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2020-2021

HOME | 2020-2021

Ames | Cedar Rapids | Des Moines Capitals | Des Moines Oak Leafs | Dubuque | Kansas City
Lincoln | Mason City | Omaha | Quad City | Sioux City | Waterloo

Season Notes
It was a season like no other . . . beginning in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. The League faced an early challenge creating a schedule. Several teams skate in arenas that host a USHL team which has priority in choosing ice times. The USHL delayed the start of their season because of the pandemic. The USHL did not finalize its schedule until early October. In addition, two high school teams, Des Moines Capitals and Cedar Rapids RoughRiders, had their home rinks damaged during the August derecho storm. Buccaneer arena in Des Moines was repaired and ready for use at the start of the season. The Cedar Rapids arena suffered severe damage and was closed for the season. With persistent effort, the High School RoughRiders remained in the League, playing all their home games on the road.

The season managed to begin on schedule, however several weeks into the schedule some teams needed to halt play due to positive cases of COVID-19. Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds issued a proclamation that paused recreational sports starting Tuesday, November 17, and ending at midnight Thursday, December 10. The League started up again and for the most part, continued uninterrupted until the end of the season. Unfortunately, Ames and Omaha detected positive cases of COVID-19 and were unable to attend the Varsity and Jr. Varsity tournaments.

Because of the interrupted season, teams played an unequal number of games, forcing the League to use the RPI Rankings to compute standings. The League opened the Varsity year-end tournament to all 12 Varsity teams and limited the Jr. Varsity tournament to the top-six teams.
The League is now comprised of 12 teams. The Boji Mammoths, skating out of Spirit Lake, Iowa, and the Fremont, Nebraska, Flyers have exited the League due to low player numbers and hope to return for the 2021-22 season.
Dubuque has made the transition from Devils to Saints. The high school team operates under the Dubuque Youth Hockey Association, which is affiliated with the USHL Dubuque Fighting Saints. In an effort to further unite the organizations, the team has been renamed the Saints and is emblazoned with an earlier Fighting Saints logo.
For the second time, the Omaha Junior Lancers will host the USA Hockey High School National Tournament. The event was originally scheduled for March 18-22, but was moved up to April 15-19, to accommodate teams affected by the pandemic. The Junior Lancers hosted the event in 2014.
The MHSHL year-end tournament was once again held at the Ames/ISU Ice Arena. Due to the pandemic, a number of strict COVID-19 restrictions were enforced. Masks were required and social distancing. Only 80 spectators per team were allowed for each game. The arena was evacuated after each game.
The Omaha Jr. Lancers became the second MHSHL team in three seasons to win the USA Hockey High School National Championships. The Jr. Lancers advanced through the field of 16-teams from all over the country to reach the championship game where they overcame an early three-goal deficit to defeat the Capistrano (Calif.) Coyotes 5-4 in overtime. The Sioux City Metros captured the title in 2018. (the event was canceled in 2020)


VARSITY REGULAR-SEASON CHAMPION
(RPI Rankings) Kansas City Jets - 0.610
(Conventional Standings) Kansas City Jets (29GP, 24W-3L-2SOL)

VARSITY TOURNAMENT CHAMPION
March 4-7, 2021 - Ames/ISU Ice Arena
Championship Game: Kansas City Jets 4, Waterloo Warriors 0

VARSITY TOURNAMENT MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
Zach Broxterman- Kansas City Jets

VARSITY COACH-OF-THE-YEAR
Scott Long - Des Moines Oak Leafs

VARSITY SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD
Kansas City Jets

Varsity Tournament Results - March 4-7, 2021 - Ames/ISU Ice Arena
  All 12 teams are included in this year's tournament
#4 Omaha and #11 Ames exit the tournament due to COVID-19
Qualifier Games #8 Mason City 5, #12 Quad City 3
#9 Lincoln 1, #10 Cedar Rapids 2
Quarterfinal Games #3 Waterloo 2, #7 Sioux City 1
#2 Dubuque 3, #8 Mason City 1
#5 Des Moines Oak Leafs 3, Des Moines Capitals 2
#1 Kansas City 3, #10 Cedar Rapids 0
Semifinal Games #3 Waterloo 3, #2 Dubuque 2
#5 Des Moines Oak Leafs 2, Kansas City 4
Third-Place Game #2 Dubuque 7, #5 Des Moines Oak Leafs 4
Championship Game #1 Kansas City 4, Waterloo 0

