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 Bagley/Fosston. …
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 Bagley/Fosston.
How last season went
Similar to many teams that struggled during the 2019-20 season, the Flyers struggled to overcome a lack of defense as they gave up 5.73 goals per game during the regular season.
As Bagley/Fosston headed toward the end of the regular season, things took a dark turn. The team went on a four-game losing streak and eventually finished with a 5-16 regular-season record. That included wins against Ely and Park Rapids.
Come postseason, things ramped up significantly. The Flyers were the No. 9 seed in a Section 8A that was set up for Warroad to win. Bagley/Fosston didn’t even get a chance to face the Warriors as Lake of the Woods won this play-in round matchup 5-2.
Who’s back and who’s gone
Though things weren’t particularly peachy for the Flyers during the 2019-20 season, there are a few things to look forward to in regards to two key returners.
That includes Alex Rolfson (12 goals, 11 assists) and Logan Merschman (21G, 3A). That included a four-goal game against Prairie Centre on Dec. 14. Isaac Schermer (3G, 9A) is also a key returner.
As for the goaltending situation, things are looking up. Jakob Dukek (.856 save percentage, 13 appearances) and Brycen Olson (.834 SV%, 10 GP) are both set to return next season.
In the column of key losses due to graduation, look to Jacy Benson (2G, 11A).
What to expect next season
The defense must improve for this squad. No one will make significant noise while giving up nearly six goals per game. There is talent there. The problem is the section the Flyers reside in. It’s tough to make a significant rise.