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CANADA BEATS USA FOR GOLD
ZLIN, Czech Republic _ Canada won gold at the under-18 women’s hockey championship on Saturday with a 3-0 victory over the United States.
Alexis Crossley of Cole Harbour, N.S., Sarah Lefort of Ormstown, Que., and Cydney Roesler of Stittsville, Ont., scored and Emerance Maschmeyer of Bruderheim, Alta., made 28 saves for the shutout.
“I like shutouts a lot,” said head coach Pierre Alain. “So 3-0 was like the cherry on the cake.”
Crossley scored on a rebound at 9:04 of the first period and Lefort tallied on the power play at 14:03. Roesler’s insurance goal in the third period also came with the man advantage.
Alain said he was also pleased with his team’s play in the defensive end.
“We knew today we’d have to work in our end,” Alain said. “We came through. It was a great team effort.”
Defenceman Erin Ambrose of Keswick, Ont., said it was an amazing feeling to beat the defending champions.
“I don’t know if I’ve seen a group of girls so happy,” she said. “There are tears and smiles, there are hugs everywhere right now _ it’s incredible.”
American goalie Brianna Laing made 13 saves. Her coach, Heather Linstad, called it a disappointing result.
“I thought our team had great team chemistry,” Linstad said. “We worked really hard and created many scoring opportunities but couldn’t find the back of the net.”
Canada and the United States have dominated this event, meeting in the final at all four previous championships.
The Americans won gold on three occasions while Canada’s other title came in 2010.
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The World Sport School Challenge is an international hockey tournament that Hockey Canada is putting on for Midget Prep High school programs around the world at the brand new WinSport Canada Athletic and Ice Complex on December 26 – 31, 2011. The event will feature Edge School, Shattuck St. Mary`s, Pursuit of Excellence Hockey Academy, Okanagan Hockey Academy, U17 Finland, and U17 Slovakia teams. The tournament was developed in line with Hockey Canada’s commitment to foster its growing relationship with sport schools and give students attending sport schools the chance to play at a higher level, including against national under-17 teams.
11/05/2011, 9:54pm (CST)
By MN Hockey Hub staff
Teddy Blueger scores highlight-reel goal, adds two assists in win over Minnesota Red
Teddy Blueger of Shattuck-St. Mary’s had a goal and two assists in the championship game against Minnesota Red. Photo by Helen Nelson
Taking risks has never been an issue for senior forward Teddy Blueger of Shattuck-St. Mary’s.
At age 15 Blueger decided to uproot himself and travel across the ocean to hit the ice for Shattuck-St. Mary’s. The goal was to play against better competition in the sport he loved. Originally from Riga, Latvia, Blueger decided southern Minnesota was the best place for him to grow as a hockey player.
Now at age 17, Blueger is a key member of his team’s dominant offense that pulled out a 5-3 championship victory in the Bauer NIT on Sunday, Nov. 6, at New Hope Arena in New Hope.
In the second period, with his team up by a goal, Blueger decided to take another risk.
After catching a pass from teammate Ryan Schwalbe, Blueger dashed into the zone and cut to the middle of the ice, right into the teeth of the Minnesota Red defense. He split the two defenders, moved the puck to his backhand and flipped it over goaltender Bryan Nies of Grand Forks Red River to push the score to 2-0.
It was a bold, “in-your-face” type of goal that revved up both the crowd and his teammates.
Although his skill clearly transferred from Latvia, many things have been different for Blueger since he began living in the U.S.
“Life in general is just a lot different,” Blueger said. “Just how people go about their business. But I like it a lot here.”
Some of the differences he’s noticed have been on the ice as well.
“Intensity and the speed of the game,” Blueger said were very different in the U.S. “How hard guys work. The ice is definitely smaller, so the game is a little faster.”
During the course of the Upper Midwest High School Elite Hockey League, Blueger racked up 26 points (8 goals and 18 assists) on a team that went 13-1-1. His distribution abilities are well known — and much appreciated by his coach, Tom Ward.
