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 Roseville.
How last season went
December was a rough month for the Raiders. From Dec. 5-19, Roseville failed to register a win. That was a major downfall in the Raiders’ 2019-20 campaign.
Ultimately, Roseville finished with a 9-14 record. The losses largely fell on the fact the Raiders gave up 4.8 goals per game. One highlight came in a three-game winning streak where they defeated Irondale and East Ridge.
In the Section 4AA tournament, Roseville earned the No. 7 seed. Going up against a tough Stillwater squad, the Raiders were overmatched and lost in the quarterfinals.
Who’s back and who’s gone
Looking at Roseville’s roster, there is just one graduating senior who will be a significant departure: . He graduates following a 35-point season (12 goals, 23 assists).
As for the players expected to return, the list is extensive. Look no further then . He’s set to return after scoring 21 goals. His best performance may have came against St. Louis Park when he scored two goals to go along with two assists.
Two other key returners – Joey O’Neil and – are set to return. They combined for 23 goals and 30 assists last season.
In net, the Raiders sport a duo of returning goaltenders. Joey Heiple posted a .845 save percentage in 13 appearances while Chet Carlson posted a .844 save percentage in the same amount of appearances.
What to expect next season
Roseville had a tough 2019-20 season. There is no doubt about that. How can the Raiders respond? Well, it appears to come down to consistency and defense. That should help Roseville make some positive steps forward.