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Boys hockey: Kiwanis Festival Blue Division preview

December 27, 2017

KIWANIS FESTIVAL

BLUE DIVISION

ALBERT LEA vs. VERONA

Wednesday, 3 p.m.

Albert Lea Tigers

Head coach: Jason Fornwald

Record: 4-2-0

Leading scorers: Sr. F Michael Savelkoul 3-7—10, Sr. F Bergan Lundak 8-1—9, Sr. F Noah Karge 2-2—4, Sr. F Alexander Goodmanson 2-2—4.

Goalie: Sr. Calen Hoelscher, 3-2-0, 1.82 GAA, .927 save pct., 1 shutout.

Noteworthy: Fornwald is in his first season as the Tigers’ head coach, replacing Albert Lea legend Roy Nystrom. Nystrom retired after last season with 705 career victories, 612 of which came in Albert Lea. ... Hoelscher has allowed one goal or less in three of his five starts. ... Savelkoul has five of his team-leading 10 points on specialty teams (three power-play assists, one short-handed goal, one short-handed assist).

Verona (Wis.) Wildcats

Head coach: Joel Marshall

Record: 7-2-2

Leading scorers: Jr. F Brockton Baker 8-12—20, Jr. F Mason McCormick 9-8—17, So. F Cale Rufenacht 5-9—14, Sr. D Jack Keryluk 4-6—10.

Goalie: Sr. Garhett Kaegi, 6-2-2, 2.11 GAA, .898 save pct., 1 shutout.

Noteworthy: The Wildcats are on a six-game unbeaten streak. ... Of their four non-wins, they have a tie against No. 5-ranked Notre Dame Academy and a one-goal loss against No. 10-ranked Madison Edgewood. ... Verona has outscored its opponents 38-14 over its six-game unbeaten streak. ... Baker was a standout for Team Wisconsin in the Upper Midwest High School Elite League last fall, recording 22 points in 21 games.

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FARGO SOUTH vs. LOURDES

Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.

South/Shanley Bruins

Head coach: Dean French

Record: 1-4-1

Leading scorers: Sr. F Ben Traynor 0-5—5, Sr. F Robby Greicar 3-2—5, Fr. F Ben Strinden 1-4—5, Sr. F John Harvey 2-2—4, Jr. F Noah Johnson 3-1—4.

Goalies: Jr. Brody Herrick 1-1-1, 4.50 GAA, .828 save pct.; Fr. Zach Sandy 0-3-0, 3.90, .904.

Noteworthy: The Bruins are 0-4-1 since winning their season opener 4-3 against West Fargo Sheyenne. ... Herrick and Sandy have alternated games in goal. Sandy has made at least 30 saves in each of his appearances including a 57-save effort in a 3-0 loss against North Dakota state power Grand Forks Central.

Lourdes Eagles

Head coaches: Bryan Frischmann, Joe Knoepke

Record: 4-5-0

Leading scorers: Jr. D Brady Kraling 1-7—8, Jr. D Cort Buck 2-5—7, Jr. F Jared Anderson 3-3—6, Sr. F Luke Newman 5-1—6

Goalies: Ryan Smith 1-3-0, 5.45 GAA, .877 save pct.; Jr. Luke Alexander 2-0-0, 2.00, .917; Sr. Noah Friedrich 0-2-0, 4.71, .859.

Noteworthy: The Eagles are 1-4-0 since starting the season 3-1-0. ... Nearly one-third of Lourdes’ points have come from their defensemen. ... Junior defenseman Seth Karsell participated in the USA Hockey Select 16 Development Camp last summer. ... Lourdes last won the Kiwanis championship in 2011.

— Jason Feldman • jfeldman@postbulletin.com

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BLUE DIVISION

Round-robin format

All games at Graham IV

WEDNESDAY

Albert Lea vs. Verona (Wis.), 3 p.m.

Fargo (N.D.) South/Shanley vs. Rochester Lourdes, 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY

Fargo South/Shanley vs. Albert Lea, 5 p.m.

Verona vs. Rochester Lourdes, 7:15 p.m.

FRIDAY

Verona vs. Fargo South/Shanley, 1:30 p.m.

Albert Lea vs. Rochester Lourdes, 5:45 p.m.