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Bantam B1's are LHA Panther Team of the Week

By Jesse Swanson, 12/14/18, 10:00AM CST


Have you ever seen a team start out 1-6 and go 7-2-2 against tougher competition to even their overall record to 8-8-2? Well that sums up the beginning of the North Bantam B1 teams season. The boys are currently on a 6-game winning streak beating Forest Lake, Mahtomedi, St. Michael, Shakopee, Hudson , and Johnson-Como. This included two shut-out victories against a tough Hudson team 3-0 and Johnson Como by our goalie who’s on fire, Colin Reller.

Colin has given up only 6 goals in the last 6 games thanks to his defensive teammates Gavin “Moose” (don’t touch my goalie) Moorhead, shot blocking machine Sam Miller, Strong play and aggressive Ryan Young, tenacious Chase Randall, never give up on a play Chase Flaskey, and the multi versital and gritty Sam Njaa.

They have made great strides in practice and games and it’s showing up on the scoreboard. Our Coaching staff led by Todd Sellman, Kyle Kranz, Kirby St. John, Pat Randall, and Tom Peterson have done a wonderful job pulling this team in the right direction.

In last 8 games we’ve score 38 goals including multiple goal games by Speedy Nick Olson, goal scoring machine Griffin Kranz, play the entire ice and goal scorer Josh Wolf, crafty Sam Swanson, shifty Caden St. John, Our (not so) secret weapon Luke Szopa.

Sam Peterson and Gavin Hoffman play a awesome forechecking game that keeps us in games and Jaden Smith and Luke Benson who have had some injuries but have been a tremendous asset when healthy for this team and we are looking forward to having them both back full time and healthy.

Bottom row left to right: Griffin Kranz, Sam Njaa, Chase Flaskey, Luke Benson, Ryan Young,  and Sam Swanson. Middle Row: coach Pat Randall, Sam Miller, Jaden Smith, Tyler Ahlvers, Chase Randall, and Colin Reller. Top Row: Sam Peterson, Nick Olson, Luke Szopa, Gavin Moorhead, Josh Wolf,  and Gavin Hoffman.