Saturday marked the final day of regular season in the Minnesota State High School Hockey League. Before all the playoff fun starts we’d like to take a look at some of our Sophomore standouts that made an impact in their first varsity seasons. First is Henry Bartle (Centennial Cougars). Henry is a point per game player with 24 points in 24 games. He is also the Cougars top scorer as a Sophomore.  The next standout is Carson Peters. Carson hails from Wayzata and made some huge strides in a short time. This year Carson transitioned from forward to defense and has contributed 8 points in a tough Lake Conference. Both can definitely help their squads upset some tough customers come playoff time.

The next two standouts have had both personal and team success this season. Sam Thelen (Totino Grace Eagles) has had a very good first campaign for the Eagles with 20 points and has helped his team to a 17-7 record and a Northwest Suburban Conference Championships. Sophomore Tanner Thompson (Champlin Park Rebels) has had similar success. His team broke their all-time wins record with a record of 19-6. Tanner has helped anchored the second line and is 4thin points with 19.

Let’s shift over to Section 5A. North Branch Vikings’ own Joey Kerchner has had a good start to his career, adding 24 points in 23 games which is good for 3rdon the team.  Section 5A counterpart Dylan Cook (Princeton Tigers) has also made some noise. Dylan is currently 3rdin points on his team with 35 points. It will fun to see who will come out of this sections, who knows Joey or Dylan could be the difference.

The next few standouts hail from the South East Suburban Conference. Mounds View’s power forward Luke Morrisette has added a physical presence and finesse with 21 points which is good for 2ndon the Mustangs. From Forest Lake, Hunter Johnson and Connor Brust have figured it out early. Hunter has added 23 points and Connor has 9 assists from the backend. Next up from the Roseville Raiders we have Joey O’Neil and Tony Leahy. Joey is currently second in scoring on the Raiders with 16 points and Tony is 1stin scoring for a defenseman with 11 points. These two among other sophomore give the Raiders a great future.

Stay tuned for more MAP member news as playoffs roll around.

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