After several multi-game weekends the Steele County Blades are on a short break from games. Most recently they split a pair of home games against Forest Lake.

After a loss on a Friday night, the Blades bounced back with a solid 3-0 victory on Sunday, November 27. Tim Grounds from Jamestown, N.D., made 29 saves for the shutout, his second on the season and earned the US Premier Hockey League Player of the Week honor. Grounds was quick to credit his teammates for their part in getting the shutout.

Grounds says he started playing hockey when he was very young but his father didn't want him to play goalie initially because the equipment is so expensive. Grounds kept bugging him about it and finally made the move between the pipes.

Kaleb Combs is in his second year with the Blades. He has missed games recently due to a concussion, but was thrilled to be back on the ice for that Sunday afternoon game. As a bonus, he scored his first goal of the year, benefiting from some hard work teammates Antonio Najera and Jordan Jackson did against the back wall. In the interview with KRFO Radio, Combs talked about the adjustment of making the transition to junior hockey.

Steele County (11-5-2) has one of the best records in the Elite Midwest Division but haven't played as many games as the other teams so they are in the middle of the pack based on the point standings. Steele County is off until Thursday, December 15, when they play at River Falls, Wis. The Blades open play in the Chicago Showcase Tournament Monday, December 19, against division-leading Wisconsin Rapids.