It comes with great pride and excitement to announce that forward Jason Roeske of The Blaine Energy has committed to play his 2016/2017 season with the Waldorf Warriors! Congratulations Roeske, you earned it! Stay Positive, Always Believe, and Never Give Up!
Buddy Napier, forward Energy alumni, now of Waldorf College was named first team all rookie in the NCHL!! Napier played three seasons with the Energy from the inaugural year back in 2011 to 2014. Napier still holds a franchise record of 96 games played, truly a dedicated hockey player and person.
The Blaine Energy want to say a special congratulations to defensmen alumni Dalton Genat! Genat and the Oakland University Grizzlies are ACHA DIII National Champions! Genat manned the blueline for two seasons with the Energy from 2012-2014!
Kalvoda is the first goalie on the left.
Energy alumni, Brandon Kalvoda, and the Matadors defeated LMU 5-3 at the Staples Center in the Inaugural LA Kings College Cup ACHA DII championship!! Kalvoda played between the pipes in the 2014-2015 season when the Energy called Maple Grove Home.
The Blaine Energy broke a 24 game losing streak and got their first win inside their new home with a 7-3 victory over the Steele County Blades on Saturday night. their first point since an overtime loss to Steele County on November 14th.
These two teams had seen a lot of each other in recent history and it made for some bad blood. The Blades did get the first goal of the game from Colin Huffman, but that is when the energy came alive. Blaine would answer with three goals coming from Eric Engdahl, Parker Caskey, and a power play goal from Jason Roeske. The shots seemed to come fast and often from both sides in a wild first period. Steele County tallied 22 shots to Blaine's 15 for the period, but the Energy would have a 3-2 lead going into the first intermission.
The offensive output from the Energy did not dwindle in the second period as they would get three more goals. Captain Jamison Bach got the first goal of the second period, followed by Caskey's second goal of the night, and then one from Jacob Kantor. The fifth goal was last given up by starter Josh Beatty as Blades' Coach Nick Adamek went to his bench in favor of Hunter Marsh. The Blades still outshot the Energy, 18-12, in the period, but held a sizeable 6-2 lead going into the third period.
In the third period, a Sean Mallak short handed goal really sealed it for the Energy. The Blades would add a power play goal later on, but the lead was too large. Credit Blair Sanders for having an outstanding game, stopping 54 of 57 shots to get the win. The goal total was the highest of the season for the Energy and the three goals given up were the lowest of the season since game two of the season against the Magicians.
To see the score sheet, go here.
The Energy will look to keep things moving forward next weekend with two home games. The St. Croix Valley Magicians will visit Fogerty Arena on Friday at 7 PM and the Forest Lake Lakers will be guests on Saturday night at 7 PM. We hope to see you there to support the Energy!
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Ben Cencer, second year Energy forward, has taken a short leave from the team to participate in a worldwide sports program. Ben will be playing hockey in Russia for the next 10 days. See the press release below.
The Minnesota Junior Hockey League is growing – again.
Maple Grove is getting a new junior hockey team, with “new” being the preferred term.
Maple Grove Energy Hockey will be filling the void left behind by the Wildcats, who left the Minnesota Junior Hockey League after last season for a different conference. The team has a new owner and a new name, but that’s about all that has changed.
The team will occupy the same arena, have the same coach and director of operations and play in the same conference that the Wildcats did. But Cal Ballard doesn’t want to think of his new team as the resurrected Wildcats.
“Everything about it is new,” said Ballard, the team’s director of hockey operations. “We wanted to include ‘Maple Grove’ in the name because of how well the community has treated us.”
The league is made up of players coming of high school who are looking to earn a spot on a higher junior league team or college team. Ballard said many of the players are from outside of the state because their hockey leagues aren’t as competitive as Minnesota’s.
“They need that little extra push,” Ballard said.
