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Bison boys skate past Moose
By Rob LaPlante
MAML Moose head coach Sheldon Weston came into last Thursday’s boys hockey showdown at Buffalo knowing they had to stop the Bison’s high scoring junior line of Jake Ramsey, Gunnar Goodmanson and Jerame Schuetzle.
Coming off an emotional 4-3 overtime win on Dec. 3 at St. Francis, Weston said his team has struggled offensively out of the gate this year, but defensively, they did a good job containing the Saints’ top line.
“(St. Francis’) top line is very good. But after that, it drops off a bit,” Weston said. “Kind of like the top line here (Buffalo). They move the puck well, they are fast, and if you can control the top line, you will do well against them.”
Buffalo had previously scored at least four goals in each of its previous three outings. For two periods, the string of four goals appeared in jeopardy. The Moose held the Bison’s top line in check for most the game, but senior Kody O’Neill broke the scoreless game at the 9:30 mark of the second period sweeping home a loose puck past Moose goalie Darien Jones.
It was the first career varsity goal for O’Neill, who was assisted on the play by senior linemate Wilson Anderle.
“I honestly didn’t expect it,” said O’Neill, describing the goal. “It hit off the edge of my skate blade and I fanned on the first shot. The goalie bit on that whiff. Once I saw the open net, I just threw it in. It really helped out the team and gave us some energy.”
The goal gave the Bison a 1-0 lead heading to the final period. The momentum appeared to create more energy from the Bison’s top line. A defensive minded game turned into a third period shootout. Both teams combined for a five-goal third period, and the Bison improved to 3-0-1 overall with a 4-2 victory.
With the Moose having to break their defensive shell to try and generate more offense, the Bison’s top line took advantage of the situation and had a hand in all three third-period goals.
Schuetzle made it 2-0, with Goodmanson assisting. Goodmanson extended the lead to 3-0 with Ramsey and junior Reed Morehouse assisting. Both goals came on the power play.
“I think for the most part we defended them well,” Weston said. “We took too many penalties. It’s tough to keep guys down when you’re playing shorthanded.”
Buffalo’s power play converted on 2-of-5 attempts. It proved to be the difference in a defensive struggle.
“I don’t think we were at our best to start the game, but you have to give a little credit to them,” said Bison head coach Aaron Johnson. “We didn’t have a great start and we didn’t have a great finish. Luckily in-between we found a way to win a hockey game.”
Johnson was quick to point out Anderle’s line as one of the keys to the game.
“Wilson is so smart in all three zones and does all the little things for us,” Johnson said. “He’s been playing great all year and it was nice to see his line get rewarded with a beautiful goal by Kody.”
Ramsey scored the Bison’s fourth goal, squeezed between a pair of MAML goals scored by Sam Johnson and Justin Wilson.
“I think the main thing was just beating the Moose. It’s a big rival of ours and we really don’t like them,” said O’Neill, with a chuckle. “It was a nice conference win.”
The undefeated streak ended at four games when perennial Class AA power Moorhead came to the Civic Center last Saturday and defeated the Bison 5-1.
Although the Spuds came in unrated, Moorhead has been a regular visitor when it comes to the state tournament. First period goals by Austin Skjefte and Alex Mehnert gave the visitors a quick 2-0 advantage. They extended their lead to 5-0 on a pair of second-period goals by Aaron Herdt and Mehnert’s second goal of the game. Morehouse broke the shutout late that period with an unassisted goal to make it 5-1.
The Bison (3-1-1 overall) were outshot 33-20 in the game. Senior goalie Mikey Otten stopped 28 shots.
Buffalo is next in action at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12 when they host St. Michael-Albertville. Saturday at 7 p.m. they host Cambridge-Isanti.
Buffalo girls victorious in opener
Bench sparks rally in 58-48 home win
By Rob LaPlante
A 58-48 season opening win last Friday for the Buffalo girls’ basketball team over Moorhead wasn’t your typical double-digit home victory.
After three long weeks of practice leading up to their first game of the season, both the Bison and Spuds looked out of sync early.
Turnovers, fouls and neither squad’s ability to make an offensive push resulted in an ugly first half of basketball. Buffalo held a slim 20-17 advantage at the break.
