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SPETZ MAKES NCAA COMMITMENT

The Brookings Blizzard are pleased to announce that Conner Spetz has made his NCAA Commitment. Spetz will play DIII hockey at the University of St. Thomas who are members of the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC). Spetz finished among the top four defenseman in scoring for Brookings this past year with 12 points (2 goals, 10 assists). The St. Michael, MN native played two years for the Blizzard appearing in 103 games and finished his junior career with 20 points (4 goals, 16 assists). Spetz will join Blizzard teammate Kane Durment aboard the roster at St. Thomas.

“Connor filled many rolls for us as a 2nd year player. We played him in all situations, and if someone was struggling, we’d put them with Connor. He always got the player back on track he will be a hard player to replace. We wish him luck at St. Thomas.” – Dan Daikawa, Brookings Blizzard Head Coach

"I am very excited to be attending and playing hockey at the University of St. Thomas next year. I'd like to thank my coaches, parents, and teammates for helping me get this far!" – Connor Spetz

DURMENT MAKES NCAA COMMITMENT

The Brookings Blizzard are pleased to announce that Kane Durment has made his NCAA Commitment. Durment will play college hockey at St. Thomas, a Division III School, and a member of the (MIAC) Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Durment, a Kildeer, Illinois native, led the Blizzard in goals this past season with 17 and finished second in scoring with 41 points. The Assistant Captain had 3 points in three playoff games, and was invited to play for Team Central in the Top Prospects Tournament where he tallied 4 points (2 goals, 2 assists) helping Team Central to their 2-0 record.

“We’re really excited for Kane. We feel St. Thomas is getting one of the best natural goal scorers from the NAHL. Kane has a bright future at St. Thomas.” – Dan Diakawa, Brookings Blizzard Head Coach

“I’m excited to get my time at St. Thomas started. I love the area and know a few incoming players that will make it a comfortable transition. I want to thank my parents for their support.” – Kane Durment

FORD MAKES NCAA COMMITMENT

The Brookings Blizzard are pleased to announce that forward Nick Ford has committed to play NCAA Division III hockey at Elmira College in the ECAC West Conference. Ford, a Chicago, IL native, played his final year of junior hockey with the Blizzard and finished fourth on the team in coring with 38 points (12 goals, 26 assists) in 59 games. He also added five points in four playoff games, which led the team during the playoffs. Ford was selected to play for Team Central at this year's Top Prospects Tournamnet where he scored one goal.

"I'm very excited for the opportunity to play college hocey at Elmira. I want to thank the town of Brookings, the Blizzard organization, my coaches, teammates, family, and friends for all the support over my hockey career. I also want to thank my billet family for everythin they did for me this season. I'm looking forward to getting a great education at Elmira and joining an amazing hockey program." – Nick Ford

 

SCHMIDT MAKES NCAA COMMITMENT

The Brookings Blizzard are pleased to announce that Colton Schmidt has made his NCAA commitment to play hockey for Gustavus Adolphus. Gustavus is a Division III college located in St. Peter, MN and a member of the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC). Schmidt spent two seasons wtih the Blizzard and finished playing in 60 games totalling 9 points (4 goals, 5 assists). 

"We are very excited for Colton and will definitely miss his speed and tenacity next season." – Dan Daikawa, Blizzard Head Coach

"After overcoming several challenges the last 2 seasons, I'm very excited to be joining such a great hockey organization and school and look forward to making an impact and contributing to the success of the Gusties! I'd like to thank my family, my girlfriend, friends, and coaches who have supported me throughout the years." – Colton Schmidt

HUTCHINS MAKES NCAA COMMITMENT

The Brookings Blizzard are proud to announce that Connor Hutchins, 2015-16 Captain, has made his NCAA commitment to play hockey at The College of Brockport New York. Brockport is a Division III college and a member of the SUNYAC Conference. Hutchins, a North Richland Hills, TX native, played in 55 our of 60 games this season and finished with 14 points (8 goals, 6 assists) while being second on the team in power play goals. He played in 110 games over the past two seasons with the Blizzard finishing with 30 points (14 goals, 16 assists).

"Connor was a great leader that came ready to play every day. He will be missed by the team and by the town of Brookings." – Dan Daikawa, Blizzard Head Coach

"I'm excited to be able to continue my hockey career at Brockport. The program there is on the rise and it's an exciting time to be a part of it. When it came down to it, Brockport was the best fit for me athletically and academically. I can't think the Blizzard organization and my teammates enough for all of their support. Being able to play in Brookings for two years and serve as Captain was an honor and an experience I'll never forget. I'd also like to thank my family who has been there since day one and supported me through this entire process." – Connor Hutchins

SAMEC MAKES DIVISION I COMMITMENT

The Blizzard are proud to announce that TJ Samec, 2015-16 Assistant Captain, has made his Division I commitment to play hockey at Rensselaer (RPI), a member of ECAC Hockey. Samec, a St. Paul, Minnesota native, led all Blizzard defenseman in scoring and finished 5th on the team with 25 points (10 goals, 15 assists) in 60 games. Samec's 10 goals were just 2 goals shy of the league lead in goals scored among defenseman. 

