To prepare you for Hockey Day Minnesota 2017, Wild.com will be checking in on each of the high school teams participating in this year's festivities between now and Jan. 21. Today, get to know the Mahtomedi boys hockey program.
Conference: Metro East
Head coach: Jeff Poeschl
Situated between St. Paul and Stillwater, Mahtomedi is a small suburb of around 7,500. Its name is derived from the Dakota words for White Bear Lake: mato, for grey bear, and mde, lake. It became a city in 1931, but its history stretches back to the 1880s, when it originated as a vacation town with summer homes along the east bank of White Bear Lake.
Mahtomedi, which shares a home rink with Hockey Day Minnesota's host, the Stillwater Ponies, has been historically good. The Zephyrs have been to the MSHSL State Tournament eight times, most recently in 2015. They've had a number of blowout wins and close losses this year -- save for a 5-0 loss to Cretin-Derham Hall -- for a record 7-6-0, good for just above an even .500. The Zephyrs sit in the eighth position in the Let's Play Hockey Class A rankings.
Players to watch
Senior Luke Posner's 16 goals are a team high this season, and Posner also leads Mahtomedi with 11 assists and 27 points. Sophomore Dylan Lallier owns the second-best points total on the team with 14. Sophomore Bailey Huber's 1.81 goals-against average and .919 save percentage has earned him time alongside junior goaltender Josh Campbell.
What to expect on Hockey Day Minnesota
The Zephyrs' 10 a.m. game against the Thief River Falls Prowlers is their earliest start time of the season, which could mean fresh legs or fatigue. If Posner can put up big numbers on offense like he has so far this season, Mahtomedi will be in a good position to win.