Friday, February 8, 2008

Section 8A Hockey's Offensive / Defensive / Goaltender Players-of-the-Week Awards

For Immediate Press Release
Friday, February 8, 2008
East Grand Forks, MN:

Section 8A Hockey Announces Offensive / Defensive / Goaltender Players-of-the-Week Awards

By: Timothy Oshie
Publisher / Writer

Oshie Sports & Entertainment is pleased to announce the Section 8A Offensive, Defensive and Goaltender Players-of-the-Week, sponsored by the Section 8A Boy's Hockey web site.

EGF's Wikoff; Bagley's Thorson; Warroad's Ravndalen All Earn Offensive Player-of-the-Week honors.

Joey Wikoff, Forward, EGF Green Wave

East Grand Forks Green Wave senior forward, Joey Wikoff, had a fantastic week notching 2 goals and 3 assists. Wikoff, one of EGF's most steady offensive weapons, scored a goal and added an assist in the 6-5 overtime loss to Grand Forks Red River. On Saturday afternoon in Warroad, Joey compiled 1 goal and 1 assist in a late, third period comeback attempt that fell short, 6-4.

Joey has 32 total points on the season through February 4.

Michael Thorson, Forward, Bagley Flyers

Junior Michael Thorson ( 6'1", 185 lbs) posted 2 goals and 2 assists in Bagley's 6-5 come from behind win on Saturday, February 2, 2008, against Wahpeton/Breckenridge. Bagley was down 4-3 starting the third and with 10 minutes left but Thorson helped lead the Flyers back by assisting on Chris Fletchers game tying goal and scoring the game winner with 4 minutes left. His offensive presence was felt throughout the game as he notched 8 shots on goal. Thorson currently has 17 goals and 8 assists for 25 points this year.

Bryce Ravndalen, Forward, Warroad Warriors

Senior captain, Bryce Ravndalen, once again proved why he's so lethal, scoring 10 points in two games versus East Grand Forks and Grand Forks Central. On Saturday afternoon, Ravdalen tallied 2 goals+ 3 assists in the Warriors, 6-4 victory. He then repeated the 5 point outburst on Tuesday, February 5, where he collected 1goal + 4 assists in the 8-3 win over the Central Knights of GrandForks. This is Ravndalen's second selection as Section 8A Player-of-the-Week.

EGF's Kody Vizenor Selected As Section 8A DefensivePlayer-of-the-Week.

Kody Vizenor, Defense, EGF Green Wave

Kody Vizenor, a mainstay on the East Grand Forks blueline, earns Section 8A Defensive Player-of-the-Week honors. Vizenor sparked the EGF offense on Saturday afternoon versus the Warroad Warriors at The Gardens Arena. Kody scored 1 goal and added an assist in the third period as EGF mounted a comeback at Warroad. Down 4-0, EGF foughtback to get to 5-4 but Warroad scored an empty netter to seal the win. Vizenor's defensive talents in all game situations against top end caliber teams like Warroad, Grand Forks Red River and Moorhead have earned him this weeks honor. Kody has accrued 3 goals plus 8assists this season for the Green Wave.

Walker/Hackensack/Akeley's Devon Weberg; Kittson Central's ScottLindegard Earn Section 8A Co-Goaltenders-of-the-Week.

Devon Weberg, Goalie, Walker-H-A Ice Wolves

Walker-Hackensack-Akeley's goaltender, Devon Weberg, had a great week between the pipes for the Ice Wolves. The senior goalie steered aside 52 of 54 shots in the 3-1 loss to Red Lake Falls, and posted a 96.3 Save % on the night. During the 2008 campaign, Weberg has earned a 88.9 Save % on 650 shots. His Ice Wolves are playing in their inuguaral season in Section 8A and Minnesota High School Hockey.

Scott Lindegard, Goalie, Kittson Central Wolfpack

Kittson Central Wolfpack senior goaltender, Scott Lindegard, is one of the prime reasons KC is near to top of Section 8A standing. Lindegard had 41 saves against Park Rapids last Friday night in the wild 3-2 victory over the previously unbeaten Panthers of ParkRapids. Scott also earned victories over Crookston, a 5-4 overtim eaffair, and a turned aside 25 or 26 shots in the 4-1 win last Saturday afternoon at Wadena-Deer Creek.

Head Coach Scott Younggren proclaims, "He (Lindegard) is a leader with his intense play between the pipes for us."

Lindegard has kept Kittson Central in many games this season and given his Wolfpack a chance to win night in and night out.

Congratulations to Joey Wikoff, Michael Thorson, Bryce Ravndalen, Kody Vizenor, Devon Weberg and Scott Lindegard as Section 8A Players-of-the-Week for the week of January 27 - February 5, 2008.

Oshie Sports & Entertainment is proud to announce the launching of the Section 8A Boy's Hockey blog site:

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This site will be the most comprehensive hockey presence for all Section 8A Member Schools (Bagley-Fosston, Bemidji, Crookston, East Grand Forks, Kittson-Central, Lake of the Woods, Park Rapids, RedLake Falls, Thief River Falls, Walker-Hackensack-Akeley and Warroad).

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Anonymous said...

I just discovered this site, and I have to strongly disagree with some of your opinions. To name Joey Wikoff Offensive player of the week over John Grabanski for this Red River Game is wrong. I attended this game and John's goal to push it 5-4 in the third period, along with his previous goal in this game, were key moments. Also to not have included John Grabanski as one of the most valuable players in your poll is a disappointment. John lead in points last year and was named MVP. Also he has had an explosive season and is in the top three of point leaders this year. I cannot state exactly what position he holds as the stats have not been updated. Maybe if you referenced more Herald articles or attended a few games, you would see exactly how great of a player he is.

Oshie-Blogs said...


Thanks for your comment.

To put in briefly, the blogger system allows you to post polls yet has only (4) slots to them. You have to save and keep clicking on new sites which takes time.

During the process, if a person comes to the site and votes, you can no longer "add" at that point. That is what happened in last week's poll.

You will notice John Granbanski is in this weeks poll.

Yes, I do believe he is a spectacular player and plays on the what I would consider the best overall line in Section 8A hockey.

I appreciate your time to pinpoint this on the site.

Thanks for reading, posting and welcome to the site.

Anonymous said...

Will john grabanskis dad please stop posting.

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