RAHS boys hockey set for season opener

After winning 16 games in 2013-14 and returning a dozen players from that team, the Roseville Area High School boys hockey team has some reason for optimism heading into its season opener this weekend. The Raiders play a pair of games up in the Duluth area on Friday and Saturday.

Among the areas in which Roseville appears strong are goaltender and forward. The Raiders return both of its netminders from last year and a number of forwards. 

Senior Quinn Huff returns to anchor the goaltending corps. He was an all-Suburban East Conference selection last season as a junior. 

Senior Matt Irwin is also back after earning honorable mention all-conference honors last year. Irwin is Roseville's leading returning goal scorer.

One area that's a bit of a question mark for Roseville is on the blue line. Four of the six regular defensemen from last year's team graduated, so some new faces need to join the fray.

Roseville head coach Ryan Adams expects his team to be in every game of what is a fairly challenging schedule.

"Hard work, a team-first mentality and respect for our opponents and officials are a priority," Adams said. "With those ideals in mind, we should put ourselves in a position to be in every game."

Adams is in his second year as Roseville's head coach and third with the program. He came to Roseville as an assistant with Pete Aus in 2012-13 and replaced Aus last year.

Roseville opens the season Friday at 2:30 p.m. against Duluth Marshall at Mars Lakeview Arena. The Raiders beat Marshall in Roseville last year for what Adams said was one of the team's bigger wins. 

A victory over Cretin-Derham Hall was another of those big wins a year ago and capped off a seven-game unbeaten streak for Roseville. 

In the post-season last year, Roseville beat Mounds View in the quarterfinals and lost to Hill-Murray in the semifinals.

In terms of the Suburban East Conference, Adams expects a challenge each and every night.

"We are in a tough conference," Adams said. "Stillwater, White Bear and Cretin-Derham Hall are always tough opponents. Stillwater was in the state tournament last year. We see ourselves as being able to compete with them and having a chance to beat them."

Following the Duluth Marshall game, Roseville will remain up north and play at Hermantown on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Roseville's home opener is Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m. against Woodbury.

Aside from hockey, Adams and his staff are also looking to teach the players character.

"As a coaching staff we will continue to work towards molding young men into quality character people who will do the right thing," Adams said. "We strive to represent ourselves, our team and our community well."

Brian Meyers can be reached at bmeyers@lillienews.com or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.


2014-15 Roseville Area High School boys hockey schedule

  • Nov. 28 at Duluth Marshall 2:30 p.m.
  • Nov. 29 at Hermantown 7:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 4 vs. Woodbury 7:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 6 at Stillwater 7:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 9 at Mounds View 7:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 11 at Irondale 7:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 13 vs. Forest Lake 7:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 18 vs. Park-Cottage Grove 7:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 20 at North St. Paul 7:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 23 at Mahtomedi 7:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 27 vs. Tartan 3 p.m.
  • Dec. 30 vs. Totino-Grace 7:30 p.m.
  • Jan. 3 vs. Cretin-Derham Hall 7:30 p.m.
  • Jan. 8 vs. White Bear Lake 7:30 p.m.
  • Jan. 10 at East Ridge 7:30 p.m.
  • Jan. 13 at St. Francis 7 p.m.
  • Jan. 15 at Woodbury 7:30 p.m.
  • Jan. 17 vs. Stillwater 7:30 p.m.
  • Jan. 22 vs. Mounds View 7:30 p.m.
  • Jan. 24 at Forest Lake 7:30 p.m.
  • Jan. 29 at Park-Cottage Grove 7:30 p.m.
  • Feb. 3 at Holy Angels 7 p.m.
  • Feb. 5 at Cretin-Derham Hall 7:30 p.m.
  • Feb. 7 at White Bear Lake 3 p.m.
  • Feb. 12 vs. East Ridge 7:30 p.m.

 

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