 

Varsity RPI Rankings (RPI = (team’s winning percentage x 0.3) + (OPP x 0.4) + (OPP’s OPP x 0.3)
VARSITY RPI WIN %
1-Kansas City 0.610 0.828
2-Dubuque 0.573 0.786
3-Waterloo 0.561 0.710
4-Omaha 0.549 0.677
5-DM Oak Leafs 0.545 0.700
6-DM Capitals 0.537 0.586
7-Sioux City 0.529 0.571
8-Mason City 0.465 0.379
9-Lincoln 0.456 0.214
10-Cedar Rapids 0.429 0.179
11-Ames 0.405 0.160
12-Quad City 0.391 0.077

 

Varsity Conventional Regular-Season Standings - FINAL
Team Name GP W L OTL SOL PTS GF GA PIM
1-Kansas City 29 24 3 0 2 50 136 54 280
2-Waterloo 31 22 6 1 2 47 104 64 427
3-Dubuque 28 22 4 2 0 46 115 53 416
4-DM Oak Leafs 30 21 8 1 0 43 138 66 365
5-Omaha 31 21 9 0 1 43 103 67 384
6-DM Capitals 29 17 11 1 0 35 88 69 368
7-Sioux City 28 16 10 1 1 34 93 79 469
8-Mason City 29 11 17 0 1 23 87 123 341
9-Lincoln 28 6 19 2 1 15 90 135 402
10-Cedar Rapids 28 5 20 1 2 13 36 103 466
11-Ames 25 4 20 0 1 9 34 110 444
12-Quad City 26 2 23 1 0 5 38 139 489

 

Varsity Top-Ten Scorers (this season based on Points per Game Average)
RK Player, Team GP G A PTS PIM PP SH GWG PPGA
1 Marcus Miller, DM Oak Leafs 29 33 42 75 43 1 3 8 2.59
2 Blake Bechen, Dubuque 28 20 45 65 50 3 1 2 2.32
3 Mason Johnston, Kansas City 29 23 38 61 24 6 0 4 2.10
4 Landon Kooker,DM Oak Leafs 30 33 28 61 8 4 1 2 2.03
5 Hunter Swierczek, Kansas City 25 27 23 50 10 6 0 3 2.00
6 Matt Buoniconti, Kansas City 27 12 37 49 4 4 0 2 1.81
7 Dane Schope, Dubuque 27 29 16 45 18 3 5 3 1.67
8 Tyler May, Des Moines Oak Leafs 27 13 31 44 16 1 0 3 1.63
9 Blake Bakey, Dubuque 24 13 21 34 14 2 1 4 1.42
10 Nik Howell, Mason City 29 22 18 40 12 0 0 4 1.38

 

Varsity Silver-Glove Goaltenders
RK NAME GP MIN W L SO GA SV SV%  
1 Caleb Raisty - Waterloo Warriors 14 670 11 2 3 14 319 0.958
2 Zach Broxterman - Kansas City Jets 15 773 13 1 3 21 316 0.938
3 Connor Adams - Kansas City Jets 14 716 11 2 2 29 368 0.927

 

VARSITY ALL-LEAGUE

- Goaltenders -
Isaac Tillman, Sr. - Dubuque
Caleb Raisty, Jr. - Waterloo

- Defense -
Dillon Warwick, Sr. - Des Moines Oak Leafs
Caleb Schmitz, Jr. - Kansas City
Ethan Burge, Sr. - Sioux City
Landon Sturch, Jr. - Waterloo

