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By Loren Nelson, Editor, 09/24/11, 9:34PM CDT

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Puck-rushing Stillwater defenseman Cody Corbett scores twice in Team Northeast victory


Cody Corbett of Stillwater scored twice in Team Northeast's 7-4 victory over Great Plains. Photo by Helen Nelson

Last fall Cody Corbett was a rookie called up from the minor leagues, yet another up-and-comer teeming with potential.

Look at Corbett now.

The Stillwater senior has firmly established himself among the elite of the Upper Midwest High School Elite Hockey League, as much a quarterback as he is a defenseman.

“Sophomore year I kind of popped up out of nowhere,” Corbett said. “Last year I was called up (from the Elite Development League) and was just starting to get in the thick of things.

“This year I kind of feel like I’m running the show.”

The latest spike in Corbett’s steady rise came on Sunday, Sept. 25, at Mars Lakeview Arena in Duluth. The 6-foot, 210-pound Corbett scored twice (once on the power play and once while shorthanded) as Team Northeast eased past Great Plains 7-4.

“I try to do as much with the puck in the offensive zone as I can,” Corbett said. “I try to get shots through. I do whatever I can to get the puck to the net.

“Even in the defensive zone I try to get it to the forwards and come up with the rush to make it a 3-on-2 or odd-man advantage.”

Corbett shared the regular-season scoring lead for Stillwater last season with 21 points (9 goals, 12 assists). He says it’s no coincidence that his Ponies coach happens to be Phil Housley, one of the highest scoring defensemen in NHL history.

“He teaches me just about everything he knows about the game, and that is a lot,” said Corbett, who has two goals and four assists in nine Elite League games this season. “Twenty-one years in the NHL can do a lot for you. It is good to learn from the best.”

Corbett is a major component in the rejuvenation of Team Northeast, which is 5-2-2 after going 4-16-1 during the regular season last year.

Game Recap

Defenseman Cody Corbett of Stillwater scored power-play and shorthanded goals to help lift Team Northeast to a 7-4 win over Great Plains on Sunday, Sept. 25, in an Upper Midwest High School Elite Hockey League game at Mars Lakeview Arena in Duluth.

Charlie Sampair added a goal and two assists for Team Northeast (5-2-2), which held a 4-3 lead when it scored three unanswered goals spanning the second and third periods to pull away.

Alec Rauhauser of Bismarck, N.D., Riley Soderstrom of Thief River Falls, Zach Yon of Roseau and Austin Swingle of St. Cloud Cathedral scored for Great Plains (0-8-1).

C.J. Franklin of Forest Lake, T.J. Moore of Benilde-St. Margaret’s and Dylan Steman of Maple Grove and Colin Hernon of Bloomington Jefferson were Team Northeast’s other goal scorers.

Michael Bitzer stopped 24 of 28 shots for Team Northeast. Bryan Nies of Grand Forks Red River stopped 46 of 53 shots.

Statistics, Summary

1. Cody Corbett, Team Northeast
A smooth-skating, 6-foot, 210-pound senior defenseman with an offensive flair, Corbett scored a power-play goal with a rising blast from the point and added a shorthanded goal for good measure.

2. Dylan Steman, Team Northeast
Steman, a rocket-fueled senior from Maple Grove, created numerous scoring chances and finally got a goal late in the third period when he stole the puck at the Great Plains blue line, worked his way through traffic and popped the puck into an open net. Seemingly, it has been that easy all season for Steman, who leads Team Northeast with 12 points.

3. Riley Soderstrom, Great Plains
A senior from Thief River Falls, Soderstrom scored in the second period to tie the score at 2 and push his team-leading season point total to six, tying him with Thief River Falls teammate Chris Forney.

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