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ON DECK: Former SHS hockey players enjoy big games Friday night

A number of former Superior High School hockey players enjoyed banner nights Friday by scoring goals for their respective collegiate teams. Unfortunately, a day later, two of the former Spartans suffered injuries which will keep them out of the l...

A number of former Superior High School hockey players enjoyed banner nights Friday by scoring goals for their respective collegiate teams.

Unfortunately, a day later, two of the former Spartans suffered injuries which will keep them out of the lineup for a while.

First the good news from Friday:

l Brett Olson, a junior captain for the Michigan Tech Huskies, scored twice in a 5-3 loss to the Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs at the DECC.

l Mike Sislo, a senior captain for the New Hampshire Wildcats, scored a goal and assisted on another in a 3-0 win over the University of Massachusetts.

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l Pat Dalbec, a freshman forward for the University of Wisconsin-Superior Yellowjackets scored his first collegiate goal in a 3-1 loss at Marian in Fond du Lac.

l Ashley Martin and Ashlee Olson, Brett's younger sister, both scored for the UWS women in a 6-0 win over Finlandia.

Now for the bad news from Saturday:

l Olson suffered a broken finger while blocking a shot during Saturday's game. He'll know how much time he'll miss after meeting with doctors this week.

l While the UWS women were completing a sweep of Finlanda, Martin found herself watching from the sidelines after injuring a shoulder. She was wearing a sling around campus Monday and is expected to miss at least the next two series.

There was also a bit of good news on Saturday as Sislo scored a goal in New Hampshire's 3-3 tie with U-Mass to up his point total to eight points on the season with five goals and three assists.

His goal Saturday came at 4:17 of the first period as the Wildcats moved to 5-1-3 overall and 3-0-2 in the Hockey East Conference.

Olson, who currently has four goals and three assists for the Huskies (3-4-2, 1-4-1), will be missed by his team.

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"He's been a great player since day one and is a very important part of our team," Michigan Tech coach Jamie Russell said. "We put him in every key situation and he's on our No. 1 power play."

Olson's first goal helped Tech take a 2-0 lead on UMD Friday night before 5,035 fans at the DECC.

The Bulldogs scored the next five goals before Olson finished the scoring when his second goal of the game went off the leg of a Bulldog defenseman and slid past the UMD goaltender with 1:49 remaining.

"It's disappointing to come out and play the way we did after playing so well for two periods," Olson said. "There's always things you can do better, like when I missed a short-handed chance when I put the shot off the goaltender's shoulder. You have to capitalize on those chances, especially against a team like UMD."

Spartan roster

The roster is set and captains have been named for the Superior High School boys hockey team, which includes eight seniors and six freshmen.

Captains picked for the 2010-11 season were seniors Dave Dalbec and Joel Broberg and junior Brett Bukowski.

Coach Jason Kalin will get his look at the Spartans in action when they play in Tuesday's Lake Superior Conference Jamboree at the Heritage Center in Duluth. Superior will play Hermantown at 7:05 p.m. and Cloquet at 7:30 p.m.

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The Spartans open their season at the Rochester Tournament when they play Providence Academy at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 26 and Rochester Lourdes at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 27.

Both games will be played at Graham Arena in Rochester.

Superior's 2010-11 roster for both varsity and junior varsity includes:

Seniors: Zach Magdzas, Taylor Olson, Dalbec, Jake Tollas, Brandon Burd, Broberg, Sam Reiswig and Eric Quam.

Juniors: Sidney Laurvick, Jake Farmer, Aaron Johnson, Brady Uotinen, Kyler Moss, Steven Mikel, Richard Mikel, Gerald Mikel, Nolan Holcombe, Caleb Dushkin, Blake Johnson, Bukowski, Luke Darwin, Jack Bergum and Scott Crawford.

Sophomores: Connor Anderson Petroske, Trent Olson, Andrew Rammert, Daniel Litchke, Dane Sislo, Cody Schimming, Aaron Foley and Zach Reiswig.

Freshmen: Aaron Wakefield, Daniel Mikel, Lane Eliason, Aaron Miller, Paxton Paine and Kyle Johnson.

Kalin's coaching staff includes Chad Beiswenger, Ryan Hendry, Geoff Torzewski, Kevin Harrington, Rob Downs and Jim Gotham.

Blues update

In an earlier On Deck column, it was written that one year after Nick O'Kash served as the Superior Blues' bat boy, an essay contest was used in selecting a new bat boy.

The winner of the bat boy contest in 1955 was Jim Larson, the younger brother of Blues pitcher John Larson.

Jim Larson read the column at www.superiortelegram.com and sent the following e-mail:

"My name is Jim Larson, I am John Larson's younger brother. I was the one who won the essay contest to be bat boy in 1955. The article brought back many memories to John and I. John now lives in Colorado and I live in Michigan. Both of us also knew Gene Evans quite well as neighbors in South Superior. Thanks for the memories."

Ken Olson is sports editor of The Superior Telegram. E-mail at kolson@superiortelegram.com or call (715) 395-5023.

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