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Girls' hockey preview: Twenty players to watch

By Star Tribune, 11/16/15, 9:39PM CST

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Here's some of the most talented girls' hockey players to watch this season.

20 METRO PLAYERS TO WATCH

(All players are seniors unless indicated)

 

Paige Beebe, jr., F, Blaine

Tallied 23 goals during the Bengals’ state tournament run.

 

Lauren Bench, G, Burnsville

Great size allows her to fill up the net. Athletic ability helps her make big saves.

 

Breanna Blesi, jr., G, Maple Grove

Part of a strong goaltending tandem. Won starting job in the playoffs last season.

 

Grace Bowlby, jr., D, Edina

Draws raves for her skating. Key to the Hornets’ state tournament hopes.

 

Sydney Brodt, F, Mounds View

Catalyst of the Mustangs’ attack. Headed to Minnesota Duluth.

 

Emily Brown, jr., D, Blaine

Stay-at-home defenseman verbally committed to the Gophers.

 

Carly Bullock, F, Blake

Scored 49 goals for the Bears last winter.

 

Abby Halluska, F, Buffalo

Led Bison, 2015 state tournament qualifiers, with 29 goals.

 

Natalie Heising, jr., F, Wayzata

Turned heads with a strong fall league performance.

 

Crystalyn Hengler, soph., D, Eden Prairie

Punishing defender who can spark the offense from the blue line.

 

Gabbie Hughes, soph., F, Centennial

Ranks near the top of a talented 2018 class.

 

Presley Norby, F, Minnetonka

Only high school player on U.S. national team that won the recent Four Nations Cup championship.

 

Emily Oden, soph., F, Edina

Member of the 2015 U.S. Women’s Under-18 Select Team.

 

Kenzie Prater, D, Hill-Murray

Versatile player can also hurt opponents as a forward.

 

Kiki Radke, F, Hastings

Committed to Bemidji State, inspires teammates with her work ethic.

 

Allison Roethke, D, Buffalo

Solid defender who can jump up into the attack.

 

Natalie Snodgrass, jr., F, Eastview

Connecticut-bound forward pumped 33 goals into the offense last season.

 

Mekenzie Steffen, D, Hill-Murray

Leader for two-time defending state champions. Committed to Wisconsin.

 

Taylor Wente, jr., F, Maple Grove

Skills plus high hockey IQ equals difference-maker.

Grace Zumwinkle, jr., F, Breck

Tallied 64 points as a sophomore last season.

DAVID La VAQUE

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