Metro SE U16 went 1-1 on the weekend with a pair of games in St. Cloud. In Saturday afternoon’s matchup against Central, the fighting camels had both a strong offensive and defensive showing. Offensively they were lead by Jackson Sabo with 2 goals in the victory. Sunday’s matchup was a hard fought defeat vs a very strong Metro NW team. The Fighting Camels managed to tie the game 2-2 on a very nice goal from Seth Karsell, however the continuing parade to the box proved to be too much for the Camels to overcome. After nearly killing off several 5-3 situations, the lack of discipline caught up to the Fighting Camels with Metro NW scoring 2 power play goals in the third, and eventually adding an ENG to secure a 5-2 victory. The team is hoping this games serves as a focal point on the importance of maintaining discipline as the fall season progresses.
The first weekend game vs. Metro SE16U was more evenly matched then the final score indicated with Metro West 16U losing 5-2. Southeast jumped off to an early 1-0 lead before Blake’s Bennett Hawley tied it with a nice shot off the crossbar on a two on one. Southeast surged ahead with 4 unanswered goals, 3 of which were on transition after West enjoyed much of the offensive zone time but was unable to score. West continued to get stymied by the Southeast goalie until finally Holy Family’s John Simon made it 5-2, assisted by Lukas Metcalfe from Benilde.
In game two, West took out its pent up frustration on South Dakota 16U unleashing wave after wave of goals, winning 12-1. West’s offensive explosion was led by Riley Enderle from Armstrong with 4 points including a hat trick and adding an assist and Jack Haley from Chanhassen with 4 points including 1 goal and 3 assists. Their line mate, Jack Suchy from Orono, added 1 goal and 1 assist. Other multiple point efforts included Lukas Metcalf from Benilde with 2 goals and 1 assist and Litchfield’s Brandt Pederson with 2 goals. Alex Webert, Preston Perreault, and Michael McNeil each tallied goals as well.
The victory was a nice confidence booster heading into next weekend in Chaska playing 3 much tougher teams.
As the season progresses, Metro Northeast 16u is coming together as a team. They beat Northeast 18u, 6-3 and tied Northwest 18u, 4-4 in St. Cloud on Saturday, Sept. 17. All ten goals were scored by different Metro Northeast 16u players which demonstrates the strong scoring depth and talent on the team. Minnehaha Academy sophomore Reed Bartelings did get a goal and two assists over the weekend. Metro Northeast 16u looked strong to start each game. The team is looking forward to competing in the NAHL showcase next weekend.
Director, MN Elite Prep Development League