Tom's Pick: Storm'N Sabres, Icebreakers play for CLC lead

Tom's Pick: Storm'N Sabres, Icebreakers play for CLC lead

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Tom's Pick: Storm'N Sabres, Icebreakers play for CLC lead

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The Sartell/Sauk Rapids Storm’N Sabres have ruled the area’s girls hockey roost the past two seasons, winning back-to-back Central Lakes Conference championships.

Sartell/Sauk Rapids has another strong team this season, going 3-0-0 in the conference and 5-1-1 overall heading into a CLC game Friday night at Alexandria.

The team perhaps most capable of ending the Storm’N Sabres’ conference title streak plays them at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday at the Municipal Athletic Complex.

The St. Cloud Icebreakers are host to Sartell/Sauk Rapids at Dave Torrey Arena.

St. Cloud (3-0-0, 5-1-1) had a game Saturday at Moorhead.

Both the Icebreakers and the the Storm’N Sabres are unbeaten in conference play and optimistic about their CLC chances this season.

Sartell/Sauk Rapids has won the last seven meetings with the Icebreakers and all of them have been close.

Since St. Cloud’s 4-0 win over the Storm’N Sabres on Nov. 24, 2009, Sartell/Sauk Rapids’ biggest win over the Icebreakers was 3-0 last November.

The Storm’N Sabres have good balance. They average 3.74 goals per game and have nine skaters with four or more points through seven games, led by Lexi Holm (4 goals, 3 assists).

The Storm’N Sabres allow 1.45 goals per game, with Clare Minnerath usually in net.

St. Cloud, which is made up of students from Apollo, Cathedral and Tech, is a bit more high-powered, averaging 4.57 goals per game. The Icebreakers allow 1.96.

Three players are in double figures in scoring: Sam Eisenreich (4 goals, 10 assists), Alexie Portz (9 goals, 2 assists) and Tatum Peterson (5 goals, 5 assists).

It should be a good game.

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