Shattuck-St. Mary’s senior Teddy Blueger, a native of Riga, Latvia, has been living in the U.S. since he was 15. Photo by Helen Nelson
“He sees plays, he sees people, and he’s a very deft passer,” Ward said. “He sees the game in a way that most people don’t see the game.
“Teddy Blueger is a very, very, very skillful player. To his credit he’s a hard-working skill player, so if you’ve got a player that’s got skill and he’s a hard worker, then you got a chance to have a good player. Teddy’s really maturing as a player. His game is rounding out and he’s learning to play in his own end and be reliable all over the rink.”
Coach Ward was pleased with Blueger’s performance, and his team’s performance as a whole, after winning the Bauer NIT title.
“Learning how to win championships is a learned trait,” Ward said. “I think you need to learn how to play when the cheese is binding a little bit and the pressure is on. And every game you can get in like this really helps.”
Shattuck-St. Mary’s is looking at the victory as a stepping stone to future success during the course of its long season.
“We are continuing to grow as a group, but we’ve got a lot of hockey to play,” Ward said. “We haven’t even had a snowflake yet and we gotta play until the middle of April. I really like the way we’re playing after 20 games.”
Blueger was happy for a little revenge. Shattuck-St. Mary’s lost in the title game last season 5-4 to Minnesota White in overtime, something that didn’t sit very well with the team.
“It definitely means a lot going forward,” Blueger said.
–Walker Orenstein, MN Hockey Hub staff
Matt Smaby- Anaheim Ducks
Joe Corvo – Boston Bruins
Drew Stafford – Buffalo Sabres
Jamie McBain – Carolina Hurricanes
Jonathan Toews – Chicago Blackhawks – Team Captain
Patrick Eaves – Detroit Red Wings
Ty Conklin – Detroit Red Wings
Taylor Chorney – Edmonton Oilers
Jack Johnson – Los Angles Kings
Zach Parise – New Jersey Devils – Team Captain
Kyle Okposo – New York Islanders – Assistant Captain
Derek Stepan – New York Rangers
Sidney Crosby – Pittsburg Penguins – Team Captain
Chris Porter – St. Louis Blues
Ryan Malone – Tampa Bay Lightning
By Dave Lozo - NHL.com Staff Writer
The move comes after Parise signed a one-year contract this offseason. Parise will become an unrestricted free agent after this season, but has said both his agent and the team will work on a long-term extension during the season.
As per the collective-bargaining agreement, Parise can’t sign a new deal until after Jan. 1.
Parise talked about potentially becoming the team’s captain with NHL.com before training camp, saying: “Of course I would like to. I think right now, with our team, we’re in a transition period where for six years, I was always the youngest guy and all of a sudden I’m one of the oldest. We’re at a point where there are a lot of veteran guys who aren’t with us anymore.
“As a player, you try to take a little bit more of a leadership role every year. Whether you have the ‘C’ or not, it’s not as if players are going to look at me different. That’s just now how it is. Players just respect other players whether they got a ‘C’ on their jersey or not.”
The Devils drafted Parise in the first round of the 2003 Entry Draft. In six seasons with New Jersey, the native of Minneapolis has scored at least 30 goals four times with a career-high of 45 in 2008-09. The left wing is coming off a season where he played just 13 games due to a knee injury suffered at the end of October.
At 5-foot-9, 177 pounds, Chay Genoway doesn’t look like your prototypical NHL defensemen.
But looks are often deceiving.
At the Minnesota Wild Development Camp, the recent free agent signee out of the University of North Dakota is doing what he can to show that height is just a number, and strength knows no limits.
Genoway’s off-ice strength testing has been as impressive as his coast-to-coast goal in Saturday’s scrimmage. Word has it that after piling up the most consecutive pushups among the prospects, he immediately started his pull ups and tallied the highest number of those.
