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Plymouth resident and Wild prospect Mario Lucia and Team USA skates for the gold medal against Sweden at the World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia. The U.S. crushed Canada in the first semifinal game, 5-1. Team Sweden outlasted the host country Russian, 4-3, in a shootout. The United States looks for it third gold medal at the WJC, while the Swedes try to repeat as the defending champions. The championship game will air on the NHL Network at 7 a.m. Saturday, State of Hockey Time.
When Hill-Murray junior Mitch Slattery has the puck, he’s slicker than an oil spill on black ice. In a shootout goal against St. Thomas Academy in the Schwan Cup Gold Division championship game on Friday, Dec. 28, Slattery made about a dozen moves before tucking the puck into the yawning goal. Loren Nelson has the story with video attached (via MN Hockey Hub).
Wild prospect and Erik Haula is leading the University of Minnesota assists (17) and points (26), and was named to the all-tournament team at last weekend’s Mariucci Classic. However, he left the championship game, an 8-1 win against Boston College, with an upper body injury. The forward is considered week-to-week and his loss could have a big impact on the nation’s top-ranked team (via Roman Augustoviz, Star Tribune).
The Mariucci Classic also saw an unlikely matchup: Father vs. Son. Junior UM forward Tom Serratore skated against Air Force Academy and its head coach, and Tom’s father, Frank Serratore (via Brian Halverson, Minnesota Hockey Magazine.com).
Senior defenseman Lauren Wilcox is the leading scorer on South St. Paul’s girls’ hockey team. She has a short Q&A on the MN Girls’ Hockey Hub (via Ron Haggstrom).
Need a New Year’s Resolution? Well, Aaron Paitich has 10 resolutions for hockey players to ring in the New Year. The Lighthouse’s favorite is number 1 (via Minnesota Hockey).
Blaine native and former St. Cloud State University standout Matt Hendricks recently returned from a USO tour visiting several military bases overseas. Hendricks and his wife Kim also are big supporters of Defending the Blue Line, a charity that helps with hockey costs of military families (via Dave Schwartz, KARE11).