While they play a grueling 50-game schedule that spans five months, players typically hold down a job or earn college credit at a local community college, Ballard said. Players that go on to play in college typically end up in small private colleges in the area like Bethel in St. Paul or Augsburg.
Other players may move up to higher amateur leagues like the United States Hockey League.
Ballard will keep long-time friend Jon Liesmaki on as the coach. The two have known each other since Liesmaki was a captain of a junior hockey team in the iron range named the Yellow Jackets, which Ballard owned a decade ago.
After leaving that team, Liesmaki played for Augsburg College in Minneapolis, where he got his master’s degree. He then took some time off from the sport, and worked on the west coast for several years before coming back to Minnesota.
About two years after his return, Liesmaki got a call from Ballard asking him when the annual Yellow Jackets reunion was going to take place. He also mentioned that he was looking for a coach to lead a junior hockey team.
Liesmaki had been thinking about coaching hockey someday and a return to the same league that gave him his start seemed like the perfect opportunity.
He now works as an environmental safety engineer for Honeywell in Plymouth and said he’s one of the few coaches in the league with a full-time job.
“This is an extremely big time commitment,” he said. But after years away from the game, he returned because of an “absolute love of the game.”
That, Liesmaki added, and the opportunity to give players and education like he had.
Maple Grove Energy Hockey will hold tryouts on August 19,20 and 21 in Rogers. More information about tryouts or helping the organization, check out www.energyhockey.com.
The Maple Grove Energy kicked off the 2012-2013 season last weekend with a fun-filled event at JC's Bar & Grill.
The Energy joined fans on Saturday (Sept 8) at JC's Bar & Grill before the game against the Hudson Crusaders. Numerous fans attended the event as the Energy gave away tickets and apparel.
Those fans were then in attendance while the Energy captured their first win of the year. In a back-and-forth game, the Energy scored two goals in the 3rd period to beat the Hudson Crusaders 4-3. The game tying goal was scored by second-year captain TJ Marquardt. The game winner also came from a veteran of the Energy, Dusty Munyer.
The Energy have several other fan events planned for the 2012-2013 season. Stayed tuned for more details. You can get all your Energy news on this website, our Facebook page, and our Twitter account.
The Energy has joined forces with the Memorial Blood Center. We will be offering fans a chance to donate blood at the Maple Grove Community Center on the afternoon of December 1st. After donating, fans will receive a 2-for-1 ticket coupon for the home game against the Rochester Ice Hawks!
Please send Jon Liesmaki an email (Jon.Liesmaki@EnergyHockey.com) if you are interested in donating.
A narrow victory in exciting fashion
The Maple Grove Energy never had the lead, but still managed a win in a game that went to a shootout. The Energy overcame a huge game from goaltender Brandan Alcorn and a two goal deficit early on to get the two points and move to the top of the standings.
It was a different team that came to play when the Ice Hawks came to town Sunday night. Rochester came out a bit more tempered and wanting to conserve energy. Their pace paid off in the form of two goals within two minutes of each other in the middle of the period. Ludo Duncko and Trey McMillen put pucks past Brian Anderson from near point blank range to put the Hawks up 2-0. Austin Hill would answer for the Energy when he put a wrister past Alcorn :23 after Rochester had got their second goal. The Energy dominated the shots on goal, 18-8, but it was Rochester who had the lead at 2-1 going into the first intermission.
Rochester got the lead back up to two when Nikolas Marconcini put a quick shot past Anderson right off the faceoff. The energy would answer back quickly again. This time Vlad Makorevych would answer in just over a minute with his 12th goal of the season. Later in the period, Blake Babineau would tie the game when he put one in the top corner on the power play. The Energy would again dominate the shoes in the period, leading 15-4 for the second period.
The third period seemed to favor Maple Grove as well, and would again in the shot department. Alcorn would continue to keep Rochester in the game with his stellar play and move this game to overtime.
