Boys hockey: Zwiener shines for Sabres in win

Boys hockey: Zwiener shines for Sabres in win


Boys hockey: Zwiener shines for Sabres in win


Growing up, Sartell’s Spencer Zwiener said he spent a lot of time working on his stick handling and shooting with a small rubber ball in his garage.

It showed on Tuesday in a Central Lakes Conference boys hockey game at Bernick’s Arena.

Zwiener, a senior right wing, had four goals and an assist in the Sabres’ 7-2 win over Sauk Rapids. The win helps Sartell improve to 4-0-0 in the CLC and 7-0-0 overall.

Zwiener had the first two Sartell goals, assisted on the Sabres’ third goal and then added the fourth and sixth goals of the game for Sartell.

“He’s unreal, a lot of fun to play on a line with,” said Sartell junior center Matthew Moran, who had a goal and three assists. “He knows what to do with the puck. A lot of guys fumble it around when they get it. He doesn’t.”

Zwiener, who is 6-foot and 180 pounds, is in his third season on the varsity for Sartell. He played on a line last season with two seniors, so Moran and junior left wing Colin Johnson are new linemates.

It hasn’t shown. Zwiener has 11 goals and 10 assists in seven games.

“I played with these guys in bantams and we just kind of know where each other is going to be,” Zwiener said.

When it comes to picking out the strengths of Zwiener, it is a tough call for Sartell coach Ryan Hacker to narrow it down.

“He’s got great speed, great hands and his vision is among the tops in the conference and in the section,” Hacker said. “The biggest thing with him this season has been how he has brought leadership.

“If things are not going our way, he’s the first one in there to pick up the energy. He’s done a fantastic job of helping our younger kids.”

Zwiener said he would like to play college hockey and plans to play junior hockey next season. He said he spoke with some teams from the North American Hockey League, a Tier II junior league, last season.

But he also played for the Great Plains team in the Elite League this fall. That is a league where most of the elite players in the state play.

Add that with his fast start and he could end up playing in the United States Hockey League, a Tier I league.

But for now, he’s enjoying the ride the Sabres are on.

“I thought we really persevered tonight,” Zwiener said. “They kind of surprised us right away.

“But we kept moving our feet and once we scored a couple goals, they couldn’t keep up with us.”

That’s been the story of the season so far for Sartell.

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First period: 1. SR –– Luke Althaus (Calvin Barthel, Nathan Shelander) 6:37 (pp).2. S –– Spencer Zweiner (Matthew Moran, Spencer Meier) 12:19.3. S –– Zweiner (Colin Johnson, Moran) 13:48.Second period: 4. S –– Moran (Meier, Zweiner) 14:11.Third period: 5. SR –– Wyatt Orth (unassisted) :07.6. S –– Zwiener (Colin Johnson, Austin Gohl) :54.7. S –– Cullen Chisholm (Andrew Grant, Matthew Michaud) 4:04.8. S –– Zwiener (Moran, Johnson) 5:28.9. S –– Gohl (Meier) 14:22.Goaltenders: SR –– Lukas Marlin (34); S –– Taylor Marthaler (19).

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