“I think the layoff, and getting used to playing at game speed,” said Bison senior Nicole Duske, on both team’s struggling to find their game early. “At half, we just talked about picking up our passes and making better cuts.”
If there was a silver lining to the opening half, Buffalo proved it had depth through the entire lineup. Seven different players contributed to the 20 points with juniors Chloe Boster and Anika Fredrick leading the way with four points each.
While adjustments were talked about at halftime, it was the Spuds who came out early appearing to find their game. Moorhead went on a mini 4-0 run, grabbing its first lead of the contest 21-20. The lead was extended to 28-22 and after a timeout, Bison head coach Scot Sorenson turned to a couple junior varsity players to try and jumpstart a stagnant offense.
After scoring just 32 points in the opening 28 minutes of play, Sorenson inserted freshmen Hailey Sorenson and Cadyn Luedemann into the lineup to try and induce a spark.
“We have some girls that can hit some shots,” Coach Sorenson said. “Carolyn (Feddema) was a little off and they were defending her well. She’s our leading returning scorer and they were chasing her around pretty well.”
About four minutes after he inserted his younger players into the lineup, Sorenson was able to spark a rally that saw Buffalo eventually tie the game 32-32 with 7:20 remaining in regulation. They continued to roll with the momentum and built a 40-34 lead with under five minutes to play.
Sorenson hit three clutch field goals to account for six points off the bench. Duske scored nine of her 11 points in the second half and came up big in the paint, grabbing a game-high 13 rebounds.
Duske said it was nice to be able to contribute, but it was the ability of some younger players that seemed to get the ball rolling.
“It’s really nice and a good way to start the season,” said Duske, referring to her double-double. “We started to go with the flow when (Hailey) started scoring. Then more people started to score. It’s kind of contagious like that.”
The Bison finished the game using four junior varsity players. Junior Anna Cassady played some in the first half and Sorenson, Luedemann and sophomore Maddy Henson were inserted in the second half.
Sorenson’s playing time increased due to her hot hand, and a result of Boster eventually fouling out.
“Hailey came in and found herself open a couple times and was able to make a few,” said Coach Sorenson, referring to his daughter being the sparkplug. “It was a really good moment for us, and obviously it was exciting for me. They got her the ball in the right spots and she was able to knock it down for us. It was what the team needed.”
Buffalo secured its lead in the final four minutes thanks to a solid defensive stand, and the ability to practice a lot of free throws late.
Seemingly every possession in the final two minutes resulted in a Moorhead foul, but the Bison players were able to extend the lead to double digits thanks to their hot hand at the free-throw line.
“We record or keep an eye on free throws in practice, and we haven’t been a hot shooting free-throw team in practice yet,” Coach Sorenson said. “When it counted, we definitely made the majority of them. It was definitely a help, because Moorhead has some aggressive seniors out there that didn’t want to lose this one.”
The Spuds were led in scoring by three different seniors. Hali Stephenson finished with a game-high 15 points, Kellie Clark added 13 and Cassidy Rahman had 11. Buffalo was led Fredrick’s 12 and Duske had 11. Nine different Bison would find their way on the score sheet.
Buffalo hit the road for a pair of games, starting Tuesday night when they were at Chanhassen. Thursday at 7 p.m. they travel to Elk River and Saturday at 2:30 p.m. they host a holiday tournament.
Bison swimmers look to build off record season
By Rob LaPlante
The Buffalo boys’ swimming and diving team is looking to build off last year’s strong finish. But to do so, they will rely heavily on a pair of underclassmen and a new group of senior leaders.
Gone from last year’s record-setting 5-4 squad is 100 butterfly state qualifier Jack Elliott. Elliot and departed senior Gunner Schwanke made up one-half of the 100 medley relay squad that also qualified for state.
Those two losses, along with Conner Mann, helped lead the Bison to their best ever finish in the nine years of the program. Head coach Pam Brophy begins her fifth season as head coach (eighth season overall) and points to senior leaders as a key reason for the success a year ago.
“It’s always a challenge to regroup after talented seniors who have been on varsity all throughout high school have graduated,” said Brophy, who is flanked on the coaching staff by assistants Rachel Busch and newcomer Richard Martinson. Tanner Bauman returns as the diving coach. “One of our strengths this year is our strong groups of seniors. We have five captains that will be role models in and out of the pool. They come to practice every day with a positive attitude and tremendous work ethic.”
