Legacy hockey adds first tourney title

Legacy Christian Academy (7-2-2) won its three games in the North Shore Tournament, played inside Rukavina Arena in Silver Bay Dec. 27-29.

Legacy junior deenseman Elmo Holleran moves the puck during an early season win again Robbinsdale Copper. Photo by Bill Jones

Legacy junior deenseman Elmo Holleran moves the puck during an early season win again Robbinsdale Copper. Photo by Bill Jones

It’s the first tournament title for the Lions, who are off to the five-year-old program’s best start.

That success continued up north as the Lions out scored the opposition by a 21-3 tally.

Goalies Tanner Balk and Brandon Cram have combined for a 2.36 goals against average and a .910 saves percentage in 11 games. Balk has the team’s two shutouts and a 4-2-2 record.

“It was a great trip in every respect,” Lions coach Steve Larson said. “The guys really played well and we continue to get better each week.

“We really have a great group of players who are committed to each other.”

The Lions opened with a 6-1 win over Moose Lake, which featured 76 shots on goal by Legacy as six different players scored, followed by a 5-0 win over North Shore and finished with a 10-2 win over Ely Dec. 29.

The Lions once again peppered the opposition as Ely goalie Kaei Richards stopped 64 of 74 shots. Tyler Arenz led Legacy with a six-point game (four assists) and Ike Larson had five points (three assists). Brock Thompson finished the tournament with six points (three goals).

Larson, a junior, leads the team with 21 points (15 assists) and a plus-22 player rating, while Arenz has 20 points (12 goals) with a plus-18 rating and Thompson leads the team with 10 goals (18 points).

Larson said the team set a goal of 18 to 20 wins at the start of the season and it is on track to pass that mark to set a new program high – as long as everyone stays healthy.

“The players have really worked hard and they are learning not only what it takes to win but also how hard you must work to win championships,” Larson said. “There is a difference.”

Jason Olson is at jason.olson@ecm-inc.com

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