The Steele County Blades junior hockey team will close out its home regular season schedule Monday and Tuesday, February 22 and 23 versus the Rochester Vipers. Game time is 7 pm each night and fans can buy tickets to attend, up to a limit. Scroll down in this blog post for interviews with several Blades players.

Steele County will close the regular season at division-leading Wisconsin Rapids Friday and Saturday, February 26 and 27. The Blades will probably be the fifth seed in the playoffs and would then face the Minnesota Blue Ox in the postseason. Steele County is coming off back-to-back one-goal road losses over the weekend.

Steele County rallied for three goals in the third period Friday at Spooner, WI against the Minnesota Moose to tie the game at 4-4. The Moose scored late in the third for a 5-4 win. The Blades dropped a 4-3 decision at Isanti against Rum River Saturday on a goal in the closing seconds in a back-and-forth game.

MEET SOME OF THE PLAYERS

Even though the Steele County Blades have not been able to hold meet-the-player nights, the community has opened their doors to the players from around the state, country and world to pursue their dreams of playing hockey in college and beyond.

[Click on the name below the lead-in to hear each interview.]

Ryan Brouillette is from Billerica, MA and is enjoying his time in Owatonna, the first time he has been so far away from home. Brouillette holds family very close to his heart.

Ryan Brouillette

Ethan Secord calls Bellingham, WA home and enjoys the mountains and ocean, but he was born in Canada and playing hockey was an automatic for him, plus his dad played

Ethan Secord

Gavin Ellis is from Highland, California and was impressed (or amazed) to find people put rinks in their backyards in Minnesota.

Gavin Ellis

Noah Yerdon hails from Monaca, PA and fell in love with the Pittsburgh Penguins as an introduction to hockey

Noah Yerdon

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