Maple Grove spent a lot of time in their own zone
Opening weekend chose to be rather difficult for the Maple Grove Energy as they dropped another lopsided decision, this time to the Rochester Ice Hawks, 12-1. Again, it was the second period when everything came undone with five Ice Hawk goals. 17 different Ice Hawk players would register a point or more in the rout.
Maple Grove would go with Brandon Kolvoda in net and he seemed very sharp in the first period. Kolvoda stopped 25 shots alone in the first to keep his team in the game. Rochester did find the back of the net twice, once on the power play. The shot total would slant heavy for the Ice Hawks, 27-5, after one period.
Things got worse in the second period and Maple Grove didn't seem to help themselves with penalties. Rochester would put in five power play goals to help their cause. Maple Grove would get on the board on the power play themselves. A big one-timer from defenseman Tannar Decker erased the shut out, but would not slow the Rochester attack.
The third period saw Blair Sanders take over goaltending duties, but he did not last long, giving up two goals before getting injured. Kolvoda jumped back in and finished out the game. Rochester would put up five more goals in the third period and finish strong in the 12-1 victory. Rochester also put up an amazing 85 shots to just 28 for Maple Grove. Shades of three seasons ago.
To see the boxscore, go here.
The Energy will look to bounce back next weekend when they welcome the Dells Ducks to town on Friday and the Owls on Sunday. Look for an improved team then.
Agent Smith would have had issues with this Andersson too
It was a rough start for the Maple Grove Energy on Friday night, dropping the season opener at home, 9-3, to the Hudson Crusaders. The second period hurt the most, with Hudson scoring five goals in the period and forcing a switch in net for the Energy. This game resembled nothing of the war these two teams had in the playoffs less than a year ago.Hudson's dominance showed up in the shot column the most with the visitors outshooting the Energy 65-37 for the game.
The game started off great with Daniel Risch getting the Energy on the board early. That goal only seemed to wake up the Crusaders, especially Dennis Andersson. The Hudson forward took the game over, scoring a pure hat trick from the first period into the second period. He would finish with a six point night. Colin Buness would break up the Andersson goal party with one of his own in the second period, cutting the Hudson lead to 3-2. That would be as close as the Energy would get. Hudson reeled off four more straight goals to take a commanding 7-2 lead into the third period.
In the third, Maple Grove decided to put in back up goaltender Nick Cameron into the game to close it out. Cameron played well, but was not immune to the Crusaders attack. He would give up two goals in the third. Nate Kuda added one goal for the Energy in the third on a snap wrister, but it was not enough offense in a 9-3 loss.
To see the boxscore, go here .
The Energy go for win number one on the season tonight as they play host to the Rochester Ice Hawks. Game time is 7pm. See you there!
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Coach Johnson brings over 25 years of coaching experience to the Energy, including nearly 10 years at the Junior A level. In 2011-12 he won the Excellence in Coaching award for the MNJHL and was chosen to coach the MNJHL West All-star team that competed in the Best of the Rest Showcase at the National Tournament.
Coach Johnson also developed and ran a dry land training program called Ultimate Rush; he ran the STP program for Park Center and coached several AAA teams in the summer. Additionally he was a coach in the Elite League.
Coach Johnson, has developed player's that have gone on to compete at every level from college to the pros.
Those that have played for him say that he brings a calm focused demeanor to the bench and they appreciate his ability to articulate the subtleties of the game that allow them to take their game to the next level.
Sheldon Kihle, current captain of Aurora University hockey team said, “Coach Johnson taught me the game in a way that nobody ever had before. His approach and his commitment made me the player that I am today.”
The Energy is pleased to have a coach with Dennis’ experience and level of success as part of their organization.