Area preview: returning lettermen lead Flyers
With 14 returning lettermen, Bagley-Fosston hockey coach Michael Olson is looking forward to the season and the third-year coach believes that the Flyers should be improved this winter.
"We have 14 returning letterwinners, including three seniors," Olson said. "One of our strengths will be our maturity. Many of our players have been competing in varsity games since the eighth grade and they have found themselves undersized and not fully developed.
"But this year you can see they have grown physically. We have some decent size and more depth at all positions than in previous years," Olson added.
Leading Bagley-Fosston will be tri-captains senior forward Brenton Bergh, senior forward Cole Gubrud and junior forward Aaron Leintz.
Defenseman Cameron Cardinal is the other senior while the junior class also includes defenseman Jesse Dukek, Brady Anderson, Kyle Lafriniere and Chris Clark plus forwards Wesley Davies, Zach Thoma, Sean Lavine and Torrey Swenson.
This year's sophomores include defenseman Logan Thorson, forwards Tyler Jackson, Iver Papke and goalie Grant Cardinal.
Completing the roster are freshmen Andrew Gebhardt (goalie), Luke Lane (defenseman) and Tyler Godin (forward).
"Most of the teams we played last year had anywhere from six to 13 seniors who have now graduated," Olson said. "We lost only two to graduation."
Bagley-Fosston does not have an experienced goaltender, however, as starter Ken Davis sustained a leg injury that will sideline him all winter.
"A weakness of ours is still our defensive zone," the coach said. "Our two goalies are a sophomore and a freshman and we hope they can fill the role."
The Flyers split their first two games, losing 8-7 to Kittson County Central but outgunning Ely-Northeast Range 9-7.
The Flyers traveled to Red Lake Falls Tuesday and visit Northern Lakes Friday.