By: Timothy Oshie
Section 8A Boy's Hockey Publisher
Hats off to hundreds of Section 8A hockey fans for selecting Zane Gothberg of the Thief River Falls Prowlers and Craig Lindegard of the Kittson-Central Wolfpack as the January 2009 Section 8A Outstanding Performances.
Gothberg, who stole the show last February at the Section 8A semi-finals vs. the Warroad Warriors, with his Dominic Hasek-style performance. It was Mark McDonald's blast from the blueline early in overtime that ruined TRF's chances of getting back to the Xcel Energy Center for the second time in three years. But it was that performance that caught the eye of Section 8A onlookers and other players that pushed him to the forefront of NW Minnesota goaltending.
Craig Lindegard on the other hand, is one of the guys that have to face Gothberg during the long, cold Section 8A winter hockey schedule.
Lindegard, a big physical presence, had the weekend of his life back in early January in the win over the Bagley-Fosston Flyers and a tie to the feisty, Park Rapids Panthers. The crafty junior scored four goals and added three assists for a career-high (7) point performance against Bagley-Fosston, then notched a hat trick versus the Panthers.
Congratulations both Zane Gothberg and Craig Lindegard.