- Forwards -
Landon Kooker, Jr. - Des Moines Oak Leafs*
Marcus Miller, Sr. - Des Moines Oak Leafs*
Mason Johnston, Jr. - Kansas City*
Nik Howell, Sr. - Mason City*

*Unanimous Selection

 

VARSITY ALL-STARS

- FIRST TEAM -

- Goaltenders -
Isaac Tillman, Sr. - Dubuque
Caleb Raisty, Jr. - Waterloo

- Defense -
Gabe Myers, Jr. - Des Moines Capitals
Dillon Warwick, Sr. - Des Moines Oak Leafs
Caleb Schmitz, Jr. Kansas City
Ethan Burge, Sr. - Sioux City
Kolton Kane, Sr. - Sioux City
Landon Sturch, Jr. - Waterloo

- Forwards -
Landon Kooker, Jr. - Des Moines Oak Leafs
Marcus Miller, Sr. - Des Moines Oak Leafs
Blake Bakey, Sr. - Dubuque
Blake Bechen, So. - Dubuque
Dane Schope, Sr. - Dubuque
Mason Johnston, Jr. - Kansas City
Hunter Swierczek, Sr. - Kansas City
Nik Howell, Sr. - Mason City
Tyler Ownby, Sr. - Sioux City

- HONORABLE MENTION-

- Goaltender -
Jack Evans, Sr. - Des Moines Oak Leafs

- Defense -
Sam Knafla, Sr. - Des Moines Capitals

- Forwards -
Brett Baxter, Sr. - Des Moines Capitals
Sam Eaton, Jr. - Des Moines Capitals
Tyler May, Sr. - Des Moines Oak Leafs
Matt Buoniconti, Sr. - Kansas City
Jared Topil, Sr. - Lincoln
Trey Carlson, Sr. - Omaha
J.T. Metcalf, Jr. - Waterloo

 

PRESIDENT'S SENIOR ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

AMES: Caleb Grawe
CEDAR RAPIDS: Tyler Chambers, Jacob Mascardo, Christopher Pigge, Carter Rahe
DES MOINES CAPITALS: Brett Baxter, Conner Bellis, Tommy Collins, Luke Lanigan, John Legler,
Stephen Maslikowski, Caleb Paulus, Jack Starr
DES MOINES OAK LEAFS: Hunter Barton, Brooks Doerrfeld, Ben Hansen, Marcus Miller
DUBUQUE: Dane Schope, Sean Shealer, Bryan Waddick, Drew Zillig
KANSAS CITY: Zach Broxterman, Matt Buoniconti, Jack Martinez
LINCOLN: Owen Barrow, Trey Bohl, Connor Eitzmann, Colton Holoubeck
MASON CITY: Josh Blaha, Walker Radcliffe
OMAHA: Ben Barnes, Maksim Buldyk, Trey Carlson, Lucas Parr, Nate Sinnett
QUAD CITY: Evan Lystiuk, Brady O’Neil, Grant Skolrood
SIOUX CITY: Kai Barner

 

TEAM MIDWEST: AMERICA'S HOCKEY SHOWCASE

Due to the pandemic, the event was canceled for the second year in a row.


USA HOCKEY DIVISION II HIGH SCHOOL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

The 2021 USA Hockey High School National Championship are scheduled for April 15-19, in Omaha, Nebraska. The event is hosted by the Omaha Jr. Lancers.

It was a proud week for MHSHL hockey at the USA Hockey High School National Championships in Omaha. Both the Omaha Jr. Lancers, representing Nebraska, and the Dubuque Saints, representing Iowa, sailed through the first three games of pool play undefeated. In the Sunday morning quarterfinals, Omaha topped Sun Valley, Idaho, 7-4, and Dubuque defeated Dayton, Ohio, 4-1. Both teams then advanced to a Sunday afternoon semifinal showdown against each other. Omaha earned a hard fought, 3-2 victory.

