With the 2020-21 season still months out, it’s time to take a look at teams from all over the State of Hockey and examine what happened this past season and what’s ahead. The next team we’re breaking down is Gentry Academy.
How last season went
For some casual Minnesota high school hockey fans, the Stars may be a relatively unknown name. That’s because this young program based in Vadnais Heights just finished its second varsity season of existence. But despite the youth of Gentry Academy’s varsity program, the Stars were certainly a force to be reckoned with.
That was evident from the start of the season as Gentry Academy jumped out to a 14-1 start. The Stars kept that momentum going by with seven of their final nine regular season games and finished with a 21-3 record. That included wins against Armstrong/Cooper and South St. Paul.
Gentry Academy came into the postseason as the No. 3 seed in Section 4A after its triumphs during the regular season. The Stars’ inexperienced might have shown somewhat as they were stunned by South St. Paul in the quarterfinals as the Packers won 3-1.
Who’s back and who’s gone
Not only is Gentry Academy a newer program, the Stars’ roster is loaded with young talent set to return next season. The list of returners is immense and full of high-powered players. Each of Gentry Academy’s top four point-getters are back., Barrett Hall, Brevan Grigus and Isaiah Norlin are all set to be back on the ice after combining for 73 goals and 105 assists.
Alex Timmons is also back in net after appearing in 15 games last season while posting a 1.96 goals against average and .918 save percentage. Fellow netminder Sam Fellows graduates after playing in 11 games and boasting a .901 save percentage.
What to expect next season
Gentry Academy is an interesting program to watch with its relative youth. The school has a heavy focus on hockey with players getting three hours per day to train. Other schools like this haven’t stuck around long in the Minnesota high school hockey scene. The jury is still out. But if the Stars do stick around, they appear destined for some major success.