North Dakota Junior Hockey Update (March 14)

With a lot of interesting tidbits this week about former, current, and future players of North Dakota’s three junior hockey teams, it’s time for another North Dakota Junior Hockey Update.

  • Century High School’s Alec Rauhauser signed a tender agreement with the Bismarck Bobcats. If he ends up playing for the Bobcats, he should have a big impact on the ice and also in the stands, as the fans will be excited to have a hometown product on the ice. The fans will also be hoping for some magic like this from Rauhauser:

  • After only three games with the Minot Minotauros, Grand Forks Red River product Jacob Benson has joined the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the USHL. Benson is a St. Cloud State recruit.
  • On Saturday, the Bismarck Bobcats are hosting their fourth-annual St. Baldrick’s Night to raise money to fight childhood cancer. Five players, the head coach, and the director of broadcasting and media relations will have their heads shaved. The Bobcats will also be wearing special green jerseys to be auctioned off after the game.

    Bobcat players with special green jerseys

    Bismarck Bobcats players Adam Knochenmus, Shane Omdahl, Jeremy O’Keefe, and Evan Giesler sport the special edition green Bobcats jerseys to be worn on Saturday. These four players are getting their heads shaved at the game.

  • Six former Bobcats will meet in the Division III Frozen Four. Utica’s Nick Miglio and Donald Olivieri face Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s Isaiah Bennis, Alex Olson, Jordan Singer, and Kurt Weston at 3 p.m. CT on Friday. The winner will face either Oswego or Norwich in the championship game on Saturday.
  • Former Fargo Force and current University of North Dakota goalie Zane Gothberg was named WCHA Defensive Player of the Week. This is his third weekly honor in five weeks.
  • Also receiving a weekly WCHA award was former Fargo Force and current Minnesota Duluth forward Austin Farley, who was named WCHA Rookie of the Week.