Will Dodge County Make Hockey History?
The Dodge County boys hockey team is in position to make a run at history. For the first time the Wildcat boys hockey team is the top seed in its season. The Wildcats skate into pursuit of their first-ever section title Thursday night in Kasson against Winona. The winner will advance to the semifinals at the Rec Center in Rochester against either fourth-seed Mankato East or fifth-seed Minnesota River.
Nothing can be taken for granted however. Coach Nick Worden, in his second year as head coach, tells The Rink Live, "It's just focusing on the details. We have to fine tune things everyday. One day last week we just focused on passing, finding the tape every time."
Dodge County has won 13 games in a row and is 20-5 overall. They are averaging 5.8 goals per game and a wildly successful 32-percent on the power play. Sophomore Brody Lamb leads the state with 46 goals. He's also dished out 20 assists.
Worden says, "The young guys are playing confidently. We knew it was going to take a month or so to get them confident and going."
The other top scorers for the Wildcats are sophomore Brendon Wolesky (13 goals-26 assists for 39 points), junior Charlie Blaisdell (8-22=30), junior Isaac Rogne (10-19=29), sophomore Jake Isaak (9-14=23), sophomore Gavin Giesler (16-7=23), and junior Cade Spreiter (8-14=22). Sophomore goalie Isaac Dale is 18-5 with a 2.93 goals against and .880 saves percentage.
DC beat defending section champ Minnesota River this season 7-5 and third-seed Faribault 5-3. The Wildcats lost 4-3 in overtime to Waseca, who is the sixth seed.
Section 1A boys hockey schedule
Thursday, February 20
No. 8 Winona at No. 1 Dodge County
No. 5 MN River at No. 4 Mankato East
No. 6 Waseca at No. 3 Faribault
No. 7 Albert Lea at No. 2 Mankato West
Semifinals, Rec Center in Rochester, Saturday, February 22, 11:30 am and 2 pm
Finals, Red Center, Wednesday, February 26, 7 pm