This week we highlight the USHL Draft & Fargo Force, the U14 Steelers female team & the WHL Eastern Conference Finals…
JACKSON KEANE – SIOUX CITY MUSKETEERS
Jackson was recently selected in the USHL Draft by the Sioux City Musketeers. Ths Musketeers particpate in the USHL which is one of the top Junior Leagues in North America. Here is a bit from the Sioux City paper on Jackson:
“Jackson Keane, a 5-8, 137-pound forward from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, was taken in the fifth round. Keane scored 45 points (31, 14) for the Winnipeg Wild of the Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League. He scored 13 power-play goals and also collected five game-winning goals for a squad that went 37-5-0-2 to win the East Division title.”
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Congrats to Jackson and his family on his selection in the Draft
*Jackson took part in our Summer 2013 Junior/Pro Group and is a member of our Spring 2013 Midget Program.
BRENDAN HARMS – FARGO FORCE
“The Fargo Force find themselves in unfamiliar territory in the Western Conference finals of the United States Hockey League. Up 2-1 in the best-of-5 series versus Sioux Falls, the Force are in the driver’s seat.
It was just two weeks ago today Fargo found itself down 2-1 in the best-of-5 first-round series with Waterloo. The Force won Game 4 on the road, but were 3 minutes, 34 seconds away in Game 5 from becoming the first Force team to lose in the first round of the playoffs in its fifth trip.
Backs against the wall, the Force tied the game and clinched the series in overtime. Now, they find themselves a winin today’s game away from the team’s third trip to the Clark Cup finals and first since the 2009-10 season.
They just need to learn how to play with a cushion.
“Obviously, it’s a little different, but we just have to keep the same mindset we’ve had all playoffs,” Force right winger Brendan Harms said. “We have to go in there with the same attitude and get the win.”
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Harms and the Force have only the Musketeers (The team that selected Keane) standing between them and the USHL Final.
*Brendan was a member of our Summer 2013 Junior/Pro Group
MINOR HOCKEY NEWS…
U14 FEMALE JUNIOR STEELERS
The Female U14 Junior Steelers made the trip down to Minneapolis last weekend to participate in The Hockey Academy tournament that would challenge the girls to face teams from across North America, not to mention the teams they would be facing off against would be made up of players a older than them.
There were ten teams in the Steelers Division from Saskatchewan, North Dakota and Manitoba. They fought and worked hard to attain their goal, and as the weekend came to a close it was the Steelers who came out on top, and brought home the championship to Canadian soil.
Congrats to all the parents, coaches, managers & players on the win.
*The U14 Female Steelers are participating in Team Training Sessions with The RINK Professionals on a weekly basis throughout the Spring 2013.
MICHAEL ST. CROIX (EDMONTON OIL KINGS)
The Oil Kings came out on top of the Battle of Alberta, led by a gutsy effort from St. Croix.
“All the Edmonton Oil Kings needed to wrestle Game 7 of the Western Hockey League Eastern Conference final away from the Calgary Hitmen was a little tag-team effort.
Led by a pair of goals from Michael St. Croix and a shutout from Laurent Brossoit, the Oil Kings earned a gutsy 2-0 win over the Hitmen to claim the WHL Eastern Conference crown and, in the process, set up a rematch with the Portland Winterhawks in the WHL final, which gets underway Friday in the Rose City.
Edmonton’s win came just 48 hours after a disheartening 4-3 overtime loss to the Hitmen in Calgary, when the Oil Kings blew a two-goal third-period lead. That effort and in particular the lack of back checkers, St. Croix included, which led to Brooks Macek’s overtime winner, drew criticism from head coach Derek Laxdal.
St. Croix, however, more than made it up for that gaffe Tuesday en route to earning series MVP.
“The bottom line is we got the win as a team. Coming into Game 7 it really doesn’t matter (if you play well individually) if you don’t win, so we got the win and that’s the biggest part,” St. Croix said. “Any time a coach challenges the team, you definitely want to step up and be that guy, but with that being said I think we had a lot of guys step up.”
WELL THAT’S A WRAP ON EPISODE 79 OF “THE WORD”
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