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The Minnesota Mullets are a Junior A hockey team based 25 minutes north of Minneapolis in beautiful Forest Lake, Minnesota. The Mullets operate out of the Forest Lake Sports Center located at 5530 206th St. N, Forest Lake, MN 55025.
Mullets End Regular Season with 8-2 Win over Havoc, Gear Up for Playoffs Series against RiverKings
By: Dan Bradley
FOREST LAKE, MN -- An all-too-familiar tension filled the air Saturday afternoon at Lichtscheidl Arena. The Minnesota Mullets were looking for answers after going 2-5-0 over their last seven games, trying to right the ship before the playoffs. In the opposing dressing room, the Hudson Havoc, having overcome a three-goal deficit the night before against the Mullets to win 4-3, were poised to cap off their Cinderella season with a division crown, needing a single point to capture the Midwest West Division Title. With playoffs just around the corner, everything was on the line.
Evan Mitchell started the scoring for the Havoc with his 12th Goal of the season just 13 seconds into regulation. Just 46 seconds later, Tyler Perkins answered for the Mullies, tying the game at one with his 17th goal of the year, and the race was on. Both teams buzzed through the first period, and the Mullets took a 4-2 lead into the locker room, following goals from Tyler Morrison (16), Tyler Kulas (17), and Nate Holm (25).
From then on, it was all Mullets. Morgan Sweeney (9) and Tyler Perkins (18) added goals in the second, with Sweeney (10) and Holm (26) each adding their second goal of the game in the third. When all was said and done, the Mullets emerged victorious, beating the Havoc 8-2. 16 players between the two teams recorded a point, including Mullets goaltender Jack Bostedt, who added an assist to his 36 save performance. As the Mullets saluted the crowd and skated off their home ice for what may have been the last time this season, the team raced through post-game traditions to celebrate with their families, many of whom were in attendance.
There's always an extra energy around the rink this time of year. As soon as the final horn sounds, players and fans alike scramble to look at the latest standings across the league. Few divisions throughout all junior hockey have seen as much turnover in the division standings as the USPHL Midwest West Division, with all nine teams jockeying for position throughout the season. Even though most teams have finished their regular season schedule, there are still games to be played that will have a major impact on the final playoff standings. The Rum River Mallards will play on Wednesday, February 20th at home against the Kasson Vipers. A win, overtime loss, or shootout loss would secure a #4 seed in the division for the Mallards and home ice for a playoff series with the Minnesota Blue Ox. If the Mallards don’t get at least one point, the Blue Ox would host the playoff series in Coon Rapids.
With Saturday’s win, the Mullets ended the Havoc’s hopes of securing a #1 seed in the Midwest West Division and locking down the home-ice advantage for the playoffs. Instead, the Minnesota Moose finished 1st in the Division following their 10-1 win over the Kasson Vipers. The Havoc and Moose finished with 64 points, however the Moose held tiebreakers to claim the top spot and their second consecutive Division Title.
Through the highs of dramatic victories and the lows of a crushing defeat, 44 regular season games have come and gone, and it’s time to put the peaks and valleys of the past six months in the rearview mirror.
The Playoffs are here.
Next on the schedule for the Mullets, who finished 6th in the Division Standings, is a best of three series on the road to take on the #3 seed Wisconsin Rapids RiverKings. The Mullies won three of their four regular season meetings against the RiverKings, including a 4-0 shutout in Wisconsin Rapids, the only home loss the RiverKings have seen all season. Games will be broadcast live on HockeyTV. You can also keep up with the Mullets on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Mullets Find Four Points in Their Stockings with Sweep of Ducks, Look to Chicago Showcase Before Holiday Break
By: Dan Bradley
FOREST LAKE, MN -- As the temperatures continue to drop, the USPHL season is undoubtedly heating up. In what is already shaping up to be a tight Midwest West Division race, where third and seventh places are separated by just four points, the Mullets needed to bounce back strong after getting swept on the road by the Hudson Havoc. A home series against the Dells Ducks would be just the present the Mullets needed.
Friday night marked the Mullets’ second annual “Teddy Bear Toss” night; after the Mullets’ first goal, fans who brought teddy bears could throw them onto the ice, where they would be collected and donated to the University of Minnesota Children’s Hospital.
In full holiday spirit, the Mullies didn’t keep the fans waiting; Ben Borrseon’s goal just 28 seconds into regulation gave the Mullets a 1-0 lead, and the Lichtscheidl Arena Ice was quickly covered in bears of all shapes, sizes and colors. The teddies, however, were the only niceties the remainder of the game. In a chippy, back-and-forth contest that saw 25 combined minor penalties make the naughty list... er... scoresheet, the Mullets broke the game open in the third period and won 10-5.
Leading the way for Minnesota were Borreson (who added another goal in the third), Hayden Ripley, who recorded two goals and an assist in his best offensive output of the year, Jake Lindblom (who also recorded two goals and an assist), and Dylan Hullaby (three assists).
Continuing with the season of giving, the Mullets also ran a toy drive during Sunday’s game. Scoring was at much more of a premium in the afternoon tilt, with both Jack Bostedt and Emil Normann stepping up their performances in net.
Despite outshooting the Ducks 23-14 through the first two periods, the Mullies found themselves trailing the Dells 1-0 heading into the third period. However, Tyler Morrison tied the game up just two minutes into the final frame, and Hayden Ripley continued his strong weekend by scoring the go-ahead goal 42 seconds later.
The Ducks threw everything they could at the net, but Bostedt stood tall and the Mullets went on to win 2-1. With the win, Minnesota are now 3-0-1 against the Dells this season.
Following the first period of Sunday’s game, the Mullets had a brief ceremony to celebrate captain Nate Holm’s 100th point of his junior hockey career (42G, 58A), which he recorded in the December 7th game in Hudson.
In front of family and friends, Holm was presented with a ceremonial puck marking the achievement. Holm is currently tied for 11th among all USPHL skaters on the season, scoring 17 goals and adding 24 assists in 27 games.
Up next on the schedule is a four-game showcase in Chicago before the team will head home for the holiday break. The Mullets will play the Decatur Blaze (9-16-1) and Minnesota Blue Ox (13-9-1) on Friday, the Midwest Blackbirds (12-13-1) on Saturday, and the Motor City Hockey Club (18-8-0) on Sunday.
Minnesota has split the season series so far against the Blue Ox (3-1 loss, 5-2 win, both on the road), but has not played any of the other showcase opponents this year. All games will be broadcast on HockeyTV; updates will also be posted on the Mullets’ Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.