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 St.…
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 St. Paul Johnson.
How last season went
Hockey fans in Minnesota have long awaited the resurgence of the Governor program which was made famous by Herb Brooks. This year appeared to be like a year that could accomplish that mission.
It started as St. Paul Johnson opened the season with a five-game winning streak. Following that streak of excellence, the Governors continued to rack up wins while averaging 4.44 goals per game. They earned wins against Thief River Falls, St. Paul Academy and Gentry Academy.
After winning nine of its final 12 games, St. Paul Johnson finished with a 19-6 record and earned the No. 2 seed in Section 4A.
The Governors suddenly earned expectations with their placement in the section tournament. That could’ve played a role in St. Paul Johnson’s performance in the quarterfinals. St. Paul Academy pulled off the upset with a 5-2 victory.
Who’s back and who’s gone
The Governors’ success largely came on the backs of players who are set to return this season. That includes Blayde Pogreba (25 goals, 13 assists), Joey Moberg (15G, 20A) and Teddy Wilenski (11G, 20A).
A key departure via graduation comes in the form of Drake Teal (18G, 9A).
In net, St. Paul Johnson relied on a trio of goaltenders: Damon VanDanacker, Tobin Fiorhaug and Brendan Bauman. Bauman graduated after posting a .904 save percentage in appearances. His other netminding counterparts are set to return as both finished the season with save percentages greater than .900.
What to expect next season
It seems like every season, the hockey community is awaiting a push by the Governors. With the returning talent, the 2020-21 season may be it. The biggest hurdle is the overwhelming amount of talent in the East Metro, especially at Mahtomedi.