In overtime, Rochester looked to be the fresher bunch earlier on and gave pressure on Brain Anderson. Both teams would end up hitting the post in the five mintues overtime period, giving the fans some serious 'oooh's and ahh's', but no goals. It would be decided by a shootout.
Gavin Smith had a highlight worthy, Sports Center type goal and Matt Benolkin finished off the Hawks with the last shot of the fifth round to give the energy the win.Brain Anderson was also very sharp in the shootout, giving up just one goal to the five shooters. The streak is now at seven straight wins and 13 straight games with at least one point.
To check out the box score, go here.
The Energy get a little break before returning November 22nd to host the Northern Lights.
Crusaders eek one out setting up a possible showdown in the 2nd round
The Maple Grove Energy were not able to finish the season strong, dropping their third contest in a row on Saturday night to the Hudson Crusaders. The 3-2 win for Hudson helped them gain the third seed for the MNJHL playoffs which will be coming next week. That could set up a possible second round match-up with these two teams.
Hudson started off short-handed, as three of their top players were called up to the Minnesota Magicians of the NAHL. The flow was good in the first period with few stoppages and just two penalties. The Energy could not capitalize on their two power play chances, but would get a goal late in the period. Gavin Smith put one past starter Jordan Langness for his 21st goal of the season over the right shoulder, giving the Energy a 1-0 lead. Maple Grove outshot the Crusaders 17-8 in the period.
Things seemed to be going the Energy's way in the second period until a questionable call gave the Crusaders a penalty shot. Luke Bing took the shot and beat goalie Brian Anderson for the tying goal. It was only :29 later when Hudson would take the lead thanks to Justin Ruedesbusch. Hudson would go into a defensive shell after that and Maple Grove started to attack. The Energy would get pressure, but not much was able to get through to Langness.
The Energy would need an equalizer in the third period. They found it when Eric Ylitalo knocked one in during a scramble in front of the net. The game was tied for only two minutes as Hudson found an answer. Pat Herbert was left alone in the slot and picked his spot for the game winner past Anderson. The Energy would pull Anderson for the extra attacker, but just couldn't get a decent chance off. Hudson held on to win, 3-2.
With the regular season over, the Energy finish with an impressive 31-13-2 overall record, the best in franchise history. Now they look for another franchise best and franchise first: a playoff series win and an advance to the second round. The team in their way will be the Edina Lakers. Game one is Wednesday at 1:30pm. The game will be broadcast live on MSBN. Help cheer on your Energy!
A season to celebrate
The Maple Grove Energy were hoping to ride the momentum of their first round sweep of Edina, but instead they got edged out in two straight games and knocked out of the playoffs. A heart-breaking double overtime defeat on Thursday was the first loss and a late Hudson goal took care of a possible Energy comeback the next night in Hudson. For the Crusaders, now it's a chance to compete in the final four round robin tournament and keep their season going. For the Energy, the result was a chance to look back on a fantastic season with many highs and only a few lows.
Game one on Thursday saw a nice crowd gather at the Maple Grove Community Center for the first ever second round playoff game for the Energy. A hard fought game was assumed and it was most certainly given. The game remained scoreless until the third period. Hudson grabbed the first goal on their one and only power play of the game. Maple Grove would tie it with around five minutes left in the third period thanks to a rebound put it by Travis Ricci. This game would go into, not one, but two overtimes. Billy Wagner finally settled it by driving to the net and beating Brian Anderson. A tough one to swallow for Energy fans. Matt Goedeke starred in net for Hudson with 38 saves.
In game two, the Energy traveled just over the border to Hudson. Hudson got the first two goals of the game, one late in the first period and the other late in the second period. Eric Ylitalo would bring the Energy within one goal in the third period, but Justin Ruedebusch tallied his second goal of the game with 40 seconds left to seal it. Hudson got the sweep in two very hard fought games. Brian Anderson and Matt Goedeke put on a show and what ended up to be a very epic battle. We wish the Crusaders good luck in the final four of the MNJHL tournament.