Leading the charge are senior captains John Cesarek, Jackson Piechowski and Mitch Ryan. Seniors Joe Dick and James Remer are associate captains.
The five seniors worked hard in the off-season taking a summer-leadership training program that coach Brophy instills to try and teach captains how to properly lead by example.
While the seniors look to provide stability and leadership, the Bison will rely heavily on a few underclassmen to lead in the pool.
Freshmen Hunter Brings and Josh Muntifering are the most talented returners. Both made school history a year ago as the first Buffalo Community Middle School athletes to qualify for state as varsity swimmers.
Brings recalls his first moment last winter stepping foot at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center for the opening day of the state tournament as one of his greatest memories.
“That was the first time I’ve ever competed there,” said Brings, who finished 20th overall with a score of 132.50 in the semifinal round of the preliminaries last Feb. 28. “How I did at state wasn’t really a huge deal. Just getting there was my goal. I missed the podium by just .75 points in seventh grade, so the day when I got fourth was the coolest feeling ever to stand up on the podium.”
Brings is the only returning varsity diver for coach Bauman. Buffalo has six other divers trying to compete for spots this season. Brings said he expects some growing pains when it comes to the team’s overall depth coming from the springboard.
“I think they are progressing pretty well,” Brings said. “We lost a couple key seniors and for a lot of the guys this year, this is their first year as divers. I’m just trying to give them as much advice I can.”
Muntifering was the other half of the BCMS tandem. He and junior Jordan Dick teamed with Elliott and Schwanke to finish 22nd overall at state in the preliminaries of the 200 medley relay.
With half that relay team gone, Muntifering said he’s not sure what to expect with the relays, but he is expecting to challenge to make it to state in some individual competitions.
“My strengths are the 200-individual medley and the 100 backstroke,” Muntifering said. “I’ve been focusing a lot on those in the off-season. I’d like to get to state individually this year.”
Along with the two freshmen, Brophy expects good things from other young swimmers.
“Charlie Bean is an eighth grader and was an impact swimmer last year,” she said. “Parker Kabe and Triston Kosek are two other talented young swimmers who can be counted on to swim in multiple events.”
Other swimmers Brophy pointed out with varsity experience: Juniors Josh Fischmann, Brian Pettit, Mo Ragab and Adam Skelly will be fighting for varsity time in the relay events. Junior Dustin Green and sophomore Noah Butler will likely be a couple of the top individual swimmers.
“They can both be counted on to swim in multiple events, and are willing to swim wherever the team need them,” Brophy said. “Both attended a summer swim camp at Gustavus and they are excited to get back in action this winter.”
As for team success, Brophy and the players are looking to build off their record season a year ago and try to compete with the upper echelon teams in the conference. St. Michael-Albertville is coming off another undefeated season and Monticello was right behind in last year’s standings.
“The goal is to beat Monticello,” said Muntifering, who saw his team edged by the Magic 95-86 a year ago. “They have always been our rival, and we’ve never been able to pull off the win. This year we want to do it.”
While that elusive first win against a conference rival is still a goal, the Bison can erase Cambridge-Isanti off the bucket list as teams to beat. Last year’s 97-87 dual win was the first time in school history that Buffalo defeated the Bluejackets.
After a slow start, the Bison finished last season winning five of their last six dual meets: Wins over Watertown-Mayer, Orono, Princeton, St. Cloud Apollo and Cambridge-Isanti accounted for their 5-4 record.
With a lot of new faces in place, Brings said he hopes this year’s depth can make up for some of the key bodies graduated from a year ago.
“We lost a lot of good senior swimmers,” Brings said. “I don’t know if we’ll win as much this year. The winning is important, but it’s not super important. The fun part for me is having fun and getting to know each other better.”
Buffalo kicks off the 2013-14 season Friday, Dec. 13 with the conference relays at 6 p.m. at Monticello Middle School. The next day they travel to Olson Middle School in Bloomington for the Bloomington Jefferson Invitational. Diving event starts at 10 a.m. and swimming starts at 1 p.m.
Bison gymnasts defeat Princeton
By Rob LaPlante
The season debut for the Buffalo gymnastics squad was a successful one, particularly for eighth-grader Alex Zeiss.
