By Jim den Hollander
John Scott clearly never tires of playing hockey. After wrapping up a solid sophomore season with the RWD varsity hockey team with points in 17 games, Scott has returned to the Blue Devils organization.
This season, the ’05 squad was by invitation only and rather than practicing out of Tomah, the team is heading across the Mississippi River to La Crescent under the tutelage of former NHL pro player Eriah Hayes.
The AAA team took part in the ‘Ultimate Showcase Minnesota’ tournament at the Tria Rink in St. Paul, the practice rink of the Minnesota Wild April 16-18.
He found a familiar face in the lineup when Brady Baldwin, also from RWD was asked to join the team for the weekend with one player absent, observing COVID-19 protocols.
Scott enjoyed a huge weekend and helped power the team to an undefeated weekend with 10 points in five games in the four-team event.
The Blue Devils played twice on both Friday and Saturday and returned for the Championship game on Sunday.
On Friday, the Devils opened play with a 6-1 win against the Midwest Warriors from the Andover, Minn. area
.Scott opened the scoring in the contest with a solo effort and added an assist later in the contest.
Against the Minnesota Enforcers later Friday, Scott added another goal in a 4-3 edge against the Minnesota Enforcers which plays out of several Twin Cities area ice surfaces.
The team wrapped up round robin play early Saturday with a 9-0 whipping of the My Edge National All Stars. Scott led the charge with three more goals and a set up while Baldwin also collected a goal.
Ranked on top after round robin play, the Devils took on the Enforcers who surprisingly gave them the toughest match early, in the semis. This time around, it was a 7-2 win for the Devils who secured a berth in the championship game with the win, thanks in part to Scott who fired the game winner, putting the Devils up 3-0 in the first period.
It was the All Stars again in the championship game, but it was they put up a stronger fight this time around, an early first period goal standing up as the lone score until the third period went the Blue Devils widened thegap. The game winner came about four minutes in and Scott added insurance with his goal a little over six minutes from the final horn.
Not a great camera angle, but this is John Scott jamming home the insurance goal in a 4-1 in the Minnesota Ultimate Showcase AAA Tournament in St. Paul April 18.