Bulldogs hockey plays three games

Andrea Nelson

Minnesota River Bulldog forward Tyson Sowder, a junior, looks for a way to get past the Albert Lea Tiger defenders in Saturday's home game against Albert Lea. Sowder leads the Bulldogs in points and assists, with 22 and 14 respectively. The Bulldogs lost the game 4-1. They are now 8-7-0 overall on the season.

The Minnesota River Bulldog Hockey Team fell to Austin (2-4) and Albert Lea (1-4) last week, but skated to a victory over Waseca (4-1).

The Waseca win on Thursday, Jan. 11 was sandwiched between losses on January 9 to Austin and January 13 at home against Albert Lea.

The Bulldogs’ win over Waseca came thanks to a power play by Matthew Plieseis, assisted by Hunter Wilmes and Danny McCabe in the first period. Waseca added a goal in the same period from Hayden Groll, assisted by Brett Attenberger and Peter Meyer. 

Bulldog Lane Schwarz moved his team ahead in the second period with a score, assisted by McCabe. 

The third period belonged to the Bulldogs as defense held the Bluejays scoreless. Bulldog scores came from Wilmes, assisted by McCabe and Ken RIngler with an empty net.

Coach Shea Roehrkasse said the skaters had a well-played game.  

“I thought we played a very solid game in all three zones and all three periods,” he said. “This was a nice win in both the conference and section. The boys did a great job and supported one another in all areas.”

The cooperative team between Belle Plaine High School, Cleveland High School, Le Sueur-Henderson High School, Tri-City United High School and St. Peter High School struggled to get the puck in the net when they played Albert Lea and Austin.

Roehrkasse said the team knew going in that Albert Lea was going to be a very good team.

“Right from the start you could tell they were an experienced group. It took a bit for us to get into our game, but once we did I felt we played very well,” the coach commented. “We were able to get a forecheck going that led to some very nice chances that we weren't able to capitalize on. Against teams like this we know we have to take advantage of those opportunities.”

Wilmes, a junior forward, was the only scorer for the Bulldogs. With assistance from Tyson Sowder. The score came toward the end of the second period.

The two goals in the game against Austin, came from forward Plieseis, with assistance from Charlie Weick in the first period, and from Schwarz assisted by Sowder in the second period. 

Roehrkasse said he felt the team played right against a team that was picked to win its section for the majority of two periods. He hopes playing that team will show the Bulldog players what they are capable of.

“Hopefully it showed the guys our potential that I believe we have,” he said.


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