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Ice Hawks on top of junior hockey league

The Rochester-based Minnesota Ice Hawks are tearing up the Minnesota Junior Hockey League this season.

Heading into this weekend, the Ice Hawks, with a 15-3-1 record and 33 points, lead the league by nine points over the second-place Minnesota Owls. Not only that, but the Ice Hawks have the top three scorers in the league in Brad Weichmann (16 goals, 23 assists, 39 points), Mike Schneider (12-23-35) and Cole Hughes (12-19-31). All three played their high school hockey in southeastern Minnesota -- Weichmann and Hughes at Austin and Schneider at Owatonna.

The Ice Hawks' Joey Spracklen of Kennewick, Minn., is the second-ranked goaltender in the MJHL with a 12-3-1 record and a 2.32 goals against average.

Wiechmann was named the MJHL Offensive Player of the Month for October. The league's MVP last season scored 12 goals and 20 assists (32 points) in nine October games.

"Brad has managed almost three points a game all while being shadowed and tackled whenever he gets near the puck," said Ice Hawks co-coach Nick Fatis. "Brad is just one of the special few who just know where to put the puck in every situation, whether it's a pass or a shot."

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The Ice Hawks will play a pair of games this weekend at the Rec Center. They face the Owls at 7:05 p.m. today and they take on the Dubuque Thunderbirds at 5:35 p.m. Sunday.

Volleyball tourney coming

There's another Division III college women's volleyball tournament coming to Rochester.

Last week the National Junior College Division III tourney was at Rochester Community and Technical College. Next week the Final Four of the NCAA Division III meet at Mayo Civic Auditorium. The semifinals are scheduled Friday at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. and the third place and championship matches will be played next Saturday at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

The NCAA Division III quarterfinals are being played this weekend at various sites around the country. In a match Friday night, Emery University of Atlanta played Juniata College of Huntingdon, Pa. In other quarterfinal matches today it's New York University vs. Williams College of Williamstown, Mass.; Wittenburg (Ohio) vs. La Verne (Calif.); and Washington of St. Louis vs. Wisconsin-La Crosse. The winners of this weekend's matches will advance to Rochester.

St. Mary's College of Winona, along with the Rochester Amateur Sports Commission, is hosting this year's NCAA Division III tourney.

More on Moore

Rochester's Fred Moore, who beat James Lubwana on Oct. 22 in Sarasota, Fla., to claim the Universal Boxing Council light heavyweight championship, is in Miami working out with International Boxing Federation light heavyweight champion Glen Johnson in preparation for Johnson's upcoming title fight with Antonio Tarver.

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Tarver and Johnson will meet Dec. 18 in a 12-round bout at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Bob Brown is the executive sports editor of the Post-Bulletin. He can be reached at brown@postbulletin.com

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