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The numbers virtually jump off the Minneapolis Novas' statistical page: Five consecutive games with 10 or more goals, a total of fifty-six goals while giving up only three.
In their last five games back to Jan. 7, the Novas -- the lone high school boys' hockey program in the Minneapolis Conference -- have beaten North Branch 11-0, Richfield 10-2, Moose Lake 12-0, Becker/Big Lake 13-1 and Mora/Hinckley-Finlayson 10-0.
"We have a senior-heavy team with a few kids who have a scorer's touch," said first-year coach Joe Dziedzic, a Minneapolis Edison product. "We're starting to jell, starting to gain a little confidence and that's led to some puck luck, some bounces going our way."
After a 4-3-1 start, Minneapolis is now 13-3-1, an improvement that has Dziedzic feeling positive about the program's future.
"We're trying to rebuild Minneapolis hockey," said Dziedzic, who has been assisted by former Minneapolis Southwest star Tom Chorske, the 1985 Mr. Hockey winner. "It won't happen overnight, but we're two city kids who took the challenge of trying to show kids that we're serious about making this a competitive program."