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 Mound Westonka.
How last season went
After the White Hawks started strong with five wins in their first seven games, things started to take a turn for Mound Westonka, as the squad went 8-9-1 the rest of the way. The White Hawks did finish above .500 during the regular season with a 13-11-1 record and sported wins against eventual state tournament teams Mankato East and Hutchinson.
Mound Westonka’s regular season was good enough for the White Hawks to earn the No. 5 seed in the Section 2A. They opened section play against a solid Armstrong/Cooper squad. As it turned out, this was the jumping off point for Armstrong/Cooper’s nearly miraculous run to the state tournament as Mound Westonka’s season came to an end with a 5-3 loss.
Who’s back and who’s gone
This White Hawks squad that competed last season is mostly young players. That includes each of the team’s top four point-getters. Mitch Krebsbach leads the pack with 16 goals and 17 assists while fellow Krebsbach, Max, finished with 18 goals and 13 assists.
The two other top scorers – Michael Doshan and Trent Burre – are set to return after combining for 17 goals and 31 assists last season. Doshan’s best game of the season was likely against Rochester Lourdes where he notched 2 goals and 4 assists.
Meanwhile, three netminders split time for Mound Westonka last season and all are set to return. Elijah Goetz spent the most time playing for the White Hawks and posted a 2.14 goals against average and .912 save percentage in 11 games. Darby Miller spent nine games in net with a .844 save percentage while Harrison Moen appeared in six games while posting a 2.28 goals against average and .899 save percentage.
What to expect next season
There’s room to improve for this group. This is one of those sections in Class 1A where newcomers most certainly have a chance to break through. Expect Mound Westonka to make some noise next season.