Bayside Chatter: Hockey season underwayThe Silver Bay boys start their season tomorrow afternoon when they host the Kittson Central Bearcats of Hallock at 1 p.m.
By: Steve Gow, From Silver Bay, Lake County News Chronicle
The Silver Bay boys start their season tomorrow afternoon when they host the Kittson Central Bearcats of Hallock at 1 p.m. The top returning scorer for the Bearcats is senior Markas Dahl, who had 52 points last season as his team went 17-7.
There are three new teams in boys hockey this season and a couple of departures. The Chanhassen Storm has gone solo this year after being in a cooperative with Chaska. Minneapolis East and West have merged into the Minneapolis Novas.
St. Paul Highland Park has resurrected their program. Walker-Hackensack-Akeley, a fairly new program, has merged with Park Rapids. Despite the closing of St. Bernard’s, the St. Paul Saints remain. Meadow Creek Christian is now called Legacy Christian.
In high school now, the blue line must be 64 feet from the goal line, rather than the 60 feet it was in the past. The contact to the head rule now reads “No player shall make contact with an opposing player’s head or neck area in any manner.” It is a minor or major at the discretion of the referee.
There has been a few changes made in the girls hockey schedule. The Jan. 8 game with Ashland has been moved to Jan. 6 at 7 p.m. The Jan. 7 game with Lake of the Woods will be the same date at 8 p.m.
A second home game with Lake of the Woods has been added for the next day at noon and the Jan. 22 game scheduled at Baudette is gone. The girls host the Duluth Northern Stars Thursday evening.
The two players that were tossed from the Silver Bay-Eveleth game for fighting, Nicole Jaeger of the Mariners and Brittney Maki of Eveleth, are cousins.
Bailey Rykken of Babbitt and the Mariners hockey team, received honorable mention to the All-State volleyball team.
Elizabeth “Biz” Huss is tied for second in scoring at Bethel after nine games with a goal and four assists. Libby Guzzo, the captain of the inaugural St. Scholastica women’s hockey team, was featured on the FOX 21 news as the Northern Star of the Week.
Football crowned their state champions last weekend, the last fall sport to do so. Teams finishing the season with a victory were Wayzata in 5A, Totino-Grace in 4A, Rochester Lourdes in 3A, Caledonia in 2A, New Ulm Cathedral in A and Cromwell in nine-man.
The preseason polls for the girls in basketball have the No. 1 teams as Lakeville North in 4A, Benilde-St. Magaret’s in 3A, Braham in 2A, and Barnum in A. Other local teams that were ranked were Esko in AA at No. 8 and Floodwood in A at No. 10.
The Mariners boys began their basketball season last night by hosting Mesabi Academy. The girls host Eveleth-Gilbert tonight in their first game of the season and Fond du Lac Ojibwe Monday.