Sophomore Damon Furuseth has posted 38 points his last 12 games for Minnesota State High School League newcomer Gentry Academy, albeit while facing several teams that haven’t featured impressive scoring defenses.
On Tuesday, he'll see if he still has the scoring touch against a St. Paul Johnson squad offering one of the stouter defenses on the Stars' schedule. The Governors boast a 2.79 goals allowed per game mark.
Gentry Academy (12-8) has played twice against teams with defenses allowing fewer than three goals a game, and Furuseth finished with a combined four points. He went without a point in a 4-0 loss to Albert Lea (2.39 GAA) on Saturday but had a goal and four assists in an 8-4 win against Mound Westonka (2.75 GAA) on Jan. 23.
Furuseth, who also had a five-goal effort in a 9-3 victory at La Crescent-Hokah on Jan. 12, enters the week with 27 goals (ninth best in the state), 26 assists and 53 points on the season.
St. Paul Johnson's defense has been especially solid lately, helping the Governors (9-9-1) record a 5-2 win against Lake of the Woods on Friday and a 6-0 victory of Red Wing on Jan. 26.
Senior Aaron Lee gets most of the playing time in goal for St. Paul Johnson, and he has two shutouts this season (Kittson Central on Dec. 8 and Little Falls on Dec. 14). But he’s been up-and-down in the new year, going 4-3 and allowing three or more goals in four games.