Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Three key members of last year's team have recently said they'll be leaving the program.
Thirty-nine goals. Forty-eight assists. And plenty of on-ice leadership. That's what St. Louis Park hockey has lost in the last few weeks, as three key players from last year's team—freshman Alec Baer, sophomore Josh Passolt and senior Marshall Tema—told coach Shjon Podein they would not be returning this season. The Orioles jumped from two wins in 2010-11 to 18 in Podein's first season as coach last year, and each departing player was expected to be a key factor in Park's continued resurgence. "You don't really fill those spots," Podein said. "You give other guys a chance to step up." Tema was the first person to tell Podein about his intentions about a month ago. A transfer last year from Providence Academy who provided five goals and 15…
Thursday, February 23, 2012
The St. Louis Park boys hockey team finishes the year 18-6-3.
Standing outside his team's locker room at the Parade Ice Garden on Thursday night, St. Louis Park boys hockey head coach Shjon Podein didn't jump on the negatives following a season-ending, 6-2 loss to Blake in the Section 2A quarterfinals. Instead, the first year head coach reflected on how proud he was of these Orioles. "It was just a treat to coach young men like this, who want to learn, who want to get better," he said. "I think it was a very positive experience overall for the season." Coming off of a two-win season, the 2011-12 Orioles went 18-6-3 and netted a playoff win on Tuesday. For the first time in a while, there is some excitement about where the program is headed. "They gave more this year than they’ve probably given in a …
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
The Orioles beat Chaska on Tuesday, 6-2.
A year removed from a two-win season, the St. Louis Park boys hockey team has won a section playoff game. The Orioles (18-5-3, No. 6 seed in Section 2A) rebounded from a slow start against Chaska (4-21, No. 11) and piled on three goals in the second period, turning a 1-0 Park lead into a 4-1 lead entering the final frame. Park tacked on two more goals in the third en route to a 6-2 win. It was Park's second win over the Hawks this year, the first coming on Dec. 8 by a 8-0 margin. Alec Baer led the way on Tuesday, as the eighth-grade forward netted two goals and added three assists. Another youngster—freshman Josh Passolt—had two goals and two assists of his own. Steven Karl and Tyler Brodersen scored the other two Park goals. Senior Ryan …
The coach sat down recently and discussed St. Louis Park's turnaround.
After netting just two wins in 2010-11, the St. Louis Park boys hockey team had a huge turnaround this year, finishing the regular season on Saturday with a 17-5-3 record and plenty of optimism entering the section playoffs. One of the main reasons for the turnaround has been new head coach Shjon Podein. Podein, a former NHL player who won the Stanley Cup in 2001, has brought energy and excitement to the program—as well as a great understanding of the game. The new coach recently sat down with Steve Hahn for an interview on his new public access show "Hockey in the Park." You can watch the Podein interview above. St. Louis Park opened the section playoffs on Tuesday with a 6-2 win over Chaska.
Thursday, February 16, 2012
The Orioles boys hockey team beat Minneapolis on Thursday, 3-1.
With about 30 seconds left in Thursday night's game, St. Louis Park goalie Ryan Nichols stood up and leaned back against his own net, his arms stretched out. It was a fitting rest for a player who came up big all night. Nichols stopped 23 out of 24 shots on net by Minneapolis, and the Orioles hung on for a 3-1 win at the Rec Center on Senior Night. “Ryan’s our backstop. He played hard," St. Louis Park coach Shjon Podein said. "When we needed him, he was there.” Nichols came up particularly big in the first and third periods. In the first, he stopped all eight Minneapolis shots, allowing Park to enter the intermission up 1-0 despite being outshot. Minneapolis had one less shot in the third, but they put plenty of pressure on the net, …
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
After losing two straight, the St. Louis Park boys basketball team rebounded with a win on Tuesday.
Here is a quick recap of Tuesday sports action involving St. Louis Park High School and Benilde-St. Margaret's. Boxscores courtesy of various Star Tribune sports hubs:
Monday, February 13, 2012
The Orioles tied St. Francis on Saturday, 2-2.
Here is a quick recap of weekend sports action involving St. Louis Park High School and Benilde-St. Margaret's. Boxscores are courtesy of various Star Tribune sports hubs:
Monday, February 6, 2012
The Orioles knocked off Holy Family Catholic on Friday.
Here is a recap of weekend sports action involving St. Louis Park High School and Benilde-St. Margaret's. Boxscores courtesy of various Star Tribune Sports Hubs:
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Jake Fobbe and his floor hockey team won a fifth straight Special Olympics championship over the weekend.
After a big 6-1 win on Tuesday night, St. Louis Park boys hockey coach Shjon Podein had his team go out on the ice and celebrate another winner. The team posed with long-time team manager Jake Fobbe. Fobbe and his floor hockey team, the OMG Storm, won their fifth consecutive state Special Olympics championship on Sunday. St. Louis Park Patch blogger John Froom has nice post on Fobbe, which you can read here.
The Orioles trailed by 13 at halftime to Minneapolis Washburn on Tuesday and ended up losing by eight.
Here is a quick recap of St. Louis Park High School and Benilde-St. Margaret's sports action from Tuesday. Boxscores are courtesy of various Star Tribune Sports Hubs.