"We are very excited for TJ, he has been a big part of the Blizzard organization over the last two years. We want to wish him good luck and thank him for all his hard work." – Dan Daikawa, Blizzard Head Coach

"I am very excited to have the opportunity to play at RPI under Coach Appert and his staff. I want to the thank the Brookings community, the Brookings Blizzard staff for two good years, all of my coaches, teammates, family, and friends who have helped me along the way. I'm looking forward to the next chapter of my life at RPI, getting a great education and also continuing my dream of playing college hockey." – TJ Samec

JESZKA MAKES DIVISION I COMMITMENT

The Blizzard are proud to announce that the 2015-16 Most Valuable Player, Griff Jeszka, has made his Division I commitment to play hockey for the University of Massachusetts. Jeszka, a Muskego, Wisconsin native, excelled this season with the Blizzard. In his previous two years he played with Coulee Region and Corpus Christi in the NAHL. In the second half of the 2015-16 season he took over the scoring lead for the Blizzard and finished on top with 48 points (15 goals, 33 assists). Jeszka had seven points in the last five games to help the Blizzard secure a playoff spot where he was second on the team with four playoff points in four games. 

"The Blizzard organization is very happy for Griff. He put in countless hours both on and off the ice working on his game and it paid off for him. We wish him the very best with his future in hockey." – Dan Daikawa, Blizzard Head Coach

"I am very excited and humbled to have the opportunity to play for Coach Carvel and his staff at the University of Massachusetts. I want to thank the community of Brookings and the Brookings Blizzard organization, all of my coachses, teammates, family, and friends for helping me reach my goals. I look forward to the challenge ahead playing in the Hockey East and becoming part of a very exciting time for UMass Hockey as a Minuteman." – Griff Jeszka

BLIZZARD GAIN 3 POINTS IN WEEKEND SERIES

The Blizzard traveled to Wisconsin this past weekend for a series against the Janesville Jets of the Midwest Division.

FRIDAY –
The game ended with a 5-3 victory for the Blizzard. Trailing 3-2 entereing into the third period, the Blizzard scored three goals to seal the win. Durment scored the game winner while Hakkarainen added the insurance goal; Valent, Jeszka and Rivard also scored for the Blizzard. Jeszka and Valent had three point nights. Gwillim made 37 saves for the victory in his Blizzard debut.

SATURDAY – 
Blizzard forced overtime, but fell in overtime 4-3. Gamelin, Callahan, and Ford scored in regulation.
 

The team hosts Aberdeen this Wednesday, January 13th – puck set to drop at 7:30pm sharp.

ROAD SPLIT BEFORE HOLIDAYS

This past weekend Brookings hit the road to Aberdeen and Bismarck. 

FRIDAY –
Brookings trailed 2-0 after one, but then dominated the second period outshotoing Aberdeen 16-4 and scoring one goal by Loagn Rivard from Valent and Gamelin. The Blizzard were unable to get anything else past Gavin Paczoza giving Aberdeen the 4-1 victory.

SATURDAY – 
Bismarck scored a late first period goal for an early lead, but Brookings came out and dominated the second. Cardelli scored his 8th of the year from Hakkarainen and Samec. Just three minutes later, Valent snapped the puck over the right shoulder of DeSimone. Sangvonzey earned the assist in his second game with the Blizzard. Bismarck tied the game at 2 early in the third period. After an exhilerating back and forth in OT, the game was decided by Mitchell in a shootout! Kuehmichel stopped all three shots in the shootout and improved his record to 7-5-1. Brookings holds onto third place in the Central Division just four points out of first. 

The team travels to Aberdeen on New Year's Eve – puck drops at 7:15. Watch live on fasthockey.com.

BLIZZARD SPLIT WITH JETS

The Blizzard hosted the Janesville Jets of the Midwest Division this past weekend. 

FRIDAY –
Ford scored his 6th goal of the season to give the Blizzard lead early on, while Jeszka scored with just seconds remaining in the second period for a 2-0 lead. Janesville cut the lead in half with just under eight minutes to play. Brookings was able to seal the victory with empty net goals from Elmore and Durment. Magnus Lindhe stopped 25 of 26 shots for his first victory with the Blizzard.

SATURDAY – 
Janesville came back Saturday night with a 5-2 victory. Jeska scored in the second peiod to pull the Blizzard closer, but Janesville took control with two more goals in the second. Brookings scored midway through the third from Revering, but Janesville added one more to earn the weekend split.

Brookings (13-10-2) is in third place just five points out of first in the Central Division. The Blizzard travel to Aberdeen on Wednesday, then host the Bismarck Bobcats this Saturday, December 12th for the annual Ugly Sweater Party! Wear an ugly sweater to the box office on game day to receive $1 off your regular priced ticket!