Tigers Alumni Making Playoff Impact at Multiple Junior Levels
Catching up with the playoff runs by Tigers alumni (players and coaches) is busy and requires following many junior leagues but is exciting to find so many in the final weekend of the junior seasons playing for championships. Tigers alumni have been busy all season long and have made big impacts across the country and the playoffs in the 2021-22 season. Looking across the junior landscape and moving on to the college ranks we see many former Tiger players and coaches littering the playoff rosters.
Congratulations to Marc Fletemeyer (02) and the Hitmen on their NCDC Dineen Cup Championship. The Hitmen bolstered their lineup adding Fletemeyer prior to the playoff stretch and it worked out for both sides bringing home the cup. The Hitmen finish the season with a title and top two national ranking among tier2 teams in the country.
Josh Holmstrom (Tigers 1993-2006) Head Coach of the Walpole Express in the EHL along with Alex Leaf (02) and Patrick Abbott (02) all navigated through their first season of junior hockey and worked the team into the finals of the EHL. The team finished the regular season at 27-17-0-2 and top a 10 national ranking before going on an exciting playoff run and in to the finals of the EHL. Abbott finished with sixteen points over 52 games while Leaf added four points from the blue line in a valuable and consistent season for both.
Congratulations to Mike Greene, Jed Snyder and no less than twelve former Tigers on an exceptional season and a trip to the semi-finals of the NA3HL Fraser Cup. Helena posted a 42-3-0-2 regular season record while being crowned Frontier Division Champions. The team posted league leaders in every category to include forwards Tylor Greene (01) with 79 points followed by Sam Feamster (01) with 73 of his own. On the blue line Taber Gutschick (01) added 8 goals and an impressive 59 assists for 67 points. Finally, the team was backstopped by Eric Buchholz (01) posting a 24-2-0-2 regular season record and topped that with a .970 saves percentage in the finals weekend.
Cam Pendleton(03) backstopped the El Paso Rhinos to a great playoff surge that found the team in the final mix of six teams at the Frazier Cup Finals as well. Cam went 18-10 on the season while also receiving call ups to the NAHL big club.
NAHL Down the Stretch
With the NAHL season still in full swing the Tigers will be represented by Brayden Ring (02) with the New Mexico Ice Wolves and former coaches Cody Campbell (Minot Head Coach) Eric Schlie (St Could assistant coach) New Mexico currently sits second in the South Division while Ring has four goals and seven assists for the team as they look to the post season. Former Tiger player and AAA Coach Cody Campbell has his Minot team looking to finish strong going in to the playoffs in a very demanding NAHL Central Division race while former 16U AAA coach Eric Schlie and the St Cloud Norsemen have clinched the Central Division for the regular season.
Congratulations to all of our alumni on their respective seasons and best of luck to everyone still in play!
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