Athletic Trainer, Chris Walker, gives his insight into tonight’s Da Beauty League game.
Tonight, the 3-0 Team TRIA looks to extend their winning streak. In the first three weeks of Da Beauty League Team TRIA has been led by the Hunters; Miska and Fejes. Last week, the Arizona Coyotes prospects were again impressive. Hunter Fejes recorded the opening goal of the game on the way to a 6 point night. In goal, Hunter Miska limited the chances of a strong Team TRADITION. Miska finished the night with 30 saves on 34 shots.
Tonight Team TRIA faces the 1-2 Team Velocity. Velocity in the red jerseys fields a veteran team full of local ties. Velocity features the former NCHC Goalie of the Year in Charlie Lindgren (Lakeville), the former St. Cloud State Husky is now playing professionally in the Montreal Canadiens system. Velocity similar to most DBL teams is coached by a former Gopher. Chris McAlpine, a former Stanley Cup winner and record-setting Gopher defenceman guides his veteran team as they look to get to the .500 mark tonight.
Both TRIA and Velocity are anchored by young NHL defenceman. TRIA continues to get strong play out of Nick Leddy, Mike Rielly, and Jake Gardiner. Velocity also has an experienced back end with the likes of former SCSU d-man Nick Jensen, and former St. Louis Blues Chris Butler. On paper both teams should be strong defensively, but the DBL’s 4-on-4 play always seems to lead toward an offensive game. Last week TRIA again saw a high scoring game with 7 goals.
TRIA had plenty to celebrate last week with 7 goals coming from 5 players. After a slow start TRIA found the net twice within one minute to open the game. Ultimately the goal scoring was led by Gabe Guentzel, scoring his first DBL hat trick. Fejes and his 6 point night was good enough to earn Player of the Game honors.
Velocity has a potential for plenty of firepower up front, but they have yet to capitalize on the open style of play in the DBL. Velocity has plenty of local ties as do all DBL teams. Kyle Rau, Matt Hendricks, and Drew Stafford are all veterans of the State of Hockey. Hendricks was a star at Blaine and SCSU, playing last season in Edmonton. Rau has just signed a contract with the Minnesota Wild after playing for the Gophers and starting his professional career with the Florida Panthers. Drew Stafford is a University of North Dakota alum who came up through the storied Shattuck-St. Mary’s prep program.
TRIA plays in the late game tonight, although they have had success playing at any time in the schedule. We hope you’ll join us out at Braemar Arena as Team TRIA looks to continue their winning streak through Da Beauty League.