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Metro Southwest staying aggressive in Elite II league

By Jay Campbell, Special to MN Hockey Hub, 10/19/09, 7:18AM CDT

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Team is 6-3-2 entering final stretch of season

Just past the midway point of the 2009 fall season, Metro Southwest boasts a 6-3-2 record in the Elite II Hockey League.

Metro Southwest’s roster consists of high school players from Benilde-St. Margaret’s, Blake, Breck, Eden Prairie, Holy Family, Minneapolis Southwest, Prior Lake, Providence Academy and St. Louis Park.

Metro Southwest’s coaching staff has worked hard to implement an aggressive, forechecking style of play.

David Rath, a forward from Eden Prairie, leads the team in scoring with 13 points (7 goals, 6 assists). Brady Riesgraf (Holy Family, 4 goals, 6 assists), Nick Seeler (Eden Prairie, 7 goals, 1 assist), Jeff Spellmire (Benilde-St. Margaret’s, 4 goals, 3 assists) and Evan Wilson (Providence Academy, 4 goals, 3 assists) are the team’s top five scorers.

Jack Kenney (Breck, 3.83 goals-against average, .884 save percentage) has carried most of the workload in goal as sickness and injury have limited the games played for Matt LaPrade (Holy Family) and Evan Oncay (Blake).

“All of the games we’ve played so far have been very competitive.  The speed and skill level of the competition has forced us to be at our best every game,” Wilson said.

Added Blake’s Ryan Bullock: “Playing in this league has been excellent preparation for the upcoming high school season.”

Brady Riesgraf agreed with Bullock’s assessment, saying, “In some ways, I think the high school season will even be a little easier.  The guys who are playing in this league will definitely have an advantage over other players going into high school tryouts.”

Metro Southwest closes out October with games against Metro West, Southeast, and Northeast.  The team will then join the rest of the league for its final showcase event on Nov. 7-8 at Wakota Arena in South St. Paul.