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Assembly line players, distinctive jerseys give Chanhassen a winning look

By Loren Nelson, Legacy Hockey, 03/07/24, 3:00PM CST


Storm get goals from biggest stars and third-line glue guys in quarterfinal triumph over Rochester Century/John Marshall

Chanhassen's Coltin Wassengeso, left, eludes a Rochester Century/John Marshall's Aiden Emerich during Thursday's sate Class 2A quarterfinal. Photo by Jeff Lawler,

Chanhassen has some of the snazziest jerseys around. The white-and-gold color scheme gives the Storm a distinctive look, one that was introduced to a region-wide audience for the first time on Thursday, what with the team making its inaugural trip to the state tournament.

But those gold numbers on the white background can sometimes be hard to read. No matter. All of Chanhassen’s players, it seems, are carbon copies of each other. Fast, ultra-skilled, hard-working … they might as well have all come off the same assembly line.

The Storm’s look became even more uniform this week when all the players dyed their hair blonde. Hence the bit of confusion during the media session after Chanhassen’s 7-0 state Class 2A quarterfinal victory over Rochester Century/John Marshall at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

Jake Risch, who scored a third-period goal, was mistake for Jack Christ, who opened the scoring for the Storm in the first period.

“They always get us mixed up,” Risch said, rattling some of the may erroneous name combinations. “Tyler and Jack Christ. Jake Christ. Jack Rasch. It’s alright. My mom doesn’t even recognize me right now.”

Christ, who is committed to Minnesota State, was joined by fellow Division I commits Caden Lee (Minnesota State) and Gavin Uhlenkamp (Wisconsin) as first- and second-period goal scorers for the No. 2-seeded Storm.

Risch and the rest of Chanhassen’s third line — namely Micah Saxon and Ryan McPartland — took over in the third period, as each member of the trio scored a goal for the Storm as they skated the unseeded Panthers into submission.

“They’re a super skilled steam,” Century/John Marshall’s Aiden Emerich said. “They are super quick. They beat us with their speed.”

Packaged with all that speed and skill is some grit, too.

“They’re a hungry team,” Century/John Marshall co-head coach Matt Erredge said about the Storm, ranked No. 5 in Class 2A. “They have no problem going after rebounds. They are relentless.”

The recent high-level play of Chanhassen’s third, or “Glue” line, has been particularly welcome to Storm coach Sean Bloomfield. Suddenly, the game plan of stacking top defenders against Chanhassen’s Division I commits doesn’t seem so bulletproof.

“They don’t always get the amount of minutes they necessarily want in certain moments,” Bloomfield said. “But in our last two games, our two biggest games of the year, their effort and composure and compete has been off the charts.”

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