The Northstar Christan Academy’s plans for the future were no secret. The Knights officially announced this week that they would be adding a 16-and-under team to the program starting next season.

“The Knights are super excited to be able to offer U15 and U16 players and families from around the country the opportunity to be a part of our program next year,” said Northstar Hockey Director Rick Randazzo in a release. “Our unique mix of spiritual development, academic advancement and athletic excellence has been extremely successful with our prep team, and we look forward to the increased impact we will have by adding a second team next season.”

The U16 team will play in the High Performance division of the North American Prospects Hockey League, just like the U18 team competes in at their respective age level. U18 head coach John Olver and assistant coach Tim Jackman will lay the groundwork for the early development of the U16 team.

The U18 team is currently ranked 13th in the country among Tier I AAA teams in the country. Last weekend they picked up two more wins over St. Louis.

After a 5-1 win on Saturday, Anthony Menghini scored a power-play goal to kick off game two on Sunday. St. Louis scored two goals in the second period before Alexandria’s Jakob Stender tied the game before the intermission.

The third period belonged to the Knights as Ben Oakland, Alexandria’s Truett Olson and Zach Barros all scored to take home a 5-2 win.

The Knights are back in action this weekend at the NAPHL Showcase in Blaine.