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Tigers put four players on all-MBC hockey team

The Middle Border Conference champion New Richmond boys hockey team had four players receive All-Middle Border Conference honors for the 2007-08 season.

Somerset, which tied with Amery for third place in the conference standings, had two players named to the all-MBC first team. The Spartans also had three players receive honorable mention all-conference status.

New Richmond's three leading scorers all were named to the all-conference team. Seniors Aaron Pflueger, Dan Shilts and Calvin Hanson were the top three scorers for the Tigers and all three were selected to the all-MBC first team. Pflueger led the team in assists and points and was known as one of the most aggressive forecheckers in the area. Shilts was the team's top goal scorer, on a team that was in need of players who could put the puck in the net. Hanson, who split the season between defense and forward, gave the team a needed offensive boost with his move to forward late in the season.

Tiger junior goaltender Tanner Milliron was the top goalie in the MBC again this season. Milliron had a 5-1 record in MBC games. Milliron and Pflueger are repeat all-MBC selections. Pflueger also was a second team selection as a sophomore.

Somerset is represented on the all-MBC first team by seniors Jeff Burke and John Galbraith. Galbraith was the Spartans' leading scorer after shifting from defenseman to forward early in the season.

Burke endured a season filled with illness and injuries. Yet the respect for him is such that the MBC coaches still voted him onto the all-MBC first team. He was also a first team choice last season. Burke also was the only Middle Border Conference player to receive all-state status.

Receiving honorable mention all-conference status for the Spartans were senior Eric Schleusner, sophomore Mitchell Benson and freshman Dylan Rivard.

Schleusner is an honorable mention selection for the second straight season. He ranked second on the team in scoring and led the team in assists as a play-making defenseman.

Benson was the most productive of the numerous young players in the Spartan lineup this season. He finished third on the team in scoring as a sophomore.

Rivard emerged as a top quality goaltender as a freshman for the Spartans. His play solidified the biggest question mark the Spartans had heading into the season.