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Teddy Blueger scores highlight-reel goal, adds two assists in win over Minnesota Red
Teddy Blueger of Shattuck-St. Mary’s had a goal and two assists in the championship game against Minnesota Red. Photo by Helen Nelson
Taking risks has never been an issue for senior forward Teddy Blueger of Shattuck-St. Mary’s.
At age 15 Blueger decided to uproot himself and travel across the ocean to hit the ice for Shattuck-St. Mary’s. The goal was to play against better competition in the sport he loved. Originally from Riga, Latvia, Blueger decided southern Minnesota was the best place for him to grow as a hockey player.
Now at age 17, Blueger is a key member of his team’s dominant offense that pulled out a 5-3 championship victory in the Bauer NIT on Sunday, Nov. 6, at New Hope Arena in New Hope.
In the second period, with his team up by a goal, Blueger decided to take another risk.
After catching a pass from teammate Ryan Schwalbe, Blueger dashed into the zone and cut to the middle of the ice, right into the teeth of the Minnesota Red defense. He split the two defenders, moved the puck to his backhand and flipped it over goaltender Bryan Nies of Grand Forks Red River to push the score to 2-0.
It was a bold, “in-your-face” type of goal that revved up both the crowd and his teammates.
Although his skill clearly transferred from Latvia, many things have been different for Blueger since he began living in the U.S.
“Life in general is just a lot different,” Blueger said. “Just how people go about their business. But I like it a lot here.”
Some of the differences he’s noticed have been on the ice as well.
“Intensity and the speed of the game,” Blueger said were very different in the U.S. “How hard guys work. The ice is definitely smaller, so the game is a little faster.”
During the course of the Upper Midwest High School Elite Hockey League, Blueger racked up 26 points (8 goals and 18 assists) on a team that went 13-1-1. His distribution abilities are well known — and much appreciated by his coach, Tom Ward.
“He sees plays, he sees people, and he’s a very deft passer,” Ward said. “He sees the game in a way that most people don’t see the game.
“Teddy Blueger is a very, very, very skillful player. To his credit he’s a hard-working skill player, so if you’ve got a player that’s got skill and he’s a hard worker, then you got a chance to have a good player. Teddy’s really maturing as a player. His game is rounding out and he’s learning to play in his own end and be reliable all over the rink.”
Coach Ward was pleased with Blueger’s performance, and his team’s performance as a whole, after winning the Bauer NIT title.
“Learning how to win championships is a learned trait,” Ward said. “I think you need to learn how to play when the cheese is binding a little bit and the pressure is on. And every game you can get in like this really helps.”
Shattuck-St. Mary’s is looking at the victory as a stepping stone to future success during the course of its long season.
“We are continuing to grow as a group, but we’ve got a lot of hockey to play,” Ward said. “We haven’t even had a snowflake yet and we gotta play until the middle of April. I really like the way we’re playing after 20 games.”
Blueger was happy for a little revenge. Shattuck-St. Mary’s lost in the title game last season 5-4 to Minnesota White in overtime, something that didn’t sit very well with the team.
“It definitely means a lot going forward,” Blueger said.
–Walker Orenstein, MN Hockey Hub staff
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Fejes scores twice in rout of Elite League standings leader Team Southeast
Hunter Fejes scored twice, and John Draeger and Teddy Blueger each had a goal and two assists to lead Shattuck-St. Mary’s past Team Southeast 8-2 on Sunday, Oct. 23, in an Upper Midwest High School Elite League matchup of standings leaders at Hobbs Ice Center in Eau Claire, Wis.
The teams alternated scoring the first five goals. The score was tied at 2 early in the second period when Shattuck-St. Mary’s (13-1-1) scored three times to take a 5-2 lead into the third.
Fejes scored both his goals in the third period as Shattuck-St. Mary’s finished the regular season on an 11-game win streak. Shattuck-St. Mary’s lone loss came on Oct. 1 to team Wisconsin.
Team Southwest, which had already clinched the regular season league title, dropped to 13-4-3. Two of Team Southwest’s losses have come against Shattuck-St. Mary’s. Team Southeast had one game remaining on its schedule, a matchup against host Team Wisconsin on Sunday afternoon.
Shattuck-St. Mary’s, which annually joins the Elite League two weeks after the rest of the teams, finished in second with 28 points in the standings despite playing six fewer games.
Team Southeast’s Tyler Sheehy of Burnsville scored in the first period and Scott Nelson of Eastview tied it at 2 on a power play just 47 seconds in the second period.
Shattuck-St. Mary’s goaltender Kyle Hayton stopped 24 of 26 shots and lowered his league-best save percentage to .929. Hayton also has the Elite League’s best goals-against average at 1.88.
Anders Franke of Elk River stopped 30 of 38 shots.
Team Southeast lost top defenseman Eric Schurhamer of St. Thomas Academy to a game ejection for butt-ending late in the second period. Schurhamer also received a 5-minute misconduct for the infraction.
SSM rolls past Team Southeast
Click here for article written by Shattuck Alumni Al Daniel.
Reilly’s vision makes him top scholastic option Tuesday, 06.14.2011 / 12:01 PM / 2011 NHL Entry Draft By Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer Mike Reilly might not possess that intimidating look or hulking stature that’s usually coveted in today’s defensemen, but it’s amazing what intelligence and vision can do for a top prospect along the blue line.In his first season at the famed Shattuck-St. Mary’s school in Faribault, Minn.
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Jindra named new assistant at Alaska-Anchorage USCHO Staff Report • Saturday, June 4, 2011 Former Notre Dame forward and volunteer assistant coach T.J. Jindra has been hired as the new assistant coach at Alaska-Anchorage. Jindra played for four seasons with the Irish from 2003-07 and served as a volunteer assistant last year.
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Team USA name 4 Shattuck-St. Mary’s alums to World Championship Roster. Jen Schoullis, Monique Lamoureux-Kolls, Jocelyn Lamoureux, and Brianna Decker will help Team USA in quest for consecutive gold medals in the World Championships. This year event takes place April 16 th -25 th in Zurich, Switzerland. http://www.usahockey.com//Template_Usahockey.aspx?NAV=TU_02&ID=22896
Shattuck-St. Mary’s too much for Little Caesars in 19-U Tier I final April 10, 2011 By Carl Chimenti Special to USAHockey.com It was a dominating performance from start to finish for Shattuck-St. Mary’s