Pee Wee hockey team makes NBAHA history

Front row from left: Matt Courtright, Nicky Jensen, Justin Sachs, Andy Osland, Trevor Mellen, Jake Richards, Tristen Thomas, Cody Moline and Jared Schmitt. Back row: Wyatt Garin, Timmy Moll, Brandon Williams, Dawson Linkert, Jon Chilstrom, Alec Hink and Brennen James. Head coach is Craig Moline, assisted by Chris Courtright, Tom Garin and Dan Linkert. Photo supplied

Front row from left: Matt Courtright, Nicky Jensen, Justin Sachs, Andy Osland, Trevor Mellen, Jake Richards, Tristen Thomas, Cody Moline and Jared Schmitt. Back row: Wyatt Garin, Timmy Moll, Brandon Williams, Dawson Linkert, Jon Chilstrom, Alec Hink and Brennen James. Head coach is Craig Moline, assisted by Chris Courtright, Tom Garin and Dan Linkert. Photo supplied

North Branch Area Hockey Association’s B1 Pee Wee team had a remarkable 2012-13 season, with 25 wins, 10 losses and three ties.

Concluding the regular season with a 10-5-3 record, the team participated in three tournaments with a record of 8-2, including one championship in the Frostbite Falls tournament.

The Pee Wees advanced to the District 10 Championship game Feb. 24 by sweeping their competition: Spring Lake Park (4-3) and Elk River (7-0). They played hard but ultimately lost a very tight game against Champlain Park with a final score of 2-4. The North Branch community was terrific for coming to the game and showing its support.

As a result of their accomplishment in the district tournament, the boys were selected to represent District 10 in the Minnesota Hockey Pee Wee B Region Tournament. They are the first team ever in North Branch Area Hockey Association’s history to qualify for Regions.

The Pee Wees lost to Wadena in the first game, 4-5.  They came back and rallied against Spring Lake Park with a 2-1 win. They then fell to Minneapolis, 3-4.

The team played with heart and honor in representing its district and community. Each game was lost by only a goal, and they were up against some of the better teams in the area.

Fantastic job, boys and coaches — you did North Branch proud!

— Submitted by the North Branch Area Athletic Association

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