, Rogers/Zimmerman and St. Cloud Cathedral. For the girls it's only Alexandria.
The Mariner girls ended the holiday season with a record of 6-9 after losing two of three at the Schwan Cup in Blaine. They defeated Mahtomedi 4-3 before falling 2-0 to Eagan and 3-1 to Warroad. The girls did very well in this event as they faced three ranked teams.
Of the Mariner's first 15 games this season, 10 have been against ranked teams. The girls host Lake of the Woods tomorrow afternoon and Duluth on Tuesday evening. The Duluth game should be a great fast- paced game between two evenly matched teams.
The boys won two of three at their own tournament to improve to a record of 6-6. Tuesday they travel to Superior to take on Wisconsin's No. 4 ranked team. Thursday evening they host the Eveleth-Gilbert Golden Bears.
The top five scorers in the state as of Dec. 30, 2006, were Drew LaBlanc, Hermantown, with 46 points, Nico Sacchetti, Virginia, with 45, Jared Festler, Little Falls, at 42, Ben Hanowski, Little Falls, with 40 and Ryan Schmidt, Hermantown, with 37. Each of these are on the Mariner's schedule, and LaBlanc and Schmidt had dads who wore the blue and white of the Bay.
The USA defeated Sweden in overtime to barely advance out of pool play into quarterfinal action of medal play where they'll face Finland. The winner of that gets Canada in the semis, the defending World Junior champion.
The Minnesota Gophers extended their unbeaten streak to a school record 20 games. St. Cloud State extended their streak to 14 games while New Hampshire's ended at 12.
San Francisco's free agent signing of left-handed pitcher Barry Zito to a $126-million, seven-year contract sends the insanity of major league baseball owners to another level. This is a guaranteed contract for a very good pitcher who was around .500 the last 3-4 seasons. It means the Twins will have absolutely no chance to re-sign Johan Santana two years from now.
According to Minnhock.com the top 10 toughest schedules belong to Centennial, White Bear Lake, Moorhead, Duluth East, Roseville, Minnetonka, Cretin-Derham Hall, Wayzata, Maple Grove and Stillwater.
The top 10 in Class A are: 16-Thief River Falls; 22-Breck; 25-Sauk Rapids; 34-St. Thomas Academy; 36-Virginia/MIB; 38-Red Wing; 42-Crookston; 45-Hibbing; 46-East Grand Forks and 48-Fergus Falls.
Other notables are: 12-Cloquet, 14-Holy Angels, 50-Greenway; 60-Denfeld; 65-International Falls; 68-Warroad; 73-Duluth Marshall; 87-Hermantown; 122-Two Harbors; 124-Silver Bay and 125-Ely.
There will be a girls 12U tournament this weekend at Rukavina Arena.