“He is quite strong physically,” said Kirk Olson, the Wild’s recently hired strength and conditioning coach, whose first order of business was working out the prospects this week. “He has a low center of gravity and is hard to knock off his feet.”
If anyone knows size isn’t always relative to strength, it’s Genoway. The former UND captain is showing that he arrived at camp ready to make a run at a professional career.
“I’ve been doing the normal summer time stuff, like lifting weights and conditioning,” Genoway said. “But I also tried to get on the ice more than usual this summer so it wouldn’t be too strenuous on things like the groin or hip-flexors, like the ice can be when you jump right to it.”
In his first camp, at 23 years old, Genoway was one of the elder statesmen. His development as a player is advanced compared to his younger counterparts, and he knows the importance of making a good first impression.
“You’re here to develop, but people are always watching, so you never know and you want to be prepared as much as possible,” said the Swan River, Manitoba native said.
“Guys are trying to make a name for themselves,” Olson added. “Not only with coaches, trying to make a roster spot, but with teammates. The guys were trying to pull whatever they could out of each other, and Chay did a great job of that.”
Working with Genoway for less than a week, Olson noticed his off-ice habits.
“Chay works his butt off,” Olson said. “You can see that he takes pride his work ethic.”
For an undersized defenseman, self-determination and motivation is a necessity to excel in a game populated by behemoths. Genoway has been training at UND this summer and credits his time in college for helping groom him to make the leap to pro hockey.
“That place prepares you for the next level,” the four-time All Academic team member said. “I’ve been training there for the last five years and there’s always guys there that are pushing you everyday. It was a wake up call.”
Often, the most eye-opening challenge for college hockey players is adjusting to the higher speed of the pro game.
“It has been a really good pace; especially, considering it is the summer time,” Genoway said. “There are better players you’re playing with. You have to work a little bit harder to be in position.”
In addition to the boost in tempo, he also is trying to adapt to the subtle differences in style between the college and pro game. The camp is his first taste of what it will take to succeed at the next level.
“It’s a little more positional and structured than in college,” Genoway said. “So, I really have focused on positioning, being sound defensively and making a good first pass. And if that goes well, getting up in the play a little bit.”
Getting up in the play, as a blueliner, is something Genoway did better than most while at UND. In his senior season, he racked up 37 points in 36 games, leading the Sioux to the Broadmoor Trophy, awarded to the WCHA playoff championship, and a Frozen Four appearance. He also led the team as a two-year captain, something that was immediately evident to Olson.
“There are two types of leaders: The Ra-Ra types, and the lead by example types,” Olson said. “With Chay, you get the best of both worlds. He always leads by example, but can step-up and say something when it’s needed. He is the type of leader other guys gravitate toward.”
At Development Camp, Genoway led by example at the off-ice workouts and said the team building exercises during outdoor training along with the more traditional work out routines were ways to show other methods of staying fit.
“We’ve done a little bit of everything – running, weight training and conditioning – we’ve also done some off-ice training that I’ve never done; things meant to push you out of your comfort zone. I think it helps the guys grow because you might see some of these guys on your team at some time.”
Genoway is hoping that team will soon be the Minnesota Wild
Reilly’s vision makes him top scholastic option
Tuesday, 06.14.2011 / 12:01 PM / 2011 NHL Entry Draft
By Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer
Mike Reilly might not possess that intimidating look or hulking stature that’s usually coveted in today’s defensemen, but it’s amazing what intelligence and vision can do for a top prospect along the blue line.In his first season at the famed Shattuck-St. Mary’s school in Faribault, Minn. — after spending two seasons at the Academy of Holy Angels in Richfield, Minn. — Reilly was able to elevate his draft stock down the stretch by playing a key role in Shattuck’s first USA Hockey national championship in three seasons.Despite his 5-foot-10, 150-pound frame, Reilly catapulted 13 slots to No. 52 on NHL Central Scouting’s final list of the top North American skaters for the 2011 Entry Draft. It marked the second-biggest jump by a high school player — behind center Steven Fogarty of Edina High (42 spots to No. 90).Reilly also has the distinction of being the top-ranked scholastic defenseman available in the 2011 Entry Draft.
