Seniors lead successful Storm season
All six seniors on the Morris Benson Area girls' hockey team earned all-conference honors to cap off a 21-4 season in which the Storm were undefeated in conference play to claim the Southwest title.
Those seniors, Dani Schultz, Kelly Mahoney, Sara Rajewsky, Monica Lindblad, Sam Falk, and Brooke Falk, finish their high school career with 90 wins, 28 losses, and three ties. (Rajewsky started playing varsity a year earlier, so her record is actually 105-36-3.)
The Storm averaged 6.71 goals while allowing only 1.71 during the regular season. Eight times the Storm shut out the opponent, but were never blanked in their four losses.
Schultz topped 400 points this season, Rajewsky and Sam Falk surpassed 200, and Mahoney went over 100.
"Getting 100 points is a major deal," said coach Jeff Mahoney. "Our team has four over that."
Besides the four on the 2010-11 team, only three other girls have reached the 100-point mark.
Schultz leads the Morris Benson program with 404 career points. In 2010-11 she recorded 74 goals and 44 assists. Through the regular season she led the state in points with 117 and goals with 73. Her 44 assists ranks fourth in the state.
"Dani led by example," said Mahoney. "Her scoring and unselfishness were huge assets to the team. She has the ability to get everyone involved."
Schultz was named the team's Most Valuable Offensive Player.
Rajewsky led the team with 48 assists this season. She was second in scoring with 46 goals. Statewide, she led the state with 47 regular-season assists, was third with 91 points, and fifth with 44 goals. She ranks second on the all-time Storm scoring list with 260 career points.
"Sara's a bulldog," explained Mahoney. "If people got in front of her, she ran them over." Mahoney said Rajewsky's toughness and goal scoring were her main attributes to the team.
Sam Falk recorded 18 goals and 30 assists in 2010-11. She finishes her career with 211 points.
"Sam had a nose for scoring," Mahoney said. "She could find a way to put it home."
Mahoney recorded nine goals and 28 assists to reach 111 career points this season.
"Kelly had an ability to adjust from one position to another," said the coach. "Her willingness to play both ends of the ice was huge."
Mahoney was named Most Improved.
Lindblad had five goals and 19 assists as a defensive player.
Mahoney nominated Lindblad for the the Hoby Baker award this season. The award recognizes players for good sportsmanship.
Goalie Brooke Falk finishes her career with 23 shut outs. In the 2010-11 regular season, she gave up just 35 goals for an average of only 1.83 per game and a save percentage of .923.
"You build a team from the goalie out," said Mahoney. "Brooke was a brick wall back there."
Lindblad and Brooke Falk shared the team's Most Valuable Defensive Player award.
"Each senior had something special to offer the team," Mahoney said.
Schultz was named to the All-State Honorable Mention team. Lindblad and Mahoney were named to the State Academic team.
After the six seniors graduate, seven players remain on the Storm's roster. They are Abby Daly, Hanna Lindblad, Morgan DeHaan, Kelsey Rajewsky, Kayla Benson, Kamri Kalthoff, Emma Peterson, and Danielle Moseng.
Hanna Lindblad received the team's Hustle Award.
Schultz finishes high school career as the Storm's leading points scorer
Senior Dani Schultz leaves behind some big skates to fill.
With 404 total career points, she leads all Morris Benson Area hockey players, girls and boys alike.
This season, she was the top-scoring player in the state of Minnesota for the second straight year.
Statewide, her 404 points is second only to Natalie Darwitz, a 2000 Eagan graduate who finished her high school career with 487 points. Darwitz went on to play for the Gophers and the U. S. National Team.
Schultz is also a member of the Tiger volleyball and softball teams, but hockey is her favorite sport. She started playing at the age of four as a mini-mite, following in the tracks of her brother, Tony, and father, John, both hockey players.
She said she never set her sites on a certain number of points until this season.
"I knew I wanted to get to 400," she said. "It was pretty cool when I did."
Next winter, Schultz will be a member of the University of Wisconsin-Superior's hockey team where she hopes to be playing as a freshman.