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Shane Soderwall backstopped the Rochester Grizzlies to the NA3HL national championship game in 2021. He was on the inaugural Anchorage Wolverines team a year ago that advanced to the NAHL national championship game in their first season as a franchise. This season, Soderwall hopes to be the go-to guy in goal for the Wolverines, who have their sights set on a return trip to the title game.
Hastings native Kyle Bauer acclimated quickly to the North American 3 Hockey League last season as a rookie with the Rochester Grizzlies. The reigning NA3HL Rookie of the Year hopes to do the same while taking a step up this season. Bauer is one of close to 80 players in Rochester this weekend at the main tryout camp for the NAHL's Anchorage Wolverines, coached by Rochester native and former Grizzlies assistant Mike Aikens.
Xavier Jean-Louis spent one season with the Austin Bruins, but the Montreal native said it was well worth being 17 hours away from home. Jean-Louis played in all situations for the Bruins. His versatility, size and speed, as well as his leadership on and off the ice, have landed him a roster spot at the Division I University of Alaska, beginning this fall.
Jack Malinski's coaches say his best on-ice trait is his Hockey IQ. The Lakeville South graduate showed that in spades last season for the Austin Bruins. It's part of what made him so well-liked in the locker room, and it's a big reason why -- following the Bruins' main tryout camp this week -- he's been named the Bruins' captain for 2022-23.

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Rochester native Mike Aikens has guided the Anchorage Wolverines to the North American Hockey League's Robertson Cup, the league's final four tournament, in the franchise's first year of existence. He's done it with some names familiar to southeastern Minnesota hockey fans: Albert Lea's Campbell Cichosz, a Minnesota State commit, and former Rochester Grizzlies Collin Pederson (an Owatonna native) and Shane Soderwall.
Mike Aikens helped build the Rochester Grizzlies into one of the best franchises in the North American 3 Hockey League as an assistant coach for three seasons. This year, Aikens took over the first-year NAHL team in Anchorage, Alaska, and he has them just three wins away from a spot in the national championship tournament.
The Austin Bruins went 8-3-1 in 12 regular-season games against the Aberdeen Wings. That success mattered little in the playoffs, though, as the Wings swept the Bruins in three games to eliminate them from the NAHL postseason.
Owen DuBois was in the right place at the right time, converting a long rebound into a short-handed goal that held up as the game winner in the Aberdeen Wings victory against the Austin Bruins on Saturday at Riverside Arena.
The Austin Bruins took a two-goal lead into the third period of an NAHL playoff game Friday night, against a team that they had beaten eight out of 12 times this year. The Bruins lost that lead and Game 1 of the best-of-5 series against Aberdeen.
The Austin Bruins host the Aberdeen Wings to open the NAHL Central Division semifinals Friday night at Riverside Arena. It will mark Austin's first playoff game in more than three years.

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Anthony Menghini needed little time to become a prolific goal scorer in the North American Hockey League. The Brainerd native and former standout at Northstar Christian Academy in Alexandria has a team-leading 20 goals, as well as 31 points, in 37 games for the playoff-bound Bruins.
Klayton Knapp came to Austin last fall to prove to himself that he can play at the NAHL level. He's done that, and he's proved it to his teammates, coaches and opponents across the league.
Alex Trombley scored with less than a minute to go in regulation to force overtime, but the Austin Bruins took a penalty early in the extra period and the Aberdeen Wings cashed in to earn a 4-3 victory in the final game of the North American Hockey League's regular season.

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