Everything you need to know about the 2021 Kiwanis Festival men’s hockey tournament teams – Rochester Minnesota news, weather, sports


Like many events, the Kiwanis Festival men’s hockey tournament was canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Festival is back this season, Tuesday through Thursday at the Graham Arena complex. The Gold Division will feature six teams, while the Blue Division will feature a four-team round robin format.

Here is a brief overview, team by team, of the 10 teams at this year’s Festival.

vs. JOHN MARSHALL, 3 p.m.

NEW RICHMOND (Swiss): The Tigers (4-3-0) are 4-1-0 in their last five games after starting the season with two losses. They have been party or famine this season, being outscored 16-2 in all three losses, while outscoring their opponents 27-5 in their four wins. Second-year forward Catcher Langeness (4-7-11) has been the team’s most dynamic scorer so far, while senior captain Brock Unger (4-6-10) has been the most dynamic scorer so far. more consistent from the team. Nine Tigers players have at least five points.

ROCHESTER JOHN MARSHALL: The Rockets (4-4-0) only won one game a year ago but have already won four this season and have found some scoring balance. Cody Ahlstrom (5-4-9), Ryan Hus (3-5-8), Jayden Veney (6-1-7) and Mason Decker (6-0-6) all average at least one point per game played this season. Cody Vlasaty (3-3-0, 4.30 GAA, 0.878 breakpoints) and Camden Magle (1-1-0, 2.32, 0.913) split the time in front of goal.

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against CENTURY, 5:30 p.m.

DODGE COUNTY: The Wildcats (4-3-0) were the state’s Class A finalists a year ago, but with the engagement from the University of Minnesota, Brody Lamb left for the Green Bay Gamblers of the USHL, Dodge County has had some success. low start. They haven’t had a healthy roster this season yet, and maybe not until mid-January or late January. Still, the Wildcats are a talented group, led by tall and talented senior defenseman Easton Hammill, who has eight goals and 13 points, the team’s best. Sophomores Gryffon Funke (3-7—10) and Cooper Jacobson (3-6—9) are emerging as dynamic young forwards.

CENTURY OF ROCHESTER: The Panthers (4-3-0) are starting to go full steam ahead, having won four of their last five games, having opened the season with back-to-back losses to Holy Angels and Faribault. Senior goaltender Branigan Stalder was a rock in net (4-3-0, save percentage of .913, 3.16 GAA), including three starts with one or fewer goals against. Junior forward TJ Gibson – Century’s leading scorer a year ago – averages one goal per game and has 10 points. Senior defenseman Matt Haun is tied for first on the team in points, with four goals and six assists.

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vs ROCHESTER MAYO, 7.45 p.m.

FARGO (ND) SOUTH: The Bruins are off to a strong 5-2-0 start under sixth-year coach Dean French. Junior goalie Noel Olsonawski has been formidable (5-2-0, 2.10 GAA, .908 breakpoints), playing almost every minute so far. South’s only two losses this season have been a goal apiece, against Fargo Davies and Grand Forks Red River. Junior forward Zach Boren is the team’s leading scorer (5-7-12), followed by rookie Andrew O’Neill (3-6-9) and junior Colten Nestler (5-4-9).

ROCHESTER MAYO: The Spartans were 3-1-0 heading into Thursday night’s game against Farmington which began after the Post Bulletin went to press. A snowstorm wiped out two games scheduled for Mayo earlier this month, but they performed well in all four games, including an impressive 5-2 win at East Ridge on Tuesday. Tate Cothern and Nick Weick formed a nice 1-2 punch into the goal, while 12 skaters collected at least three points in the team’s first four games, led by forward Sam Jacobson (5 -3-8).


ALBERT LEA: Tigers (3-2-0), under first-year head coach Matt Erickson, look to win the Festival for the second time in their history and the first since before many of their players are born – in 2004. They were 3-2-0 this season, before a Thursday night game against Minnehaha Academy which had yet to start at the time of the Post Bulletin press. Junior Joseph Yoon was the Tigers’ top scorer, averaging 2.6 points per game (8-5-13), while his classmate Max Edwin has three goals and nine points.

BLOOMINGTON KENNEDY: Kennedy (0-5-1) struggled defensively, allowing more than 5 goals per game (32 goals against in six games). He scored four goals in a 7-4 season opener loss to New Prague, but hasn’t surpassed the two-goal mark since. Sophomore Nicholas Manning and senior Tyler Jost lead the team with five points each.

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LUVERNE vs LOURDES, 7:30 p.m.

LUVERN: Luverne (5-2-0) started the season 5-0-0, but suffered a power outage, being shut out in consecutive games by Rochester Lourdes (4-0) and Two Rivers (6-0) . The Cardinals will be looking to get back on track behind leading scorer Patrick Kroski, a sophomore who has 11 goals and 24 points in seven games. He had a point total of 4, 7, 6, 3 and 4 in the first five games, before the Cardinals were shut out in back-to-back games. Brock Behrend is off to a good start as well, with six goals and 19 points so far.

ROCHESTER LOURDES: The Eagles are off to a flying 6-1-0 start and are on a six-game winning streak. Second-year goaltender Xander Carter-Kleven (5-1-0, 2.14 GAA, .930 stoppages) has recorded five of those wins and has already recorded three shutouts this winter. Senior Matt Mahoney leads the offense with 11 goals and 14 points in seven games. Senior D Charlie Kielty (5-5-10) also has double-digit points, while college newcomer Peyton Loeslie has become a valuable setup man, with two goals and six assists. The Eagles outscored their opponents 28-15, including 28-6 on their six-game winning streak.


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