One of the more interesting stories so far this season has been that of the Northern Lakes Lightning. Their team is an amalgam of a bunch of kids from various tiny schools in the northern part of the state--not all that different from the great Greenway teams of the olden days.
The team is coached by former Stanley Cup winner, and more infamously, the worst player in video game history, Shawn Chambers. Like most small school teams, you can argue about the quality of their schedule, but it's hard to argue with their impressive 14-3-3 record. Tim Kolehmainen wrote a nice feature article on how Chambers has turned that program into a success.
One of the nice things about the FanShots is that I--or anyone else who is interested--can write about individual games that are interesting, but maybe not pertinent enough for the front page. In case you missed it, here are my posts about Hill-Murray vs. South St. Paul and Bloomington Jefferson vs. Apple Valley. I'll try to keep doing write-ups on whichever games I make it out to.
Edina will take on Minnetonka on Thursday night on Fox Sports North at 7pm EST. Tonka isn't as good as they were last season when they were led by Jake Gardiner and Anthony Raiola, but they've still got some talented players including Troy Hesketh and Andrew Prochno, and should give the Hornets all they can handle. The Hornets are running up against another solid goalie in Jim Kruger, after being stifled against both Hopkins and Centennial.