The Buffalo Community Middle School varsity gymnast posted the best all-around score, leading the Bison to a 125.75-110.175 season-opening victory last Thursday, December 5th at Princeton.
Zeiss finished the dual meet posting the best overall score in the bars (7.925), beam (8.8) and all-around (33.075). Senior teammate Amber Doebler finished second in the all-around with a score of 31.275 and sophomore Mallorie Habisch was fourth in the all-around (28.55).
Bison head coach Martha Driscoll-Nelson said she was impressed with all the gymnasts, particularly with the strong performance on the beam from Zeiss.
“She hit and connected almost all of her skills on the balance beam,” Driscoll-Nelson said. “The rest of the varsity team had a few problems on the beam with connections and falls, but we still finished in the top four positions.”
Eighth-grader Rachel Haas was second on the beam with a 7.725. Sophomore Mallorie Habisch was third at 7.3 and Doebler was tied for fourth with a 6.925.
The Bison also dominated the vault and uneven bars. Merz posted the best score in the vault (8.3). Rounding out the top-3 vault scores were: Doebler (8.25) and Habisch (8.2). “All three had dynamic vaults,” Driscoll-Nelson said.
Zeiss finished first in the uneven bars and was followed by Doebler (7.9) and Haas (7.225).
Princeton’s Megan Gourley was the only Tiger to place first with an 8.45 score in the floor routine. But Buffalo registered four out of the top five spots, including Zeiss and Doebler’s 8.2, Haas’ 8.15 and Merz’ 7.85.
Buffalo is next in action at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12 in their home debut against North Branch. Saturday they hit the road for a meet at 11:30 a.m. at Annandale.
JUNIOR VARSITY VICTORY
The Junior Varsity squad defeated Princeton 114.1-84.05.
Senior Hayley Downing led the way with an all-around score of 28.6. Downing finished first in the floor (7.8) and vault (8.1). Freshman Ingrid Nelson was first in the beam (7.4). Nelson finished second in the bars (6.75) to eighth-grader Samantha Twardy (6.8).
“We had a good showing,” Driscoll-Nelson said. “The coaches have been impressed with all 19 of the athletes. We’ve found it difficult who should occupy which spots on the varsity and JV lineup. The all are working very hard and have similar skills.”
Boys hoops: Buffalo ‘coaches’ way to pair of road wins
By Rob LaPlante
The Buffalo boys’ basketball team traveled over 500 miles to capture their first two road victories of the season last weekend in back-to-back matchups in Moorhead and Bemidji.
With back-to-back games scheduled in two towns more than two hours apart, the Bison knew they had their work cut out for them. After dropping their first two games of the season, and losing senior starting point guard Andrew Iverson with a concussion he suffered in the opening seconds of their 60-52 home loss to Elk River, Buffalo knew they had their work cut out for them.
The Bison at least had the luxury of a coach bus to haul them around on their nine-plus hours of travel time.
“That’s one of the most fun experiences we have is going to Moorhead and Bemidji and spending the night with your teammates,” said senior guard Sam Ortmann.
Both the Lumberjacks and Spuds were key section games that the Bison desperately needed to win. After losing to Section 8-4A rival Elk River, Buffalo’s first test came Friday night against a Spuds team that no longer had the services of their dynamic guard Aaron Lien, who is now playing Division-II basketball for Minnesota State-Moorhead.
In a see-saw contest, the Lien-less Spuds found a new scoring weapon in junior Cody Dorow. The 6-foot-3 guard poured in a game-high 31 points for the Spuds. But late in the second half, Dorow picked up his fifth foul and joined two other starters on the bench who previously had fouled out. The Bison still had to survive a crazy finish, and two late free throws by Ortmann proved to be the difference in an 82-80 victory.
“Moorhead has been a good section rivalry game for us over the years,” said Buffalo head coach Nick Guida. “Every game has been real close, and our record against them is 5-5 the past 10 years.”
With Buffalo clinging to a six-point lead, a series of late free throws helped stave off a furious late rally that saw Moorhead’s Shane Steckler hit two 3-pointers in the closing minute. And with five seconds to play in regulation, a 3-pointer by Moorhead’s Matt Bye tied the game 80-80.
