Youth Hockey Roundup
Peewees win title
The Superior Spartans Peewee (Blue) hockey team skated to a first-place finish at the Walker (Minn.) City on the Bay Peewee B Tournament held Saturday and Sunday.
The Spartans defeated Hutchinson (Minn.), 5-2; Bemidji, 4-1; and Park Rapids (Minn.), 3-1 in the championship game.
George Hansen notched a hat trick in the first period of Superior’s opening game against the Hutchinson Tigers.
Forward Carter Leif also scored a goal, and defenseman Max Reed chipped in with two assists and a short-handed goal while Superior was skating at a two-man disadvantage.
In the win over the Bemidji Lumberjacks, the Spartans took a 2-0 lead on goals by Tristan Brennan and Hansen. Superior also got goals from Gordon Shulties, assisted by Reed; and Brodie Raygor, assisted by Riley Lancour and Robert Powell.
Trevor Soderlund picked up the win in goal for the Spartans.
In Sunday afternoon’s championship game, the Park Rapids Panthers looked to have the upper hand early as they jumped out to a 1-0 lead less than three minutes into the game.
“Our guys were hungry and aggressive on Saturday, but I had watched the Panthers play and I knew we were in for a battle,” Spartan coach Brian Raygor said. “And after our boys went full-tilt at the hotel pool on Saturday night, you never know what kind of skaters you’ll have to work with on Sunday.”
Superior pulled even with the Panthers when Reed scored late in the first period with an assist by Hansen, who then gave the Spartans a 2-1 lead with a short-handed goal, assisted by Powell.
Late in the second period Lancour won a faceoff in the Panther zone to defenseman Finnegan Prell, who drove home the eventual game-winning goal.
Assistant coach George Hansen was pleased with the Spartans’ defense all weekend.
“With a stingy defense, and prudent puck-handling, these kids can really hold their own,” Hansen said.
Remaining members of the Spartan squad are Braedyn Schramm, Keyten DeGraef, Keegan Tribbey and Ayden Downs.
The Spartans are coaches by Brian Raygor, Rob Soderlund and George Hansen.
The Spartans will be back action at the Cloquet tournament on Jan. 2–3.
Third place in Willmar
The Superior Bantam A hockey team finished in third place recently in the Willmar (Minn.) Tournament.
Superior defeated Little Falls, Minn., in the third-place game 6-2.
The tournament included teams from St. Paul; Waseca, Minn.; Watertown, S.D.; and West Fargo, N.D.
Team members include Dayton Podvin, Jaxon D’Auria, James Bronson, Taylor Burger, Spencer Gudowski, Gunner Hansen, Tiegan Roden, Kobe Hansen, Ian Johnson, Jakob Holmlund, Sean McCoshen and Nathan Peterson.
The team is coached by Eric Halverson, Phil Karaba and Chris Bachinski. Mike McCoshen is the team’s general manager.
Superior is back in action this weekend with two games at Rice Lake.