Last week it was Grant Besse. This week it’s Patrick Steinhauser, another high-scoring Benilde-St. Margaret’s forward, who earns the top star for what seems like the weekly matchup between Team Northwest and Team Northeast in the Upper Midwest Elite Hockey League.
Team Northwest won the Sept. 21 game 4-2 and Steinhauser (pictured) led the way with two goals and one assist.
Steinhauser has been playing on a line with Besse and Tim Bonner of Osseo and the chemistry has been noticeable.
“Playing with (Besse) now and during the year is a treat,” Steinhauser said. “He can score goals and he skates well. And (Bonner) is a grinder.”
Steinhauser’s first goal came at the end of the second period as Northeast’s Zach LaValle of Hill-Murray hauled down a Northwest player in front of the net. That left Steinhauser open to capitalize on the loose puck and bury it in the back of the net with 3 seconds left in the period.
Steinhauser wasted little time picking up his second goal, scoring 3 minutes, 43 seconds in into the third period. He also assisted on Bonner’s first-period goal, giving him three points on the night.
“They (Besse and Bonner) both know how to really see the ice and put the puck away. So really, it’s pretty easy to be honest. I just find open space and they get it to me and it’s easy from there.”
Last season at Benilde-St. Margaret's, Steinhauser tallied 57 points (26 goals, 31 assists). Steinhauser said he has been contact by Union College and has visited several other schools, but not on official visits.
“I’m just trying to be patient and see what comes,” he said. “We’ll just see what happens if I can just keep playing the way I am,” he said.
Steinhauser is second overall in points for Team Northwest with 11 (seven goals, four assists). Nine of those points have come in the last four games.
“I feel good out there,” Steinhauser said. “It took a couple games to get used to. The pace is much faster, the players are a lot better. But at the same time we’re playing with great players, too. You just have to relax out there and it’s coming a lot easier now that I’ve settled down.”
When asked if his success on the ice would transfer to the varsity season, Steinhauser gave the obvious answer.
“Hoping so,” he said. “Unfortunately I won’t have (Bonner), but I have Besse, (Christian) Horn and a lot of great guys. We’ll just see if we can keep it up then.”
---- Mike Murakami, Hockey Hub staff
1. Pat Steinhauser, Team Northwest
The Benilde-St. Margaret's senior center turned in another strong performance in an Elite League season that has been filled with them, this time registering two goals and an assist to bump his season totals to seven goals and four assists in six games.
2. Miles Death, Team Northeast
No goals, no assists for the junior from Wayzata, but he and his fellow Team Northeast defensemen did a much better job clearing bodies and pucks in front of goaltender Blake Cates of Stillwater, who was peppered with close-range shots while allowing five goals when the teams met a week ago.
3. Ryan Coyne, Team Northwest
The senior goaltender from Maple Grove clearly found his groove, stopping 37 of 39 shots and looking comfortable while doing it. Coyne had allowed five goals in the teams’ meeting the previous week before giving way to Anders Franke of Elk River.
While Team Northwest boasts some of the Elite League’s most explosive offensive threats, led by Wayzata's Tony Cameranesi and Mario Lucia, Benilde-St. Margaret's Pat Steiinhauser and Grant Besse and Blaine's Jonny Brodzinski, among others, there is some serious talent in the team's defensive corps as well.
The pairing of Wayzata's D.J. Jones and Elk River's Rayn Jaremko is rock solid defensively while the tandem of Edina’s Ben Ostlie and Benilde-St. Margaret’s Jake Horton has shown some offensive flair.
Ostlie, in particular, has been involved in the offense. He has a goal and six assists to lead all Team Northwest defensemen.
For Team Northeast, only Miles Death of Wayzata, Michael Brodzinski of Blaine and Joey Hess of Centennial have played in all seven of the team’s games.
Among the new players shuffling into the Northeast defensive corps on Tuesday, Sept. 21, were junior Jack Morrisette of White Bear Lake and Cody Corbett, a junior from Stillwater. Both players are on the Metro Northeast roster in the Elite Development League.
For Team Northeast defenseman Miles Death, the best thing about playing against Wayzata teammates Tony Cameranesi and Mario Lucia in the Elite League is that he knows exactly what it takes to stop the high scoring Team Northwest forward tandem that has combined for 21 points in seven games.
The worst thing about playing against Cameranesi and Lucia is that, for Death, he knows exactly how hard it is to, you know, actually stop them.
“With Mario you’ve got to make sure you don’t lose your jock out there,” Death said. “It’s the same with Tony, but it’s just different.
“You’ve got to make sure you are moving your feet with Tony. And with Mario, you can’t look down or he’ll dipsy doodle around you. And Tony will just fly by you. That’s a good combo right there.”
While there are three players from Wayzata on Team Northwest, Death is the lone Wayzata player on Team Northeast. Since he had to try out to earn a spot in the league, Death wasn’t assured of being placed on the Northwest squad.
“It’s fun playing against them, because in practice it just isn’t the same,” said Death, who had two goals and nine assists while playing a regular shift for the Trojans as a sophomore last season. “But I kind of wish I was over there playing for them. They are all my buddies. I know pretty much all those kids.
“With these guys, I’m just meeting some new people. But whatever, I’m glad to be in the league.”
Wayzata defenseman D.J. Jones also plays for Team Northwest, and another Trojans defenseman, Matt Halvorson, is on the Team Southwest roster.
“It is going to get us sharp pretty fast coming into the season,” Death said. “I don’t know how it is going to be going back to high school (hockey), but it is going to be a little easier I’m sure.”
Pat Steinhauser of Benilde-St. Margaret’s scored twice and added an assist and linemate Grant Besse, also of Benilde-St. Margaret’s, had three assists to pace league-leading Team Northwest to a 4-2 victory over Team Northeast on Tuesday, Sept. 21, in an Upper Midwest High School Elite League game at New Hope Arena in New Hope.
The victory was the third for Team Northwest (6-1-0) over Team Northeast (1-6-0) in three straight Tuesday matchups, although this game was nothing like the teams’ previous meeting, won by Team Northwest 8-7.
Team Northwest goaltender Ryan Coyne of Maple Grove and Team Northeast goalie Blake Cates of Stillwater each rebounded from shaky outings the previous week by turning in strong performances. Coyne stopped 37 of 39 shots while Cates made 35 saves.
Team Northwest’s Tim Bonner of Osseo scored the only goal of the first period. Goals by Steinhauser during a 3 minute, 6 second span ending the second period and starting the third put Team Northwest ahead 3-0.
Team Northeast climbed back into the game with third-period goals from Nick Turbitt of Spring Lake Park and Jake Sampson of Edina, pulling to within 3-2.
Jake Guentzel, making his first Elite League appearance for Team Northwest, capped the scoring with a goal in the final minute.