Steele County Blades Breeze to Season-Opening Win
The Steele County Blades junior hockey team opened the season by squashing the Rum River Mallards 7-1 in Isanti Saturday, September 25. Connor Mavalli (Boston MA) had a hat trick and added an assist. The Blades outshot Rum River 63-38. Leading 3-0 after two periods, the Blades gave up a goal early in the third. They responded with a four-goal outburst over the final seven minutes.
Movalli, who opened the scoring midway through the first, added back-to-back goals in the final stanza. Charlie Smith (Ontario) had a goal and two assists. Gavin Ellis (Highland, CA) and Ethan Second (Bellingham, WA) each had a goal and a helper. Faribault's Jordan Nawrocki added two assists. Jacob Snyder (Duluth, MN) made 37 saves for the win. See the game summary here.
The Blades go to Coon Rapids to play the Minnesota Blue Ox Friday and Saturday, October 1 - 2 at 7 pm each night. The home opener for Steele County comes Friday, October 8 versus Rum River at 7 pm at the Four Seasons Centre in Owatonna.
Mark you calendar for these home dates: (View the Blades' full schedule.)
- Friday, October 8 vs. Rum River, 7 pm
- Saturday, October 16 vs. Hudson, 7 pm
- Sunday, October 17 vs. MN Moose, 3 pm
- Friday, October 22 vs. Rum River, 7 pm
- Saturday, October 23 vs. MN Blue Ox, 2 pm
- Sunday, October 24 vs. Dells Ducks, 3 pm
- Saturday, November 6 vs. Wisconsin Rapids, 7 pm
- Sunday, November 7 vs. Wisconsin Rapids, 3 pm
- Friday, November 12 vs. MN Blue Ox, 7 pm
- Sunday, December 5 vs. Hudson, 7:30 pm
- Sunday, December 12 vs. MN Moose, 7:30 pm
- Friday, January 14 vs. MN Mullets, 7 pm
- Saturday, January 15 vs. MN Moose, 7 pm
- Sunday, January 23, vs. MN Mullets (at MSU-Mankato)
- Friday, February 4 vs. Dells, 7 pm
- Saturday, February 19 vs. MN Blue Ox, 2 pm
Meet the Blades! See their roster here.