The Minnesota Blue Ox (12-1-1) continue home play this weekend as they face off against the Steele County Blades on Friday, November 3rd at 7 pm CDT and then continue on the road at Isanti Arena on Monday, November 6th. The Minnesota Blue Ox and the Minnesota Moose will face off in this charity game where all proceeds will be donated to Matt Olson. Game time for Monday’s game is set for 8:15 pm.
Blue Ox Most Recently:
The Minnesota Blue Ox are coming off of 3 wins this past weekend against the Steele County Blades and Hudson Havoc. In their most recent game against the Havoc, the Blue Ox outshot the Havoc 49-11 and converted on 2 power plays.
Blades Most Recently:
The Steele County Blades are 3-8 on the season after falling in their last two games to the Minnesota Blue Ox. The Blades’ top point scorers Kyle Wadden and Jake Freise both have 7 points this season. In the net, the Blades have blocked over 350 shots on goal and their leading goalie has a save percentage of .913. The Blades and Blue Ox will meet again on Friday, November 3rd at the Coon Rapids Ice Center with a puck drop set at 7 pm.
Moose Most Recently:
The Minnesota Moose are 11-3 on the season after topping the Dells Ducks 5-2 last weekend. The Moose are led in points by #13 Gavin Proeh who has 7 goals and 15 assists in the 2017-2018 endeavor. Between the three Moose goalies, they have blocked a combined 357 shots on goal and all three of the goalies have save percentages over .895. The Moose and Blue Ox are facing off in a charity game on Monday, November 6th. The puck will drop around 8:15 pm at the Isanti Arena.
Matt Olson Charity Game:
On Monday, November 6th the Minnesota Blue Ox and the Minnesota Moose will face off in a charity game raising funds for Matt Olson. The game will follow the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Museum Women’s Face-Off Classic between Bemidji State University and the University of Minnesota Duluth that begins at 6 pm. All proceeds will benefit Matt Olson who suffered a serious neck injury while playing in the USPHL in 2016. There will be a silent auction, a chance for fans to take their picture with Herb Brooks’ 1980 Olympic Gold Medal, and post-game autographs from a few of the Hall of Fame inductees in attendance.
Forwards in the Spotlight:
Kyle Kester – The Waconia, MN native tallied his first hat trick plus some this past weekend. Kester scored 4 goals in the 10-27 match up against the Steele County Blades and kept his momentum going as he charted 2 assists later in the weekend against the Hudson Havoc. Kester now has 4 goals and 9 assists this season.
Daniel Nikiforov – Tallying 5 points this weekend, the California native had a stand out weekend. Nikiforov started the weekend by scoring 2 goals in the same shift in the 10-27 game against the Blades and then tallied 2 assists the next day as well. Nikiforov kept the scoring trend going for the weekend as he scored yet another goal in the 10-29 game against the Hudson Havoc. Daniel Nikiforov now has 4 goals and 3 assists this season.
Tyrese Murph – Murph, tallied his first goal of the season this past weekend against the Hudson Havoc in addition to charting an assist the previous day against the Blades. Murph, a native of Grand Forks, now has one goal and two assists this season.