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North Stars Welcome Head Coach for 2016-2017 Season Jon Jonasson!

The Breezy Point North Stars, proud members of the North American 3 Hockey League, are pleased to announce the hiring of Jon Jonasson as head coach of the North Stars for the 2016-2017 season. Jonasson replaces Josh Dallman, who succeeded head coach Jeff Worlton, both of which have assumed coaching duties with the Kenai River Brown Bears of the North American Hockey League. 

Jon Jonasson comes to the Breezy Point North Stars as the Head Coach with 10+ years of coaching experience at all levels. Jon is from Bloomington, MN where he played 3 years of Varsity hockey for Bloomington Kennedy. Following high school hockey Jon played 3 years of Junior Hockey in the MNJHL for the Twin Cities Northern Lights and the Minnesota Owls. After his junior career he had a short stint at the Minor Professional level with Evansville Icemen of the AAHL in 2009 before he decided to continue his coaching career. 

“We are excited with the experience that Jon brings to the table,” said General Manager Craig Larson. “Coaches Worlton and Dallman did a great job here in Breezy Point and we wish them the best in Kenai River,” Larson added. “Jonasson has a lot of energy, is a tireless recruiter and has a solid plan for player development. With his many contacts in the NAHL and his track record for advancing players, we felt he is the right fit to continue our success moving forward as an organization and a developmental program in the NA3HL,” said Larson. 

"I am more than excited to be named the Head Coach of the North Stars for the 2016-2017 season. Breezy Point has done all the right things since becoming a franchise, to be a top notch program and I plan to add to that. After spending sometime up in Breezy Point recently, I knew it was a perfect fit for me to grow as a coach and build something special. Players in Breezy Point are offered some of the best amenities in the league and are offered the opportunity of growth as a player at their fingertips," said Jon Jonasson.

Jon spent 2010-2011 as an Associate Coach of the Phoenix Polar Bears Junior A team of the WSHL where his contributions led them to a trip to the Western Division Championship. In 2011-2012 Jon was the director of recruiting for the Cheyenne Stampede for their inaugural season, having a helping hand in the team having a successful first season. Most recently he was the Head Coach/GM with the Helena Bighorns Junior A team in the NA3HL out of Helena, MT. While with the Bighorns he held a solid winning record in a strong division in the last 2 seasons. In his first year with Helena, Jon led the team to the Frontier Division championship coming just short of 1 point in being in the Silver Cup. Currently in the offseason Jon is also a scout the Janesville Jets in the NAHL. Since entering the Junior coaching ranks he has moved over 30+ players on to the next level including NAHL, SIJHL, NOJHL, NCAA Div 3, ACHA D1, ACHA d2. 

“We are very excited to have Jon Jonasson join our organization. He has a proven track record that will build upon our up and coming program. His philosophy of moving players on to the next level, matches perfectly with our goals for this program,” added team president David Spizzo.

During the offseason Jon will be living in Austin, MN with his wife Kellie and his daughters Skylar(3) and Charley(1) along with spending a lot of time in Breezy Point during the summer.

Berglove leads Granite City to shutout victory over Breezy Point

Braden Altena was all over the ice for Granite City, as he tallied one goal and two assists in the win. Altena scored in the first period to make the score 2-0 Granite City. Matt Flom assisted on the tally.

Granite City\’s defensemen played an important role in the offense, chipping in three goals.Granite City put up an impenetrable defensive front on the penalty kill, and did not allow Breezy Point to score on any of their six power plays.Granite City kept Breezy Point\’s goalie busy throughout the game, and Wes Paupore made 34 saves on 40 shots.Granite City\’s defense was surprisingly good. Granite City allows 2.3 goals per game.

Granite City also got points from Tommy Hall, who also registered one goal and one assist , Casey Esselman, who also registered one goal and two assists , Tyler Mros, who also registered one goal and one assist , and Flom, who also registered one goal and one assist. Justin Carlson also scored for Granite City. More assists for Granite City came via Spencer Nelson, who had two and Chase Di Bari, who had one.

Breezy Point could not produce their normal offensive output. Breezy Point puts an average of 3 pucks into the net per game.

Granite City incurred 14 minutes in penalty time with seven minors. Breezy Point ended with 29 minutes in penalty time with seven minors and one major.

Breezy Point squeaks by Minnesota, 5-3

Ryan Mezera was all over the ice for Breezy Point, as he tallied two goals and one assist in the win. Mezera scored the first of his two goals on the power play at 19:58 into the second period to make the score 2-1 Breezy Point. Andrew Heckaman provided the assist. Mezera\’s next tally on the power play made the score 3-1 Breezy Point in the second period. The goal was assisted by Patrik Johansson and Reise Kieffer.

Minnesota\’s power play was ineffective against Breezy Point\’s penalty kill, which allowed one goal while shorthanded.

