Hockey play starts Tuesday
The Bottineau-Rugby Braves are looking to shed a 2015-16 hockey season that ended with a 3-17 overall record.
“We return a lot of guys at each position, so that is a positive start,” said Braves Head Coach David Hoff.
Five seniors return to the ice this year; forwards Karsen Ceglowski, Wolf Don Thorson and Ethan Kippen, and defensivemen Ty Spence and Shawn Schaan. A handful of juniors also return this year as well.
“These guys have to be the core of our team this year, both in leadership and play on the ice,” Hoff said.
Hoff said he is looking for his experienced guys to develop on the scoring end. The team lost its leading scorer Austyn Lorenz due to graduation, as well as starting goaltender Ehan Clements and another forward.
“We have to develop some scoring as we have struggled beyond a few guys to score consistently the last couple of years,” Hoff said.
Hoff said games against Bismarck High School, Bismarck Century and Minot are expected to be tough this year, however games against teams in the middle of the West Region Dickinson, Jamestown and Mandan are competitive as well.
Hockey action starts Tuesday (Nov. 22) in a non-conference game at Devils Lake.
FORWARDS: Karsen Ceglowski, Wolf Don Thorson, Ethan Kippen, Kyler Odden, Evan Nelson, Jace Scherr, Jarek Dolbeare, Wyatt Haakenson, Gabe Clements, Tanner Lord, Chance Lemar, Kaden Thorsell
DEFENSEMEN: Riley Olson, Ty Spence, Nate Haman, Shawn Schaan, Nic Costa, Jayden Handeland, Alex Hoffert
GOALIES: Micah Hershey, Tyler Olson
Nov. 22 @ Devils Lake
Dec. 2 vs. Jamestown @ Rugby
Dec. 3 vs. Dickinson
Dec. 16 vs. Hazen-Beulah
Dec. 17 @ Williston
Dec. 29-30 @ Wadena, Minn.
Jan. 6 @ Jamestown
Jan. 7 @ Mandan
Jan. 13 vs. Williston
Jan. 14 vs. Bismarck
Jan. 20 @ Hazen-Beulah
Jan. 21 @ Dickinson
Jan. 23 @ Minot
Feb. 3 vs. Mandan @ Rugby
Feb. 4 vs. West Fargo
Feb. 10 vs. Bismarck Century @ Rugby
Feb. 16-18: West Region Tournament @ Bismarck
Feb. 23-25: State Tournament @ Fargo
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