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Plenty to honor for Alex boys hockey

Alexandria’s Sam Goetsch gets in front of the crease to make a stop during a Central Lakes Conference game against St. Cloud Tech on January 9, 2014. (Blaze Fugina/Echo Press)

The Alexandria boys’ hockey team had a defense that kept the Cardinals in games all season, and the anchor of that was honored at their awards banquet last Tuesday night as Sam Goetsch was named the MVP.

The senior goaltender allowed three goals or more just four times this season in 27 games. Goetsch had a 1.90 goals against average and a .918 save percentage through the regular season.

Goetsch was one of three Alexandria players named to the All-Central Lakes Conference team. Senior Kevin Finley and junior Parker Revering joined him on that team, while seniors Brady Bast and Matt Resch and juniors Christian Canavati and Ryan Marciniak were honorable-mention selections.

The Cardinals were also well represented on the all-section teams after making a run to the 6A title game. Goetsch was named the first-team goalie. Finley and Canavati were second-team members and Bast and Revering earned honorable-mention honors.

Bast took home the Top Scorer Award from the banquet after finishing with a team-high 22 points on 11 goals and 11 assists through the regular season. Jack Steffl earned the Hardest Worker Award from his teammates. Steffl got some varsity experience as just a sophomore this year and finished with three goals and an assist in 22 games played through the regular season.

Levi McFarlane was named the most improved player on the team. The senior forward finished fifth on the team in points with 14 with nine of those coming on goals.

Toby Helgeson added an Inspiration and Leadership Award. The senior finished off his career with four goals and five assists on top of what he brought to the team through his leadership abilities that earned him this award.

The Cardinals had a memorable season that came up just one goal short of where they wanted to be in the state tournament. Alexandria fell 2-1 in the section final against St. Cloud Cathedral, but put together an 18-6-3 season. They also took second in the CLC with a 12-2-1 record.

Some members of the team were recognized for what they did by being named to postseason all-star teams. Finley earned a spot on the Great 8 Section 6A/AA team. Canavati, Revering and Marciniak were also named to the High Performance Section 6A/AA all-star team.

On top of what they did on the ice, the Cardinals had 24 players who received Jefferson High School Outstanding Academic Achievement Awards. Goetsch, Andrew Rentschler and Alec Wosepka were also named to the CLC honor roll.

Alexandria has already set its sights on next season as the Cardinals have named Canavati, Marciniak and Revering as the team captains for the 2014-2015 season.


TEAM AWARDS – MVP – Goetsch; Hardest Worker – Steffl; Most Improved – Levi McFarlane; Inspiration and Leadership Award - Helgeson; Top Scorer – Brady Bast

ALL-CLC – Goetsch, Finley, Revering; Honorable mention – Bast, Resch, Canavati, Marciniak

CLC HONOR ROLL – Goetsch, Rentschler, Wosepka

ALL SECTION – FIRST TEAM – Goetsch; SECOND TEAM – Finley, Canavati; HONORABLE MENTION – Bast, Revering

Eric Morken

Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.

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