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Swanson, Wolverines enjoying better hockey season

Wadena-Deer Creek boys' hockey scoring ace Mitchell Swanson is having himself a great senior year.

Swanson was the third-leading goal scorer in the state before WDC's Jan. 15 game with Fergus Falls, but is now tied for fifth. Tanner Picht of Morris/Benson and Henry Christman of the Minneapolis Novas have 32 goals each, Benilde-St. Margaret's Grant Besse has 30 and Swanson is tied with St. Cloud Apollo's Jared Christen with 29.

Swanson had two goals and one assist in WDC's 8-6 loss to Fergus Falls. Swanson went into Tuesday night's game with Wahpeton/Breckenridge with 41 points (29 goals, 12 assists).

Also, Swanson went wild against Greenway Jan. 4, scoring seven times and adding one assist. This feat, in a 10-5 win over the Raiders, broke school records for goals scored and points in a single game. In a 10-0 win over Ely on Nov. 30, Swanson tied the record of five goals in a single game set by Jeremy Erickson in 1994.

While Swanson is far and away WDC's leading scoring threat, he has enjoyed plenty of help from linemates Bridger Pettit and Christian Berg, who have 20 and 18 assists respectively, and also combined to contribute 14 goals to WDC's offense.

If you do not consider WDC's 6-8 season record especially impressive, it should be noted the Wolverines were still looking for their first victory of the season last year at this point. It also has to be mentioned the Wolverines have only 15 players on their official roster. Certain sports demand a lot of depth, and hockey is one of them. If you do not have it, as WDC Head Coach Chris Holman pointed out before the season began, you just have to work harder for your success.