abc
QUICK LINKS:

Grand Rapids Thunderhawks

Updated: 01/14/2014 10:22 PM
Created: 01/13/2014 4:15 PM WDIO.com
By: Laura Kennedy
lkennedy@wdio.com

It's been an interesting season in Grand Rapids. The Thunderhawks are adjusting to new players and new coaches.

"They have improved, have played with poise, have worked harder and competed a little better, and we just want to build on that," said John Rothstein, Grand Rapids head coach.

Rothstein says his staff is finding a balance between guiding young skaters and letting the veterans lead.

"You teach, but you don't want to take that creativity either," Rothstein said. "You want them to be creative, have fun, play the game, and so it's kind of a balancing act for both of us."

It helps when you have players like Wild draft pick Avery Peterson and standout goalie Hunter Shepard setting the tone.

"When your best players are your hardest workers, it makes my job a lot easier," Rothstein said.

"Me and Avery are usually at the rink probably two or three mornings a week at like 7:30," Shepard said. "He's shooting on me, working on his shot and I'm practicing too."

"We just want to control what we can control and do what we can to win," Peterson said.

When asked about the Thunderhawks biggest strength, Shepard and Peterson credited each other.

"Definitely goaltending," Peterson said. "We have a good goalie, he's probably the best in the state. He keeps us in a lot of games, a big part of the reason our record is so good."

"We can score goals," Shepard said. "I mean last night was the first time Avery hasn't had a point in 38 games. Especially when you have a guy like that, you know he's gonna put up points. You don't necessarily have to get a shutout to win the game."

The Thunderhawks have been in the hunt for a section 7AA title the past few years. That success brings some pressure, but Rapids is ready for it.

"You have expectations like that every season," Peterson said. "It's just something you've gotta live with, and work with. kind of put it behind you almost and just go out there and play the game."

Front Page

  • Licenses, Deer Population Down for Wisconsin Deer Opener

    The Wisconsin firearm deer hunting tradition got off to a safe start as Department of Natural Resources officials said they had received no reports of accidental shootings or other injuries by mid-afternoon Sunday on the opener of the state's nine-day gun deer hunt.

  • Northlanders Give Back in Preparation for Holiday Season

    Northlanders gave back on Saturday in preparation for the holiday season. It was Family Volunteer Day at the Duluth Library, and folks participated in several friendly projects.

  • "By Us, For Us" Meeting to Discuss Vision for Equity in Duluth

    Duluth's Native and African heritage communities came together on Saturday to share experiences and ideas at the 1st United Methodist Church. The meeting called "By Us, For Us" invited people of color, African Americans and Native Americans to come together to break bread and learn about each other culturally. 

  • MNsure Enrollments, Renewals Approach 8,000

    Minnesota's health insurance exchange says it has enrolled nearly 8,000 Minnesotans in health plans in the first week of open enrollment this fall. The deadline for enrolling in coverage that takes effect Jan. 1 is Dec. 15.

  • Wisconsin Gun Deer Hunt Begins

    The season opened as the sun rose Saturday and will run through Nov. 30. Forecasts for opening weekend called for freezing rain and fog with highs ranging from the upper 30s to the low 40s both days.

 

Dense Fog Advisory

MN AREAS AFFECTED: Carlton, South St. Louis; Crow Wing; North Cass; Northern Aitkin; Pine; South Aitkin; South Cass
Expires: 11/23/2014 8:00 AM

Dense Fog Advisory

WI AREAS AFFECTED: Ashland; Bayfield; Burnett; Douglas; Iron; Sawyer; Washburn
Expires: 11/23/2014 8:00 AM

Dense Fog Advisory

WI AREAS AFFECTED: Price
Expires: 11/23/2014 8:00 AM

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement