Wayzata's Chase Haller controls the puck as Moorhead goaltender Michael Bitzer and defenseman Terry Leabo block the path to the net. Photo by Adam Crane
Wayzata's Blake Hallenberg, left, and Moorhead's Bryant Christian race for the puck. Photo by Adam Crane
Moorhead celebrates its 2-1 victory over Wayzata in the third-place game of the holiday tournament at the St. Louis Park Rec Center. Photo by Adam Crane
Senior defenseman Jacob Uglem scored the winning goal midway through the second period, and senior goaltender Michael Bitzer was rock-solid while facing a barrage of third-period shots as No. 9 Moorhead beat Wayzata 2-1 on Friday, Dec. 30, in the third-place game of the Sports Authority Holiday Classic at the St. Louis Park Rec Center.
1. Michael Bitzer, Moorhead
The senior goaltender robbed Wayzata time and time again, guiding the Spuds to a victory. He made 38 saves on the night including 13 in the third period. He is now eighth in the state in save percentage and sixth in the state in wins with eight.
2. Jacob Uglem, Moorhead
Uglem netted the game winning goal for Moorhead with a beautiful shot from the point on the power play with 7:38 to go in the second period. The senior defenseman now has seven points (two goals, five assists) on the season.
3. Kenzie Vold, Wayzata
Vold was the only player that managed to beat Moorhead goalie Michael Bitzer for Wayzata, earning him a well-deserved star. His goal came with 5:18 left to play in the first period when he buried a rebound past a sprawling Bitzer. Vold, a senior forward, is tied for first with forward Sam Majka on the Trojans in points with 16 (ten goals, six assists).
-- Walker Orenstein, MN Hockey Hub staff