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 Faribault.
How last season went
The Falcons looked like they had a chance to make some noise when they opened the season at a 5-1 pace. Though that pace eventually slowed, Faribault still competed in the Big Nine Conference.
After 25 regular-season tilts, the Falcons sat at 16-7-2. That was good enough for a fifth-place finish in the conference and the No. 3 seed in the Section 1A tournament.
In the quarterfinals, Faribault faced a tough matchup in the quarterfinals but prevailed 2-1 against Waseca. Next up for the Falcons was Mankato East. The Cougars’ miracle run continued as they defeated Faribault 3-0 in the semifinals.
Who’s back and who’s gone
Zach Siegert and Jordan Nawrocki were both major catalysts in the Falcons’ offensive attack. That looks to be the case again next season as they are both set to return. The duo combined for 39 points and 34 assists last season.
Besides those two, there will likely be some new faces skating for Faribault next season. and Noah Murphy graduated following a season where both tallied at least 29 points. In net, Jake Dolter and Spencer Eil graduated after each had a save percentage over .900.
What to expect next season
The Falcons will have to fill some significant holes. If that can happen and Sieger and Nawrocki can take even the smallest step forward, this team should be competitive in its conference and section next season.