|Game 3 if needed vs Icehawks
Minnesota Junior League Champions 2012, 2013
USA HOCKEY NATIONAL TOURNAMENT 2003, 2006, 2010, 2012, 2013
HAPPY BIRTHDAY COACH SHEPHERD!
REICHL COMMITS TO FLORIDA GULF COAST UNIVERSITY
On Sunday, Tyler Reichl received a phone call from Florida Gulf Coast University Head Hockey Coach Bob Brinkworth, advising Tyler he has been accepted to the University. Tyler will be studying Exercise Science and continue his play at Florida Gulf Coast University under Coach Brinkworth for their ACHA DII Team beginning in the 2014-2015 season. WE'RE PROUD OF YOU!!!
PLAYOFF DETAILS: Each week the playoff games will be scheduled based on seeding/standings.
ROUND 1 NORTHERN LIGHTS VS ICEHAWKS
Game 1: FRIDAY NIGHT MARCH 7 at 7 PM RIDDER ARENA, UMN.
Game 2: SATURDAY NIGHT MARCH 8 at 7 PM @ Rochester
Game 3 (If needed): Lights will host at UMN Mariucci Arena 11 AM.
Round 1: NL is the top seed, playing the Rochester Ice Hawks in a best of three series. (1v8, 2v7, 3v6, 4v5 in each division). Each team gets to host one game and if game 3 is needed, the Lights would host.
Round 2: (Great 8) The final four teams play each other in each division.
Round 3: (Final 4) The two remaining teams from each division will meet in Oregon WI for a mini tournament. The top two teams from that weekend will go to the USAH nationals in Hartford CT.
Round 4: For bragging rights, hardware and the MNJHL #1 bracket at nationals, these final two teams meet for one game championship game, winner takes all.
TEAM AWARDS: End of year team photos will be taken this week and players will be voting for the annual Northern Lights Awards. Some of the earned awards include: 50+ Points, 30+ Assists
Check back next week to see the winners!
Good wishes to our '93 birth year players who are aging out of Junior Hockey: Dylan O'Connor (Grand Rapids MI), Ryen Zerfas (Brookings SD), Tyller Rober (Maplewood MN), Dylan VanBrocklin (Casper WY) and the rest of the team as they head into playoffs. GO LIGHTS!!
**************************************************ALL STAR GAME RECAP:
Congrats to the Lights players who participated in the MNJHL All Star game played 12/22/13 in front of a great, loud crowd. NL Head Coach Craig Shepherd manned the bench of the winning team that included players from the Northern Lights, Rochester Ice Hawks, Edina Lakers and Steele County Blades. NL defensemen Tony Pnewski scored a goal and assisted on another while Tyller Robert had many assists; NL forward Michael Gunderson scored during regulation and had several nice moves. NL Goalie Blair Sanders was announced during the webcast as second star of the game. The team came back from a 4-7 deficit to go to overtime which included a goal by NL Andrew Berquist for the win. Big night for our team... and our only regret was not being able to take more of our team! Very proud of each of you!
PROSPECTIVE PLAYERS: We have a few spots open for players who are recently released from a NAHL team. Contact our office 952-888-4311 or email staff at email@example.com (Head Coach Craig Shepherd: mobile phone 719-648-0315).
RECENT ADVANCEMENT ANNOUNCEMENTS:
+Tyler Reichl (F) Gulf Coast University (ACHA)
+Dylan Blankenship (F) Northern Arizona
+Willie Brown (F) Topeka Roadrunners NAHL
+Brett Connaughton (F) University of Denver (ACHA)
+Jonas Fredriksson (D) Saint Olaf
+Seth Gustin (D) Niagara University
+Zach Johnson (F) Coulee Chill NAHL
+Nick Kunes (F) Concordia University WI
+Cole Larson (D) Milwaukee School of Engineering
+Matt Pietrzykowski (F) Becker College
+Tony Pnewski (D) Coulee Chill NAHL
+Carter Purdy (F) University of Nebraska
+John Regnart (D) Coulee Chill NAHL
+Andrew Scofield (F) Springfield NAHL
+Eric Shand (D) University WI Superior
+Gordon Wells (F) Coulee Chill NAHL
MNJHL League site: MNJHL.COM
Click for NL action photos, stats and more
CONGRATS TO NL VETS
** Jesse Felten of the Dayton Demonz was Pro Hockey News FHL Player of the Month for February.
** Matt Summers continues success with the Wichita Thunder (CHL).
**Veteran goalie Josh Swartout is one of two finalists for WILD Emergency Goalie Watch the Shootout Here Swartout was our starting goalie before playing four years varsity hockey at Gustavus where he recently graduated.
**ANTHONY WALSH scored a goal in the championship game at the Minnesota High School State Boys Hockey Tournament as Edina won the championships. He's been drafted in the NAHL.