To see the boxscore for game 1, go here .
To see the boxscore for game 2, go here.
We have seen head coach Don Babineau and assistant coach Chad Ballard bring this team along and improve year by year. last season the team hosted a first round series for the first time ever. This season we saw the Energy pile up more wins than in any season and make it to the second round of the playoffs. We can't wait to see what new heights we reach next year!
See you next season Energy fans!
Maple Grove Energy head coach Don Babineau has resigned from coaching at the junior level tier3. At 36 years of age, many wonder why he would step away now and would it be forever? Will he come back at some point? Many questions have to be answered, so we sat down to talk with the former coach to see what’s on his mind. Here is the interview:
J. Huffman- Let’s dive right into it…Why did you decide to leave?
Don Babineau- It wasn’t just one thing. It was many different things that caused me to step back. I have been in the MNJHL for half my life (18 years both as coach and player) and thought it was time to step away and be with my family. In my house it’s Family first, then school, then hockey.
J. Huffman- How hard was the decision to leave?
Babineau- My family and I talked about it for a long time and came to the conclusion together to leave. I want to see my kids do things and become adults. My daughter is almost 16 and Blake is already 19.
J. Huffman- So are you leaving the doors open to return?
Babineau- I might coach again one day. It won’t be in the MNJHL. Maybe as a high school coach somewhere, or a bantam program somewhere in Minnesota. It would have to be a full time gig, really. Nothing with tier 3 junior hockey.
J. Huffman- What would you like to say going away?
Babineau- This might have been the hardest decision I have ever had to make. I would like to thank all the fans and all the great kids I have coached over the past two years. I would like to thank the Energy for having the confidence to let me take over and let me coach this team.
Energy-We would like to thank Coach Babineau for his time and wish him well in his future endeavors. He has turned things around for us and made the Energy a serious contender. We will continue to build on the foundation that has been laid down by Coach Babineau.
Stay tuned to our website and our Face book page for updates.
The hype and excitement surrounding the Energy moving to Blaine, along with new jerseys in a new league wasn't the story at the end of the night. It all took a back seat to the performance put on by Energy goaltender Blair Sanders. His 53 saves weren't enough though as the Energy fell in overtime, 3-2, to the St Croix Valley Magicians in front of a rowdy crowd in Fogerty Arena on Saturday night. The home opener had some star power with the Mayor of Blaine, Tom Ryan, dropping the first puck.
The Energy were able to open the scoring, getting a goal on their first power play. Tanner Decker started by firing the puck on starting goalie Nick Fellows, who made the save, but the scramble in front netted a blue collar goal for Jake Steiner. The Magicians would answer with two goals coming from veteran Peter Karavos and by Lakeville native Sean Stefaniak. The Energy would tie up the game late in the first period and on the power play again. Nick Tolin was able put the puck right where he wanted it over the left shoulder, top shelf on Fellows. Shots were even at 14 for the first period.
The second period was the period of Blair Sanders. He was strong on the posts, he protected the five hole, he limited rebounds. The Magicians could not figure him out how to put one past him and at the same time, Sanders kept the Energy in the game. The magicians out shot the Energy 22-4 in the period.
In the third period neither goalie was willing to concede a goal. The Energy penalty kill unit was busy, killing off three penalties in the period, including a questionable delay of game call against Nate Kuda. The Magicians wisely stayed out of the box and played penalty free for both the second and third periods. Shots favored the Magicians in the third period, 15-7.
In overtime it didn't take long to find a game winner. Curtis Hansen was able to wrist one past Sanders just 33 seconds into overtime, breaking players and fans hearts in one swift motion. The Magicians would out shoot the Energy 56-28 for the game.
The Energy will continue to look for their first win of the season as they go back on the road next Friday to face the Forest Lake Lakers. They are back home again September 25th and 26th against the Dells Ducks. See you there!