Playing their sixth game in five days, Omaha faced off Monday morning against the Capistrano Coyotes of California in the title game. After falling behind 3-0 at the end of the first, the Jr. Lancers clawed back to tie the game in the third and force overtime. Omaha’s Trey Carlson then scored the game winner at 2:25 into overtime to clinch the championship title.

Omaha's win marks the second championship in the past three national tournaments for MHSHL teams. The Sioux City Metros won the title in 2018. The 2020 event was cancelled due to the pandemic.

A total of 16 teams are divided into four pools. Each team plays three games against pool opponents. First and second-place teams in each pool advance to the championship bracket. MHSHL teams compete in Division II, which is comprised of teams with players from multiple schools.

 

Monday, April 19
Championship Game: Omaha 5, Capistrano (CA) Coyotes 4, OT

Sunday, April 18
Quarterfinals: Omaha 7, Sun Valley (ID) Suns 4
Quarterfinals: Dubuque 4, Dayton (OH) Stealth 1
Semifinals: Omaha 3, Dubuque 2

Saturday, April 17
Omaha 4, Evansville (IN) Thunder 0
Dubuque 10, Owensboro (KY) Rampage 1

Friday, April 16
Omaha 2, Flower Mound-Marcus (TX) 0
Dubuque 3, Capistrano (CA) Coyotes 2

Thursday, April 15
Omaha 4, Osseo-Maple (MN) Grove Saints 2
Dubuque 3, UCI-North (UT) Warriors 0

OMAHA JUNIOR LANCERS 2021 ROSTER

- Forwards -
Maksim Buldyk
Trey Carlson
Michael Chase
Gabe Chubb
Carson Coleman
Nolan Fitzpatrick
Karl Grafelman
Timothy Johnson
Victor Knapp
Gavin Moffett
Benjamin Parsons
Brady Ridnour
Connor Szolek
Tyler Trimborn
Elias Troshynski
Brandon Waldow
Rhett Werner
Lachlan Wilmers

- Defense -
Brody Banaszak
Benjamin Barnes
Hudson Dilworth
Zachary Farnsworth
Jackson Lundgren
Lucas Parr
Nathan Sinnett
Paul Spence
Will Volenec

- Goaltenders -
Nolan Eikerman
Simon Johnson
Jaden Salado

HEAD COACH: Nicholas Harrahill
ASSISTANT COACHES: Zachary Gruhn, Benjamin Johnson, Derek Kinder, Noah Oldenhuis
TEAM REPRESENTATIVE: Michael Hughes
MANAGER: Lisa Mercier


JUNIOR VARSITY REGULAR-SEASON CHAMPION
(RPI Rankings) Kansas City Jets - 0.602 (24W-3L-2SOL)
(Conventional Standings) Omaha Jr. Lancers (31GP, 27W-2L-2SOL)

JUNIOR VARSITY TOURNAMENT CHAMPION
March 5-7, 2021 - Ames/ISU Arena
Championship Game: Des Moines Oak Leafs 3, Kansas City Jets 2

JUNIOR VARSITY SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD
Dubuque Saints

Jr. Varsity Tournament Results - March 5-7, 2021 - Ames/ISU Ice Arena
  Top-6 Jr. Varsity teams qualified. After #2 Omaha dropped out due to COVID-19, #7 Waterloo stepped in.
Qualifier Games #4 Des Moines Capitals 4, #7 Waterloo 3, 2OT
#5 Lincoln 1, #6 Dubuque 6
Semifinal Games #3 Des Moines Oak Leafs 4, #4 Des Moines Capitals 0
#1 Kansas City 3, #6 Dubuque 0
Third-Place Game #4 Des Moines Capitals 4, #6 Dubuque 1
Championship Game #1 Kansas City 2, #3 Des Moines Oak Leafs 3

 