“He’s smart, polished and effortless … just a highly-skilled kid. … He’s dynamic and he never beats himself. If he does get beat, it’s because the guy made a heck of a play on him. He’s like a Timex watch — he just keeps on playing, keeps it simple.” – Jack Barzee
“I try and use my strengths to compensate for my size, like my skating and hockey sense and passing ability, to get around the 6-foot-2, 6-foot-3 guys,” Reilly told NHL.com. “I know at the higher levels I’ll see a lot more of the bigger and stronger guys, but I’m going to use my strengths as a hockey player to get around it.”Regarded as a sound two-way performer, Reilly had 13 goals, 43 points and 26 penalty minutes in 48 games this past season.
“I thought everything went really well this year,” Reilly said. “Since Day 1, we wanted to achieve the goal of winning a national championship and we ended up doing that. I transferred to Shattuck because I thought it would be the best opportunity for me to develop into a college hockey player. Shattuck has great coaching and they always have a winning teams and kids who want to achieve their goals of playing in the NHL … so it was awesome.”
Reilly knows many of the NHL’s top current performers have ties to Shattuck, including Zach Parise (New Jersey Devils, No. 17, 2003), Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins, No. 1, 2005), Kyle Okposo (New York Islanders, No. 7, 2006), Derek Stepan (New York Rangers, No. 51, 2008) and Jonathan Toews (Chicago Blackhawks, No. 3, 2006).
“(Shattuck) is known for developing players, and obviously you have some big names like Crosby and Parise out there, but there’s also a lot of guys who move on to college and that’s a big reason why I wanted to go to Shattuck,” Reilly said.
Reilly’s college route will take him to the University of Minnesota. Before that, though, he said he’s looking forward to the Draft and spending the weekend with family and friends. Reilly’s dad, Mike, was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the eighth round in 1977.”It’s going to be an unbelievable experience,” Reilly said. “I’ll be there for sure with family and friends and I’m really looking forward to that event. Growing up in Minnesota, I had a great group of friends I’d meet with and play on the ponds … it was always fun. I was out there every day with my buddies, so it was a great time.”Reilly was born in Chicago but now lives in Chanhassen, Minn. He said he would compare his style of game to San Jose’s Dan Boyle or Ottawa’s Erik Karlsson.
“I consider myself an offensive defenseman,” he said. “I kind of like to be the fourth forward in the play and I take pride in being reliable in my own zone.”NHL Central Scouting’s Jack Barzee offers a different comparison.”He’s smart, polished and effortless … just a highly-skilled kid,” Barzee told NHL.com.
“Mike Reilly is like John-Michael Liles (Colorado Avalanche). He’s dynamic and he never beats himself. If he does get beat, it’s because the guy made a heck of a play on him. He’s like a Timex watch — he just keeps on playing, keeps it simple.”Follow Mike Morreale on Twitter at: @mike_morreale
• Saturday, June 4, 2011
Former Notre Dame forward and volunteer assistant coach T.J. Jindra has been hired as the new assistant coach at Alaska-Anchorage.
Jindra played for four seasons with the Irish from 2003-07 and served as a volunteer assistant last year. He also coached at Sahhtuck-St. Mary’s prep school.
“We are excited for T.J. to join the coaching staff here at UAA,” Alaska-Anchorage head coach Dave Shyiak said in a statement. “He has learned and been exposed to some high-level coaching at both Shattuck-St. Mary’s and Notre Dame. T.J. is a young, enthusiastic coach who will bring good energy and championship experience to the position. His background as a leader and his work ethic will be assets as we continue to build a successful program.”
Jindra replaces Ryan McKelvie, who recently accepted the head coaching position at Lake Forest College.