With the 15U CCM High-Performance Tier 1 League playoffs wrapped up and the Blue Ox crowned champion, we look at what 15-year-olds stood out the most.
Chase Morrissette F 10th Grade – Elk River
Chase opened the tournament with an early first-period goal against the Lakers on 10/02/2020. What stood out the most was his size. Chase is very strong on his skates and drives the play very well. The Elk River native is not afraid to use his body as well but doesnt go around chasing the big hits. Morrissette is mainly a goalscorer, as he was second on the Green Giants in scoring with 8 goals.
Matthew Lomen F 10th Grade – Rogers
The Rogers native is a smaller sized forward but don’t let his size fool you. Lomen is a feisty winger who battles hard in the corners and skates with strong ability and speed. Lomen’s shot and speed are what really make him stand out. In game 1 of the playoffs, Lomen netted 3 goals to help propel his Green Giants to a 7-3 win over the Lakers.
Wyatt Witham F 10th Grade – Mounds View
Wyatt is one of a few Mounds View 10th graders who will make a strong impact on Mounds View’s varsity team this year. Witham has a very powerful shot with the ability to pick corners with ease, but it’s his hockey sense and IQ that sets him apart. Witham seems to get better with each game he plays. The Roseville native also creates high danger offensive scoring chances when he enters the offensive zone.
Joseph Luger D 9th Grade – Hill Murray
Year in and year out Hill Murray seems to keep producing high-end 2-way defenders like its nothing. The 2019 2A State champs are on pace to produce another one in Luger. The Woodbury native battles hard for position in front of his net, his strength is everything as he does a fantastic job of pushing out opposing players from the crease. Not only is Luger a sound defensive defender, but he is also not afraid to jump up in the rush and provide some offense.
G 10th Grade – Warroad
Slukynsky from the Blue Ox led the regular season and playoffs in GAA with 1.05, SV% .938, and shutouts with 3. With the Warroad Warriors graduating senior goaltender Zach Foster, the 10th grader Slukynsky could find some varsity time this season. Hampton is a very quick, aggressive, and agile goalie who always finds himself in a great position. Slukynsky also has elite lateral movement. It’s safe to say Hampton will most likely be the Warriors starting goaltender sooner than later.