Jared Thomas of Hermantown had three goals and Trevor Olson of Duluth had a pair of goals and two assists to lead Sioux City past visiting Fargo 10-3 in a United States Hockey League victory Friday night. Thomas is a Bulldogs recruit, and Olson is unsigned.
. . .Levi Talarico and Nick Thompson scored two goals apiece to lead Duluth Denfeld to a 5-4, come-from-behind victory over Superior in a Lake Superior Conference high school boy’s hockey game Friday night at Duluth Heritage Sports Center.
Aaron Miller had a hat trick for the Spartans.
Denfeld (16-7) visits Grand Rapids (16-4-3) on Tuesday.
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Third-ranked Duluth East visits St. Michael-Albertville in a nonconference high school boy’s hockey game at 3 p.m. today. The Greyhounds (19-4), winners of 11 straight, defeated host Lakeville North 2-0 Thursday.
Duluth East scoring leaders:
. . .Superior is a team to watch in high school boy’s hockey, both for the rest of this season and in the next few years.
The Spartans battled Duluth Denfeld to the wire Friday night, before losing 5-4. Junior goaltender Paxton Paine makes the first stop and doesn’t give up many rebounds, and junior forwards Aaron Miller and Aaron Wakefield-Zubiate are big-time talents. Freshman defenseman Mitch Anderson was impressive against a big, strong and veteran Hunters forward corp. The young, gritty Spartans play with a confident edge and compete as strongly as any team in the area.
Superior and Duluth Marshall boast the best young talent in the area.
In the boy’s playoffs, look for Duluth East and Grand Rapids to meet in the Section 7AA final, with Duluth Denfeld facing either Duluth Marshall or Hibbing in the Section 7A championship game. The Cloquet smurfs, the area’s most underachieving team, won’t be a factor in 7AA. Is this Denfeld’s year to return to the state tournament? Stay tuned.
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Section 7AA high school girl’s hockey semifinal games today:
. Elk River-Zimmerman at Cloquet, 2 p.m.
. Duluth Northern Stars at Forest Lake, 3 p.m.
The 7AA final is Thursday at a location to-be-determined.
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Drum roll, please: the much-anticipated All-Howie Blog high school boy’s hockey first- and second-team selections for the 2012-13 regular season:FIRST TEAM
G — Zach Thompson, Duluth Denfeld
D — Phil Beaulieu, Duluth East
D — Neal Pionk, Hermantown
F — Jack Forbort, Duluth East
F — Levi Talarico, Duluth Denfeld
F — Travis Koepke, Hermantown
G — Dylan Parker, Duluth East
D — Kyle Jones, Duluth Marshall
D — Meirs Moore, Duluth East
F — Aaron Miller, Superior
F — Bo Gronseth, Hermantown
F — Ryan Lundgren, Duluth EastPlayer of the Year — Phil Beaulieu, Duluth East
Coach of the Year — Kevin Smalley, Duluth Denfeld
Offensive Newcomer of the Year — Tre Opack, Duluth Denfeld
Defensive Newcomer of the Year — Nate Johnson, Duluth Marshall