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Muehler to man the net at Great Eight

Wadena-Deer Creek senior goalie Tyler Muehler is on his way to the Great Eight after being selected as one of the top goalies in Section 6.

Muehler will be breaking new ground for a WDC hockey player when he played in the tournament March 26-28 in South St. Paul. The Wolverines have never had a goalie selected for the Great Eight.

"It's a great honor and a well-deserved honor," WDC head coach Dan Savoie said. "It shows not only how hard he has worked but also how hard the team has worked."

The Great Eight is a showcase of Minnesota hockey talent that has led to many college and junior hockey team offers for top recruits.

Muehler has been selected to the 2009-2010 Coaches All-Section 6A First Team.

Muehler gave up 101 of the team's 115 goals but stopped 912 of 1,013 shots for a 90 percent save rate. He played 1,175.2 minutes on the ice. Muehler achieved a rarity for a goalie by scoring a power play goal as a forward in a 6-2 victory Jan. 19 over Walker-Hackensack-Akeley.

Joining Muehler on the Section 6A first team were Fergus Falls defenseman Derek Kinder and forward Lucas Gervais, Alexandria defenseman Kirby Nelson and forward Thomas Williams and Detroit Lakes forward Tanner Lane.

Second team selections included Sartell forwards Austin Plaine and Andrew Worzala and defenseman Nick Zierden, Alexandria forward Casey Vangsness and goalie Erich Murphy and Willmar defenseman Paul Schrupp.

Four Sartell players and three Alexandria skaters earned honorable mention. WDC did not have an honorable mention pick.

Coach of the Year honors went to Alexandria's Scott Woods while Assistant Coach of the Year honors went to Pat Forte of Sartell.