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Red Knights score early and often in rout of Kennedy

By BSMHockey.com, 01/28/17, 11:45PM CST


Rookies make big contributions in BSM victory.

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- It was a big day for Benilde-St. Margarets' rookies.

Freshman defenseman Nate Schweitzer recorded five assists and was on the ice for 10 of the Red Knights' 13 goals, junior winger Michael McNeil had two goals during a six-point outing and freshman center Charlie Warnert dished out four assists as BSM routed Bloomington Kennedy, 13-0.

The Red Knights struck for five goals in the first period and McNeil had a hand in the first three.

He scored the only goal BSM would need, five minutes, three seconds into the game when he intercepted a pass in the Eagles' zone, deked Kennedy goalie Devin Dietz with a move to his forehand and went to his backhand for his second goal of the season.

Just over three minutes later he set up Matt Kocourek for the game's second goal and, 44 seconds afterwards, scored his second goal of the game to make it a 3-0 contest.

Dylan Hoen would then put his stamp on the next two goals, setting up Joe Collins' goal with 3:35 to play in the period and then, just 11 seconds into the game's only power play, buried a shot from the slot to send the Red Knights into the first intermission with a 5-0 lead.

That lead went to 6-0 just 83 seconds into the second period when Bronson McLeod's laser from the top of the slot found the upper left corner of the net.

McLeod and Warnert, who set up McLeod's goal, would combine to set up Jordan Roo's third goal of the season before Max Jablonski scored when Michael McNeil tipped a Nate Clark shot to him on the right side of the crease when the BSM co-captain scored his third goal of the season.

Jablonski scored his second of the game to open the scoring in the third period as BSM added five more goals to the tally including the first two of James Norkosky's varsity career, Jerome Newhouse's first career goal and Joe Collins' second of the game.

Michael McNeil scored twice and added four assists to help account for nearly half of BSM's goals.

Charlie Warnert recorded four assists in the win over Kennedy.

The 13-0 win was the largest winning margin for the Red Knights since a 15-0 win at Spring Lake Park, Feb. 4, 2012.

Schweitzer's +10 rating was the second highest for a Red Knight in 11 seasons and the highest since Patrick Graham was +10 in a 21-0 win at Robbinsdale Cooper, Jan. 12, 2012.

Goalie Zach Everett, whose numbers have not matched his level of play, was rewarded with the shutout as BSM outshot Kennedy, 55-8.

With the win in the four-point Metro West Conference contest, the Red Knights move up to third in the league standings and return to action, Tuesday, to face conference leader Chanhassen in a 7 p.m. game at the St. Louis Park Recreation Center.