Jr. Varsity RPI Rankings
(RPI = (your team’s winning percentage x 0.3) + (OPP x 0.4) + (OPP’s OPP x 0.3)
Rank-Team RPI WIN %
1-Kansas City 0.602 0.828
2-Omaha 0.599 0.871
3-DM Oak Leafs 0.579 0.833
4-DM Capitals 0.553 0.655
5-Lincoln 0.523 0.536
6-Dubuque 0.501 0.500
7-Waterloo 0.475 0.387
8-Quad City 0.474 0.462
9-Mason City 0.451 0.276
10-Cedar Rapids 0.447 0.286
11-Ames 0.419 0.160
12-Sioux City 0.414 0.107

 

Junior Varsity Conventional Regular-Season Standings - FINAL
Team Name GP W L SOL PTS GF GA PIM
1-Omaha JV 31 27 2 2 56 168 45 346
2-DM Oak Leafs JV 30 25 4 1 51 133 41 328
3-Kansas City JV 29 24 3 2 50 133 39 312
4-DM Capitals JV 29 19 9 1 39 101 61 247
5-Lincoln JV 28 15 12 1 31 85 69 219
6-Dubuque JV 28 14 12 2 30 59 69 200
7-Quad City JV 26 12 11 3 27 80 84 229
8-Waterloo JV 31 12 16 3 27 57 80 268
9-Mason City JV 29 8 20 1 17 50 120 361
10-Cedar Rapids JV 28 8 19 1 17 39 93 331
11-Ames JV 25 4 21 0 8 24 136 241
12-Sioux City JV 28 3 24 1 7 42 134 410

 

Jr. Varsity Top-Ten Scorers (this season based on Points per Game Average)
RK NAME GP G A PTS PIM PP SH GWG PPGA
1 Lachlan Wilmers, Omaha 25 23 21 44 30 1 0 3 1.76
2 Jacob Hall, Kansas City 25 20 17 37 14 0 2 5 1.48
3 Nolan Fitzpatrick, Omaha 31 16 24 40 20 1 0 1 1.29
4 Deangelo Ferrari, Quad City 22 15 13 28 26 4 0 2 1.27
5 Carson Coleman, Omaha 31 20 18 38 6 2 0 1 1.23
6 William Biggar, Kansas City 28 15 19 34 59 3 2 1 1.21
7 Isaiah Conrad, Quad City 24 12 16 28 2 0 1 1 1.17
8 Mason Pospeshil, DM Oak Leafs 27 15 16 31 21 4 1 4 1.15
T9 Carson Clemmenson, DM Oak Leafs 28 18 14 32 24 2 0 2 1.14
T9 Jase Stanbrough, DM Capitals 29 15 18 33 24 2 0 5 1.14
T9  Jase Johnson, Quad City 22 12 13 25 6 2 1 3 1.14

 

Jr. Varsity Silver-Glove Goaltenders
RK NAME GP W L T SO GA GAA SV SV%
1 Jack Leverton, Dubuque 13 9 1 0 4 12 1 255 0.955
T2 Hayden Stevens, DM Oak Leafs 16 13 2 0 5 19 1.19 266 0.933
 T2 Andre Enna, Kansas City 17 14 3 0 7 19 1.12 265 0.933

 

MIDWEST HIGH SCHOOL HOCKEY LEAGUE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
President: Todd Scebold - Ankeny, IA
Secretary: Dave Fox - Hampton, IA
Treasurer: Wayne Kettwick - DeWitt, IA
Vice President-All-Star Selection/Safe-Sport Coordinator: Dave Fox - Hampton, IA
Vice President-Communications/Pointstreak League Administrator: Roger Kelly - Sioux City, IA
Vice President-Tournaments: Russ Moore - Nevada, IA
Vice President-Scheduler: Andy Wade - Windsor Heights, IA

Commissioner: Del Donaldson - Cedar Falls, IA
Referee-In-Chief: Kyle Larson - Washington, IA
Statistics: Pointstreak Scoring Network