Updated: January 26, 2021 10:47 PM
Created: January 26, 2021 06:33 PM
St. Scholastica hockey has been a staple of the Northland since 1973. The Saints longstanding tradition of success on ice caught the attention of brothers Arkhip and Filimon Ledenkov all the way from Belarus.
"Back at home you never know [where] your career is going to go," said Arkhip. "Here we got a great chance to continue our career in college, and it's one of the biggest dreams for our country I will say."
The freshman forwards spent two seasons playing junior hockey in New York. While with the Aviators in the U.S. Premiere Hockey League (USPHL), Filimon scored 48 goals and Arkhip tallied 81.
When an opportunity presented itself to play college hockey it brought the twins skating into the Twin Ports.
Filimon said "our coach helped us to get here and it's been great so far."
The Ledenkov's said the language barrier, being native Russian speakers, has been the toughest aspect of their transition to Duluth. What is familiar is the style of play, as new CSS head coach Kevin Moore has taken on more of a European approach on the ice.
"The Europeans have been great and even just helping guys along with the style because it's more similar to what they learned growing up," said Moore. "Versus the American kind of straight line dump and chase hockey. We're not doing that this year, we want to be exciting."
Moore was hired this summer as the program's 11th head coach. As a former goaltender his coaching style applies well to the Saints' three netminders.
Senior goalie Nick Trenciansky has been working hard to find his groove as the Saints get ready to return to play.
"I guess you have the opportunity to take a step out with all that going on, and reprioritize," said Trenciansky. "You really know what's valuable [and] what's important here and it's just the season and school."
CSS is set to drop the puck on their season January 30th visiting St. Thomas.
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