“There was pressure, but I’ve spent a lot of time after practices shooting free throws,” said Ortmann, who converted 9-of-10 attempts from the charity stripe, and finished with a season-high 22 points. “It was a fun game going back-and-forth. We could never get too high, because they would always come back.”
With a 7:30 p.m. start, Buffalo didn’t arrive to their hotel in Bemidji until the early hours Saturday morning for a 1:30 p.m. matinee against a rested Lumberjacks squad that had the previous three days off.
While Ortmann admitted the legs were getting a bit tired, Buffalo showed no ill-effects on the court and came out hitting four consecutive 3-pointers, and eventually cruised to an 81-51 victory.
“Before the Bemidji game, I know my legs were really tired,” said Ortmann, who still finished the game with 10 points.
Playing again without Iverson, junior Zach Dahl assumed the position of point guard and finished with 15 points, six assists and grabbed four rebounds.
The Lumberjacks had trouble matching Buffalo’s size and speed. Senior Collin Olmscheid had 17 points and seven rebounds and senior Levi Bean finished with 19 points and seven rebounds.
It was Bean’s fourth straight game finishing with double figures in scoring. The 6-foot-4 forward leads the team with 17 points per game.
“With Andrew out, Levi, and all the seniors have done a good job of stepping up,” Guida said. “Dahl has filled in at the point guard. When he’s not on the floor, it’s kind of a work by committee. But we have a lot of kids who are good at handling the ball.”
Junior guard Jonathan Senger stepped up in Iverson’s absence and scored 11 points off the bench in their win over Moorhead and junior Cory Thielman added eight against Bemidji. Senior Cameron Sonju had a season-high seven assists versus Bemidji.
“We didn’t get to out hotel in Bemidji from Moorhead until 12:40 in the morning,” Guida said. “The guys did an excellent job for such a quick turnaround. There may be moments later in the year where we have another situation like this. So it’s a good experience.”
Buffalo was at home Tuesday night against Chanhassen. The Bison’s next game is Thursday, Dec. 12 for a 7 p.m. matchup with Osseo.
* According to Guida, the concussion to Iverson is considered a day-to-day injury. “We teach our kids to tuck their chins when taking a charge,” Guida said. “He did that, but the kid tripped over him when he was lying on the ground and that’s when his head hit his knee and the ground. He was a bit woozy,”
Wrestlers flatten Irondale 63-16; fall to Big Lake, St. Francis
Bison lose conference dual meet; finish St. Francis Triangular 1-1
By Rob LaPlante
With expectations on the rise, the Buffalo wrestling squad earned its first dual meet victory of the season with a 63-16 defeat of Irondale at the St. Francis Triangular last Friday, Dec. 6.
The Bison wrestled the triangular without sophomore Adam Treptau, who was absent due to the flu. Although Treptau has been wrestling early on as a heavyweight, he currently ranks No. 4 in the state at the 220-pound weight class in Class 3A.
Filling in at heavyweight was sophomore Robert Sahli. Although he lost his match, head coach Jason Maurer said he was proud of his effort wrestling heavyweights on the varsity squad for the first time this season.
“He was up against the No. 3 kid in the state,” said Maurer, referring to Sahli’s matchup with Irondale senior heavyweight Eriq Smith. “He moved up from junior varsity to fill in for Adam and did well. I thought the entire team dominated that match and wrestled really tough.”
Buffalo won 11 of 14 matches against the Knights, highlighted by freshman Fletcher Durand’s first varsity pin. It was his second career varsity win. His first win was a result of a forfeit.
Freshman Charles DesMarais, eighth-grader Caleb Drews, junior Wesley Sanderson and seniors Corbin Ruby and Ian Scherber also recorded wins by fall. Sophomore Wyatt Jacobson won by technical fall and junior Hunter Durand won by decision. Buffalo seniors Matt Ruhr, Austin Alvarez and eighth-grader Josh Anderson won by Irondale forfeits.
SAINTS DROP BISON
Capping off the triangular meet, the St. Francis Fighting Saints won their home meet with a decisive 56-13 victory over the Bison.
It marked the homecoming for Maurer, who spent six seasons at St. Francis as an assistant prior to him coming to Buffalo. Maurer said the matchup was a special one.
“It was really cool to be back,” Maurer said. “St. Francis is a strong team, but they don’t have a lot of superstars. The score really doesn’t reflect how we wrestled.”
Buffalo came away with three wins: Ruhr won by decision at 170-pounds, Durand won by major decision at 182 and Sahli rebounded strong with a pin at the heavyweight class.
The Bison again wrestled without Treptau in the lineup. Maurer credited his entire team for stepping into different roles and positions in the lineup that they ordinarily would not be accustomed to.
“Eventually, Adam will wrestle at 220-pounds and Sahli will be at varsity heavyweight,” Maurer said. “A guy like Alvarez should be wrestling 172 pounds on the JV squad, but has decided to help fill spots on the varsity squad and is wrestling 195 pounds. He hasn’t won yet, but to have guys step in and try and help out the team is really good to see.”
The first conference match of the season resulted in a 45-21 dual meet loss last Tuesday, Dec. 3 at Big Lake.
Highlighting the meet was Drews, who picked up his first career varsity win with a 4-2 decision over the Hornets’ Caleb Juhl in the 120-weight class.
Other wins came at 106-pounds where DesMarais won by a 5-0 decision, Ian Scherber (152 pounds) pinned Dylan Pothen in 3:59, Hunter Durand (182) won by 3-0 decision over Wyatt Juhl and Treptau stayed undefeated in the heavyweights with a pin over Big Lake’s Chaz Nordstrom in 1:27.
Buffalo was able to fill 13 of 14 weight classes, and Maurer said that, and the overall competition level was the highlight of the meet.
“Last year, we got beat pretty handedly by Big Lake,” Maurer said. “You could tell at that match that we are a different team than we were last year.”
Buffalo took a much needed weekend break in the schedule to rest up some ailing players. The Bison return to action with three meets in three days, starting Thursday, Dec. 12 with a dual meet at Monticello. Friday they host their first home meet with a quadrangular with Minnetonka, Rocori and Kimball. Saturday is the Chaska/Chanhassen Holiday Tournament.
Thursday’s conference meet with the Magic starts at 7 p.m. Friday’s quadrangular at home starts at 5 p.m. and Saturday’s tournament starts at 9 a.m.
Bison girls split back-to-back road games
By Rob LaPlante
As the old saying goes, “a two goal lead is the worst lead in hockey,” stood true for at least one night for the Buffalo girls’ hockey team.
Coming off their second conference win last Tuesday against rival North Wright County, the Bison traveled Friday night for the first of back-to-back games with new conference rival Chisago Lakes.
After trailing 2-0 early in the game, Buffalo stormed back to score four unanswered goals to knock off the Wildcats 4-2.
The comeback got started at the 8:01 mark of the second period when junior forward Madi Jewell converted her second goal of the season with an assist from senior Lindsay Roethke. About six minutes later, junior Ashley Effertz set up freshman Rylan Bistodeau for the game-tying goal. It was Bistodeau’s fourth goal of the season and sent the teams evened up 2-2 heading to the final period.
Buffalo junior Kirsten Olson scored the eventual game winner with only 3:34 left in regulation time. Freshman Ali Klein assisted on the goal. Buffalo sealed the win with an empty netter in the closing seconds by sophomore Abby Halluska. It was Halluska’s team-leading ninth goal of the year and Roethke picked up her team-leading 12th assist and 19th point.
The two assists broke a string of two straight games where Roethke was held pointless. Bison head coach Ray Dahlof said it was a nice character win.
“We outshot them in the first period and couldn’t score,” Dahlof said. “It was tough, but we battled back and it was a good conference win. Chisago Lakes is a very competitive team.”
Less than 24 hours after the Bison’s come-from-behind two-goal victory, Buffalo’s will and stamina was put to the test once again, after spotting Maple Grove another 2-0 lead.
The difference this time around was the Bison were being badly outshot and outplayed and to amount a comeback, they would need to find energy that seemed to be lacking after playing comeback hockey the night before.
Buffalo trailed 1-0 after the first period, but junior goalie Kendra Carlson stopped 13-of-14 shots to keep the game close. Buffalo only had three shots the first period. Dahlof said afterwards that the biggest factor in the game was Maple Grove’s ability to attack, rather than his players coming out tired.
“Our effort was there and the girls skated as hard as they could,” Dahlof said. “Maple Grove out-skated us. They beat us to loose pucks, and pretty much dominated all three periods.”
