Thursday, January 5, 2006
Kyle Can Do
By Ryan Phelps
Apple Valley, MN
|Kyle Medvec checks Rosemount's Dan Weiland|
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He stands at 6'5 and tips the scales at 205 pounds, but Kyle Medvec played much larger than that Thursday night in Apple Valley's 4-1 win over Lake Conference rival Rosemount.
The luck of the Irish struck first, but not until 6:42 of the second period. That's when Nick Carlson hooked up with Nick Larsen on a 5-on-3 power play, giving Rosemount a 1-0 lead.
The Eagles were quick to retaliate with a power play goal of their own. Trent Zimmer scored on a deflection from David Fischer. Medvec tallied the third assist for his first point of the night as AV tied the game 1-1 at 7:13 of the second period.
Medvec's next two points game in the form of goals at 14:04 of the second and 2:28 of the third. Both shots displayed the speed and accuracy of his one-timers from the point. All to often in high school hockey, players wind up for giant slap shots that sail three feet over the net. Both of Medvec's shots hovered inches off the ice and found the corners of Ben Percy's cage.
"I felt pretty good out there tonight," said Medvec. "Just playing my game. The team came to play, we got the victory. That's all that really matters."
The second line played their part adding the finishing touch when Cameron Stelljes and Collin Iacarella assisted on Brandon Uzarek's 4-on-4 goal at 6:04 of the third to make it 4-1.
But overall, it was the blue-line play of Medvec that kept Valley in command. The senior captain is heading to USHL's Sioux City Musketeers. He's hoping that will help him train for Division I hockey at school's like Vermont, UM-Duluth, Boston College and Maine, all of which have shown interest in Medvec.
Medvec said, "I have to give credit to the Minnesota State Elite League. We get a lot of exposure there. That's where a lot of the scouts come to watch us play."
Medvec's defensive partner and co-captain David Fischer is playing for the Gophers next year. I guess it helps being in good company.
Next up, Apple Valley (6-5-2) heads to Eagan. Rosemount (5-4-1) plays host to Burnsville. Both games are on Saturday at 7:30pm.