Breezy Point got an offensive boost from their blueliners, who contributed two goals during the gameBreezy Point kept Minnesota\’s goalie busy throughout the game, and Dakota McDonald made 38 saves on 43 shots.

Breezy Point also had goals scored by Nick Blanchette, who had one and Alec Hooper, who had two. In addition, Breezy Point received assists from Sean Viti, Adam Lund, and Josh Laven, who each chipped in one.

Minnesota were helped by Joe Guimont, who racked up two goals.Guimont scored the first of his two goals at 7:11 into the second period to make the score 3-2 Breezy Point. The score was assisted by Lucas Mutschelknaus and Tyler Leverty. Guimont\’s next tally made the score 4-3 Breezy Point in the third period. Kyle Wendorf claimed the first assist on the goal, and Alec Skar got the second.Minnesota additionally got points from Wendorf, who also registered one goal and one assist. Minnesota also got a goal from Guimont as well. More assists for Minnesota came via Skar, Ryan Conybear, Mutschelknaus, Leverty, and Nate Ackerman, who contributed one apiece.

Breezy Point\’s Wes Paupore stopped 20 shots out of the 23 that he faced. Breezy Point incurred 20 minutes in penalty time with five minors. Minnesota incurred 20 minutes in penalty time with five minors.

Breezy Point holds on for 2-1 win against Alexandria

Breezy Point survived a determined comeback attempt by Alexandria on the way to a 2-1 win.

Breezy Point made the score 2-0 on a goal by Austin Langworthy at 18:17 in the second period, and Alexandria got as close as 2-1 when Jacob Odegard scored 2:00 into the third period.

Breezy Point was led by goalie Wes Paupore, who finished with 43 saves while allowing one goal. Paupore managed to improve on his goals against average, which stood at 2.77 prior to the game.

Breezy Point excelled on the penalty kill, not giving up a single goal in nine chances. Breezy Point could not stay out of the penalty box, as the team accrued 26 minutes in penalties during the game.

Breezy Point also got a goal from Josh Laven as well. Other players who recorded assists for Breezy Point were Andrew Heckaman, who had one and Tyler Larwood, who had two.

Alexandria\’s offense operated below its season average. Alexandria averages 3.8 goals per game. Alexandria forced Breezy Point goalie Paupore to work between the pipes, taking 44 shots. Penalties took their toll on Alexandria, as its penalty kill unit let in two power play goals.

In addition, Alexandria received assists from Jack Cernohous and Logan Norman, who contributed one each.

Derrick LaCombe made 28 saves for Alexandria on 30 shots. Alexandria incurred 16 minutes in penalty time with three minors.

La Crosse penalty kill dominates in 6-4 defeat of Breezy Point

La Crosse were led by Noah Hallbeck, who finished with one goal. Hallbeck scored in the third period to make the score 5-4 La Crosse. Ben Henderson provided the assist.

team\’s forwards weren\’t the only contributers offensively, and the team\’s defensemen showcased their scoring touch with three goals.La Crosse excelled on the penalty kill, only allowing Breezy Point to get one power play goal on 11 chances.La Crosse were ineffective while on the power play, as they were held to one goal off of 14 man advantages.Breezy Point were unable to stop La Crosse from sending pucks towards the net, and La Crosse eventually piled up 31 shots on goal.

Others who scored for La Crosse included Kadin Machusak, Jared Bromberg, Matt Wolter, Taylor Trapp, and Daniel Toycen, who scored one each. More assists for La Crosse came via Henderson, who had three, Sam Wenner, who had two, and Hunter Breza, Mick Nisbet, Brady Thiering, Toon De Schepper, Hunter Dolan, and JP Eykyn, who contributed one apiece.

La Crosse were unable to stop Breezy Point from sending pucks towards the net, and Breezy Point eventually piled up 39 shots on goal.

Breezy Point were helped by Austin Langworthy, who grabbed two goals.Langworthy scored the first of his two goals short handed at 19:01 into the first period to make the score 3-1 La Crosse. Tyler Larwood picked up the assist. Langworthy\’s next tally short handed made the score 3-3 in the second period. Billy Nichol assisted on the tally.Breezy Point also got points from Nick Blanchette, who also registered one goal and one assist and Larwood, who also registered one goal and one assist. Langworthy also scored for Breezy Point. In addition, Breezy Point received assists from Seyia Hayata, Nichol, Christian Lenzmeier, and Jake Tomkowiak, who each chipped in one.

La Crosse ended with 47 minutes in penalty time with six minors and one major. La Crosse ran into serious disciplinary problems during the contest, and Patrick Gazich was ejected from the game. Breezy Point ended with 47 minutes in penalty time with 11 minors and one major. For Breezy Point, Ryan Mezera was ejected from the game.