Minnesota White’s Jonny Brodzinski of Blaine was all over the ice during the Friday, Nov. 5 matchup against Northwood School and was a major factor in his team’s 8-1 victory.
“My line worked really well today with Tony (Cameranesi) and (Zach) Schroeder,” Brodzinski said.
That was apparent as the line combined for seven points (3 goals, 4 assists)
“I’ve been playing with Tony (Cameranesi) on (Team) Northwest this year so that helped,” Brodzinski explained.
Brodzinski tied for third in scoring in the Upper Midwest High School Elite Hockey League regular season with 30 points (13 goals, 17 assists).
As for his other former Elite League opponents turned teammates, Brodzinski was happy with his team’s success.
“We meshed pretty well because we had two practices before this,” he said.
Brodzinski finished the game with one goal and two assists, although a pretty power-play goal off his stick was waved off by the officials.
“I don’t know if the net was off or not, but the ref denied it,” Brodzinski said.
On playing Northwood School (N.Y.), Brodzinski attributed the win to his teammates.
“(Northwood School) came out pretty fast but I think we had some faster kids and some more agility," he said. "We just came out ready to play.”
It will be back to Blaine for the varsity season after this weekend and after a lot of Elite League experience – experience Brodzinski says already is paying dividends.
“This is unbelievable," he said. "This had really helped me a lot. It’s been a growing process throughout this entire time, and it’s helped out with my speed and other skills.
"When I went back to captain’s practice, I felt a lot faster and stronger, so I have that going.”
1. Jonny Brodzinski, Minnesota White
Even though the scoresheet only credits Brodzinski with one goal, he should have had two on a power-play goal that was waived off by the officials. Regardless, the senior forward from Blaine played stellar all game at both ends of the ice and also registered two assists. He fired a powerful wrist shot that sniped the top-right corner with authority for his goal.
2. Tony Cameranesi, Minnesota White
The Upper Midwest High School Elite Hockey League's leading scorer during the regular season (pictured below), continued his dominance with two goals and an assist. The senior forward from Wayzata won face-offs and battles all over the rink throughout the night.
3. Taylor Fleming, Minnesota White
Although the St. Thomas Academy senior defenseman had just one assist, Fleming played great defense all game and was constantly an offensive threat when he was on the ice. Fleming fired several shots at the net that could have snuck through and was out on the ice during several long possessions for Minnesota White.
Wayzata’s Tony Cameranesi had two goals and an assist and Blaine’s Jonny Brodzinski and St. Thomas Academy’s A.J. Reid each had a goal and two assists during Minnesota White’s 8-1 victory over Northwood School (N.Y.) during the Bauer National Invitational Tournament on Friday, Nov. 5, at New Hope Ice Arena in New Hope.
Edina’s Jake Sampson and Holy Angels’ Joseph LaBate each contributed a goal and an assist.
Nine additional players also registered a point for Minnesota White.
Northwood School’s only game came from Tom Seravalli (Richboro, Penn.) with assists from Trevor Ahbe (Centennial, Colo.) and Eric Augspurger (Niskayuna, N.Y.).
Northwood School’s goaltenders Jake Brennan (Hammonds Plains, Nova Scotia) and Mitch Collum (Lake Placid, N.Y.) split time in-between the pipes, switching halfway through the second period. Brennan had the starting nod.
Minnesota White goalies Charlie Lindgren of Lakeville North and Tim Shaughnessy of Hill-Murray also split time, switching when Northwood School made its switch. Lindgren had started the game.
It will be an all-Minnesota matchup when Minnesota White will take on Minnesota Red in the semifinals at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 6, at New Hope Ice Arena.