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Ice Hawks play with intensity, win 13-1

Team puts 100 shots on goal

Post-Bulletin staff

For the past month, coach Nick Fatis hasn’t been pleased with the passion displayed by his Rochester-based Minnesota Ice Hawks.

But that all changed Saturday night in front of 1,017 fans at the Rochester Recreation Center.

Fatis, coaching for the first time since the birth of his son, Evan Angelo, watched his team put 100 shots — yeah, 100! — on goal and completely dominate the St. Paul Lakers in a 13-1 Minnesota Junior Hockey League victory.

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The Ice Hawks outshot the Lakers 100-12, and scored a whopping seven goals in the second period.

It was the perfect way to head into break; the Ice Hawks won’t return to practice until Thursday and then play at home Saturday against the St. Louis Lightning.

"This is how you want to go into break," Fatis said. "I wasn’t at practice a lot this week because of the birth of my son, but the guys really played with passion and a sense of urgency. That’s something we haven’t been doing lately. I’m just real proud of the guys." The Lakers spent much of the game in the penalty box, picking up 20 infractions for a total of 57 penalty minutes. Those penalties led to eight Ice Hawks power-play goals.

Nine different Ice Hawks had multiple-point games. Rochester native Jay Gorman paced the Ice Hawks with three goals and two assists. Danny Grady had three goals and an assist, and Josh Whitney had two goals and two assists. Ryan Goodmanson scored a goal and added four assists. Chris Thompson, Brandon Rohrig and Jason Rein had a goal and an assist each. And Kevin Nolt and Dirk Foss added two assists apiece.

Goalie Ricky Doyen didn’t get much action, but Fatis said he played well.

The Ice Hawks were playing without two of their top defensemen — Robby Dahl (game misconduct) and Bryce Wilcox (face injury).

"For us to play without two of the best defensemen in the league and still only give up 12 shots was pretty amazing," Fatis said. "This was definitely a step in the right direction." The Ice Hawks improved to 24-4 overall. They are back in action Saturday at home, then they play at 7:05 p.m. on New Year’s Eve at the Rec Center against the Wisconsin Mustangs. Fatis said a band, "Furious George," will play for 30 minutes before the game, between periods and for an hour after the game. There also will be drawings for free prizes throughout the game.

"We’re really excited about the New Year’s game. Cheapest entertainment in town that night," Fatis said.

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