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 St. Cloud.
How last season went
Nearing the end of 2019, St. Cloud apparently decided it was time to get on a hot streak. The team rattled off 11 wins in its next 12 games. That put St. Cloud in a great position to capture the Central Lakes Conference championship.
The squad did just that with a 9-1-1 conference record. Along the way, St. Cloud picked up quality wins, including triumphs against Elk River, Mankato East, Farmington, Roseau and Alexandria.
Besides being conference champions, St. Cloud was good enough to be the No. 4 seed in Section 8AA. Things started well as St. Cloud pushed on with a 6-3 win against Rogers in the quarterfinals. Then, it was on to a matchup with top-seeded Moorhead in the semifinals. The Spuds proved to be too much and rolled past St. Cloud.
Who’s back and who’s gone
proved to be an assist maestro last season as he dished out 37 assists. That production along with Blake Keller’s 46 points (21 goals, 25 assists) and Sean Davidson’s 21 assists will be missed next season as they all graduate. Besides those departures, Spencer Betram graduates after taking most of the netminding duties. He posted a .889 save percentage.
One ray of hope is August Falloon. He’s set to return after leading the way with 27 goals. He also added 19 assists.
What to expect next season
St. Cloud as a whole still remains relatively novice to grand success in high school hockey. But things do appear to be on the rise not only with St. Cloud Cathedral but also its public school counterpart. There are some holes to fill for St. Cloud, but things seem like they’re headed in the right direction.