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By Pete Waggoner, 01/02/09, 11:54PM CST

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If you didn’t notice St. Francis Joey Benik has scored an amazing 33 goals in 12 games. The 5-10 junior forward has added 21 assists for a league leading 54 points. His linemate TJ Belisle is second in scoring with (15g-24a-39pts). That is a cool 15 points off the pace. Ben Hanowski is third with (24g-14a-38pts). Hanowski’s Little Falls Flyers have played 3 less games than the Fighting Saints of St. Francis. Granted the Saints are beating up on teams that are not in the top ten, but this is the same team that won six games last season and are now working the same teams they lost to and have a 11-1 record. Hanowski and Benik are in the midst of a classic goal scoring race

 

The Maple Grove Crimson have not lost in regulation as they stand 9-0-2.  They are unbeaten largely due to Crimson goalie Sean Elmer who is 5th among goalies with a 1.10 goals against average.  His .949 save percentage is currently 3rd among high school goalies. Their most impressive win was against the Elk River Elks.

 

The Roseau Rams are 5-5-1 on the season, but Rams nation has reason to be optimistic as their team is in the hunt for the Mariucci Conference title. Adam Knockenmus and Tyler Landman are tied for the team lead in points with 17.

 

When the Bloomington Jefferson Jaguars and Eden Prairie Eagles face off Saturday night, visions of the late nineties and early part of the 2000’s will come to mind as the two teams played some legendary games at BIG...The game will not be webcast, and all high school fans should see this game. The winner most likely will be elevated quite high in the rankings this upcoming week. The Eagles will need to keep the Jags off  the power play if they want a chance to win. The Jags will need to keep Nick Leddy off the ice if they plan on having a chance to win. Prediction…4-4 overtime tie.

 

The Duluth East Greyhounds finished the Silver Division of the Scwhan Cup with a Consolation win over the Burnsville Blaze. Their loss to the upstart Breck Mustangs is nothing to be ashamed of, especially since the Hounds were missing their best player in Derek Forbort who was working it with the Under 17 US team at the World Challenge in Victoria BC. He notched four points in their first game. Without question, those four points would translate to a different outcome in the Silver Division this season. 

 

It is good to see that Albert Lea is off to a good start as they have churned out a 7-2 record and are paced by Jordan Prescher-Smerud (9g-9a-18pts), Tyler Prihoda (8g-8a-16pts), and Grant Stadheim (6g-9a-15pts). They defeated Mankato West and Rochester Century by 5-3 scores.

 

How about the Redwood Valley Cardinals? They currently are pacing the Southwest Conference with a 4-0 record that includes a clutch win against a team they had listed as a measuring stick in conference foe Marshall by a score of 4-1. John Rebstock has been stalwart in goal with a 2.25gaa. Eric Miller (5g-8a-13pts) and DJ Harazin (5g-7a-12pts) lead the way offensively for the Cardinals who have spread out the goal scoring with five players potting five goals.

 

St. Cloud Cathedral scored two third period goals to vault past the Warroad Warriors and capture a 4-2 win. The Crusaders are an impressive 9-2-1 and are favorites for the Wright County Conference title. Three players have tallied 20 points or more on the season and they are Alex Koopmeiners (8g-14-a-22pts), Jordan Palusky (16g-5a-21pts), and Nate Schmidt (9g-12a-21pts).

 

A special thanks to everyone that log on to our site. We are working to make it the ultimate stop for High School Hockey in Minnesota. As the official home to High School Hockey, thank you to all the coaches and managers that have made the first month a success.