It wasn’t much of a holiday vacation for Joey Hanowski.
But it wasn’t all work for the Little Falls senior.
Hanowski tallied five goals and four assists, helping him reach 100 career points, during the Little Falls boys hockey tournament Dec. 27-29.
The senior’s production helped Little Falls win all three tournament games by a combined 15-4 score.
“It was a pretty good tournament for him and our team,” said Flyers head coach Tony Couture. “Last year he had 30 goals, but he struggled at the start of the season, points-wise, but so did our team. We lost six games by one goal and two were in overtime.
“This is practically the same team that won 20 games last year. But Joey has played a lot better of late and the team has been winning. There is a correlation with how our team is doing and how he is doing.”
Hanowski opened the Little Falls tournament with a hat trick and an assist in the Flyers’ 7-1 win over Hutchinson Dec. 27. In the Flyers’ 3-1 win over Willmar, Hanowski added two assists.
He finished off the tournament with two goals and an assist in a 5-2 win over Mound-Westonka Dec. 29.
His 100th point came against Hutchinson.
“I knew I was close at the start of the season, but I didn’t know the exact number,” said Hanowski. “(Couture) told me before the Hutchinson game that I was three points away so when I put the puck in it was kind of exciting. I didn’t want to think about it when I was on the ice, but it was nice getting your name included on the list.”
Hanowski is the 17th Flyer to reach 100 career points. It’s a list that includes his brothers Beau and Ben.
The four-year varsity player’s nine-point tournament has him tied for the Section 6-1A lead with 26 points. His 13 goals lead the section.
He’s tied for the section lead with linemate Ben Newman. The third member of the Flyers’ first line, Luke Majerle, has 22 points.
“We know each other pretty well,” said Hanowski. “Everyone is clicking right now and we’d like to keep it that way. At the start they broke us up because we wanted two balanced lines. But they put us back together and we’re doing well right now.
“We know where each other is going to be and it’s pretty nice being together for the last two or three years. You get to know how each of us plays.”
Hanowski has three power-play goals and is on the penalty kill unit. His biggest asset to the team might be his leadership.
“He is very vocal in the locker room and on the ice,” said Couture. “When he puts the puck in the net he creates a lot of enthusiasm on our team. He’s been the go-to guy, not only on the ice, but in the locker room as well. I think he thrives on it. He enjoys that aspect of team sports.
“Not everyone appreciates a vocal leader, but that’s part of who he is. If you can’t accept it you will learn to appreciate it after a while. Everyone knows that’s how Joey is and they respect him for it.”
Other notable performances:
Basketball: Jacob Goodwin, Crosby-Ironton, scored 30 points against Moose Lake-Willow River.
Nevin Greer, Pequot Lakes, scored 38 points in two games at the Little Falls tournament.
Preston Weber, Pierz, scored 25 points against Concordia Academy.
Caleb Janson, Pierz, finished with 24 points and 13 rebounds against Concordia Academy.
EJ Ziegler, Pillager, finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds against Cromwell and 25 points and 15 boards against Royalton.
Evan VanErp, Wadena-Deer Creek, finished with 54 points in two games during the Fergus Falls tournament.
JEREMY MILLSOP may be reached at email@example.com or at 855-5856.