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Racking up the hits

By Loren Nelson, Editor, 09/24/11, 9:13PM CDT


Duluth East senior Trevor Olson makes presence felt for Team North

Trevor Olson of Duluth East leads Team North in scoring. Photo by Helen Nelson

Team North's Trevor Olson leaves Shattuck-St. Mary's Max Becker in his wake. Photo by Helen Nelson

Duluth East’s Trevor Olson is the goal scorer who can provide some muscle.

Or, depending on the circumstances, he’s the muscle who can provide some goals.

Either way, Olson is the sort of multi-talented player you want to have on your team.

The 6-foot-1, 180-pound senior forward’s presence was particularly comforting for Team North on Sunday, Sept. 25, against Shattuck-St. Mary’s.

In a game that was more demolition derby than hockey, Olson initiated numerous collisions in Team North’s 5-2 loss.

“It seems like the guys on my high school team really like it when I take the body,” said Olson, who scored 28 goals and added 41 assists in 30 games last season. “It really gets them excited when I get a big hit. I think these guys (Team North) get fired up when I take the body, too.”

Olson assisted on a second-period goal by linemate Adam Johnson of Hibbing that tied the score at 1, and he was involved in several other prime scoring chances. Johnson spent the weekend playing on a line with Olson and Duluth East’s Dom Toninato, occupying the spot that normally belongs to Jake Randolph.

A Duluth East senior, Randolph missed all three of Team North’s weekend games with a concussion suffered on Sunday, Sept. 28, against Team Manitoba. Randolph could miss the rest of the Elite League season but is expected to be healthy by the start of the high school season in late November.

“We weren’t clicking right away,” Olson said about the addition of Johnson. “But then we switched (wings), and we started doing a lot better.”

Through nine games, Olson leads Team North with 13 points (7 goals, 6 assists). Toninato is second on the team in scoring with 11 points (4 goals, 7 assists).

Team North coach Pat Guyer called Sunday’s loss against Shattuck-St. Mary’s his team’s best performance of the season.

“It was the most intense and physical game we have played all year,” Guyer said. “We played hard to the end, and I was real proud of our guys. I thought the level of play and the intensity was much greater today than it has been.”

Game Recap

Ryan Schwalbe had a goal and an assist to lead Shattuck-St. Mary’s to a hard-hitting 5-2 victory over Team North on Sunday, Sept. 25, in an Upper Midwest High School Elite Hockey League game at Mars Lakeview Arena in Duluth.

Adam Johnson of Hibbing and Conner Valesano of Duluth East scored for Team North, which outshot Shattuck-St. Mary’s 42-38.

Team North held an 11-0 shots-on-goal advantage during the early stages of the second period but struggled to beat Shattuck-St. Mary’s goaltender Kyle Hayton.

Goals 30 seconds apart by Tyler Vesel and Jacob Montgomery early in the third period turned a 2-1 Shattuck-St. Mary's lead into a 4-1 advantage.

Team North goaltender Anders Franke of Elk River filled in for scheduled starter Erikur Arnason of Greenway, who took the ice for warmups but sat out the game because of an injured ankle.

Repeated pushing and shoving after stoppages in front of each team’s goal led to a parade of penalties. Shattuck-St. Mary’s went 1-for-6 on the power play while Team North went 1-for-3.

Johnson, one of the state’s top scorers last season as a sophomore, filled in for injured Jake Randolph of Duluth East on a Team North line that included Duluth East’s Trevor Olson and Dom Toninato. Randolph missed all three weekend games for North after suffering a concussion on Sept. 18.

The victory completed a 2-0-1 start to Shattuck-St. Mary’s Elite League season. Team North dropped to 5-3-1.

Statistics, Summary

1. Kyle Hayton, Shattuck-St. Mary’s
A senior from Denver, Hayton is a big goaltender who plays his angles well and can cover a lot of territory quickly when forced to move side to side. He singlehandedly kept Shattuck-St. Mary’s not only in front but in the game during the early stages of the second period when Team North turned the game into a shootin gallery.

2. Ryan Schwalbe, Shattuck-St. Mary’s
A senior from Anchorage, Alaska, Schwalbe broke loose for a goal and an assist in the third period as Shattuck-St. Mary’s put the game out of reach.

3. Trevor Olson, Team North
The physical 6-foot-1, 180-pound winger from Duluth Eat was more than happy to go toe-to-toe with Shattuck-St. Mary’s heavy hitters. Olson also registered an assist and played a prominent role in numerous Team North scoring chances.

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