WSFLG's Jake Swenson turns the corner on Becker/Big Lake's Zach Muller and fires a shot past Eagles goaltender Alex Darsow. Photo by Helen Nelson
Based solely on its sheer zaniness and unpredictability, there’s no league in the state better than the Two Rivers.
Becker/Big Lake's Jason Tonneslan carries the puck past WSFLG's Brandon Ryan, left, and Dakota Linke. Photo by Helen Nelson
“It’s a new season, new attitude, new atmosphere,” Becker/Big Lake senior goaltender Alex Darsow said. “Everyone on the team wants to win. Our senior class has always been really determined, on and off the ice.”
Darsow, who stands just 5-foot-5 and weighs 145 pounds, grabbed national attention last season when he made what is believe to be a state record 102 saves in a triple-overtime playoffs loss to River Lakes.
Becker/Big Lake's Levi Monson sets up camp in the slot in front of WSFLG goaltender Thomas Labatt. Photo by Helen Nelson
High school hockey’s version of the “Border Battle” between Minnesota and Wisconsin debuted on Friday at the Princeton Ice Arena, with Round 1 – and a custom-designed plaque – going to the WSFLG Blizzard.
WSFLG, a co-operative program that combines five western Wisconsin schools, scored four goals in a span of 73 seconds in the first period and cruised to a 6-0 victory over host Becker/Big Lake on Friday, Dec. 17, at Princeton Ice Arena.
1. Anthony Dietmeier, WSFLG
A senior forward, Deitmeier opened and closed the scoring. His goal early in the first period sparked a four-goal Blizzard outburst in span of just 1:13. Deitmeier’s goal early in the third put the Blizzard ahead by six and forced a running clock the rest of the way.