MNJHL ANNOUNCES LEAGUE AWARDS:
MNJHL Sportsmanship Award -- Northern Lights
Jace Childs - NL Forward(MVP), MNJHL All Star Team
Jonas Fredriksson -NL Defense, MNJHL All Star Team
Auston Larson - MNJHL Player Development Award
(Presented to a player on each team whose development over the season was clearly revealed by personal sacrifice, discipline and mental toughness while maintaining a positive attitude)
*Note: None of our goalies had the required number of minutes in goal at the time of league all star voting.
The MnJHL's mission is to engage and challenge the student athlete in all areas of development within a constructive, supportive environment.
WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT: 35+ NL VETS PLAYING COLLEGE HOCKEY THIS WINTER
Alex Ach (F) Saint John's University(NCAA Division 3 MIAC)
Andrew Anderson (F) Saint Olaf (NCAA Division 3 MIAC)
Tyler Austin (F) Augsburg College (NCAA Division 3 MIAC)
Jon Barrick (F) Augsburg College (NCAA Division 3 MIAC)
Brandon Beebe (F) University of Los Vegas (ACHA M2)
*Phil Cook (G) University of MN Mankato (NCAA Division 1) graduating 2013 Sports Management
Naverone Copley (F) University of St Mary's - Winona (NCAA Division 3 MIAC)
*Rocky DeAngelo (F) Northern Arizona University (ACHA M2, transfer from Nichols NCAA Division 3, ECAC) Graduating 2013
Nick Edwards (F) Southern Illinois University SIUE(ACHA)
Mike Falvey (F) Iowa State (ACHA M1)
Spencer Franks (F) Gustavus JV (NCAA Division 3 MIAC)
Bryan Gunderson (F) Waldorf College
Justin Hale (D) University WI Stevens Point (NCAA Division 3 NCHA)
Nate Hardy (G) Saint Cloud State University backup
Nick Heimer (G) Hamline University (NCAA Division 3 MIAC)
*Donnie Iverson (F) Minot State (ACHA M1)graduating 2013 with BS Nursing
Nick Kohn (G) Milwaukee School of Engineering (NCAA Division 3 MCHA)
Trevor Leonard (D) Northland College (NCAA Division 3)
Lane Mahoney (F) Hamline University (NCAA Division 3 MIAC)
Kevin Medina (F) Milwaukee School Engineering (NCAA Division 3 MCHA)
John O'Connell (D) Lindenwood College (ACHA M1) transfer from Marian College
Erik Ordahl (D) Augsburg College (NCAA Division 3 MIAC)
Tyler Pace (F) University of MN (ACHA M2)
Paul Parisot (F) Iowa State (ACHA M1)
Nate Percy (F) Iowa State (ACHA M1- transfer from Bethel University NCAA)
Mason Riley (G)Northland College (NCAA Division 3)
Patrick Ryan (D) Niagara University (ACHA M1)
Joel Scatarelli (D) Hamline University (NCAA Division 3 MIAC)
Dan Shilts (F/D) Concordia Wisconsin (NCAA Division 3 MCHA)
Josh Shingler (F) Bethel University (NCAA Division 3 MIAC)
Adam Slagle (D) University of WI Stout (NCAA Division 3)
Tyler Sorenson (D) Bethel University (NCAA Division 3 MIAC)
*Matt Stolzberg (D) Colorado State University (ACHA M2) graduating 2013
Brett Tobin (D) Western Washington University (NAIH)
Matt Toter (G) Oakland University (ACHA M1)
National Tournament 2012 All Tournament Team
Kyle Vesling (F) Lindenwood College (ACHA M1)
Austin Willenborg (G) Finlandia University
Garrett Windle (D) Bethel University (NCAA Division 3 MIAC)
Kris Yelderman (D) Weber State University (ACHA M2)
...And our favorite college football player...NATE ADAMS
who is now a sophomore playing Division 1 Football for Bemidji State University.
League Action Photos
ABOUT OUR ORGANIZATION
The Twin Cities Northern Lights is a 501c3 non-profit organization based in Bloomington Minnesota, located in the southwest metro suburbs of Minneapolis - Saint Paul, USA. Our players who are 16-20 years old come from across the country to play in the Minnesota Junior Hockey League with the intention of training in order to hopefully move up to the college hockey ranks. We are motivated to develop everyone within the Northern Lights family and aim to provide learning opportunities for coaching staff and management interns who will hopefully advance from here to a full time career in the sports industry.
NORTHERN LIGHTS HOCKEY: We provide an environment that promotes hockey development, personal growth and academic achievement.
*Reach their highest potential in hockey
*Prepare for college, the workplace and life
*Become a positive influence in the community, specifically to challenge others to make smart health choices and to personally serve others.
Office Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Phone: 952-888-4311
PO Box 20725, Bloomington MN 55420
Management: Ross and Stephanie Smith
Head Coach Email: email@example.com
Craig Shepherd Phone: 719-648-0315
LIGHTS TOOK 2nd PLACE at the 2013 Tier III NATIONAL TOURNAMENT Check out details here... IN THE PRESS: News Story Goals Come Out
GAME 1 NL vs Bellingham GAME 2 NL vs New Hampshire
GAME 3 NL vs North Iowa