The lead went to 2-0 after the Crimson scored in the opening minute of the second period. Buffalo had no answer offensively and the Bison skated into the second intermission having mustered all but eight shots on Crimson goalie Coco Francis.
Buffalo’s best chance to get on the scoreboard came early in period three. Roethke was left alone at the doorstep, but a tight angle shot was stopped by Francis.
The Crimson peppered 20 more third-period shots, but only an empty-net goal in the closing seconds would be the final tally making the final score 3-0.
Carlson stopped 40 of the 42 shots she faced and the Bison were outshot in the game 43-12. Carlson said afterwards that she likes playing in games like that.
“I feel like getting more shots keeps me more in the game and keeps me more focused,” Carlson said. “I thought we were going to get a couple goals early in the third period. It didn’t happen, but we tried our hardest.”
Carlson’s effort was the only silver lining in an otherwise disappointing night.
“Kendra had a great game,” Dahlof said. “She was moving well. She saw the puck well, and I thought she did a good job on covering up on the rebounds. She was on, which is good.”
The Bison (6-2 overall) were at Princeton Tuesday night and improved their conference record to 4-0 with a 7-1 win. Similar to last week, Buffalo plays three games in five days, including another back-to-back night when they host Rogers at 7 p.m. Friday night. Saturday at 2:30 p.m. they host Eden Prairie. The difference being this time they are both home games.
“When you play in Chisago Lakes, it’s a night game and it’s about a two hour bus ride back home. Then you have to get up and come and play another road game the next day,” Dahlof said. “We have to do the same thing this week, and we have three games the week after that, so we have to be ready to battle each night.”
Overall, the Bison, particularly their starting goalie is still happy with a 6-2 start.
“We have a young team, and it’s going to be harder to start out the season like we did last year,” Carlson said. “But overall, it’s going pretty good.”
Braun is BCMS’ Student of Distinction
By Rob LaPlante
School News Editor
Buffalo Community Middle School eighth-grader Eric Braun is making a lot of noise both at home and in the classroom.
When he got a call late last week to meet his mom in the office of BCMS’ middle school Principal Matt Lubben, Braun admitted, he got a tad nervous when first hearing the news. The news however, was far from bad. He was informed that day that he was November’s Student of Distinction honoree.
“When they called my mom to come here, I was a little scared,” said Braun, jokingly. “I was like; oh man, oh man, oh man. But when we found out, they were both really proud of me.”
This is the third year and third month the middle school has recognized a student for his/her work both in the classroom and out. Eathan Soeffker and Mya Lubben were the previous winners this year. When the school year is complete, a picture is hung above the cafeteria wall highlighting each student from the previous year.
Braun said he is aware of the wall of honor and can’t wait until his picture is posted with the other past winners. “I’m aware of it. I’m looking forward to coming in next year and seeing it.”
Like past Student of Distinction honorees, Braun is a member of both the Student Council and Honors Society. He plays baseball in the summer time, and participates in both the Guys Group (choir) and Jazz Band.
“I want to be a musician and play in a band,” Braun said. “I really like to make stuff too. My parents can’t get cardboard out of the house because I’m always making stuff out of cardboard.”
Ever since he was four years old, Braun experimented with the idea of being a drum player. “I’d like to put my creativity and my music together, and someday make a drum shop,” he said.
“Eric is very well rounded,” Lubben said. “He’s good at everything. He can do choir stuff, but band is kind of his thing. He can play sports, and is a good leader. He exemplifies what this award is about.”
Braun had a number of people to thank, including Lubben, when it came to people who made an impact on his life.
He listed: sixth-grade social studies teacher Mr. Lindstrom, seventh-grade English teacher Mrs. Hermann, seventh-grade math teacher Mr. Mueller and eighth-grade science teacher Mrs. Koren, as some of his favorite teachers.
Jeff Lindstrom was his social studies teacher two years ago. Even today, Lindstrom says he still remembers his charming personality.
“I don’t think I’ve ever seen him not smile. He’s real upbeat with a great sense of humor,” Lindstrom said. “He’s musically talented. I’ve seen some of his stuff on YouTube and he’s well rounded when it comes to his talents. In regards to class work, he’s just a model student.”