By: Ken Oda, minotauroshockey.com
Minot, ND – The Minot Minotauros leading scorer Blake Lizotte has committed to play his college hockey for the St. Cloud State University Huskies. Lizotte, still a junior in high school will still play at least one more season of junior before advancing on to college.
Just 36 games into his junior career Lizotte has 39 points on 10 goals and 29 assists. Lizotte’s 29 assists are third all-time for the Tauros and his 39 points are fifth; the young forward is just two points away from passing Jake O’Borsky’s 40 point season and setting a new standard for Tauros skaters.
Tauros Head Coach and General Manager Marty Murray praised Lizotte, “Blake has been outstanding all season for us and his hard work and consistent play have earned him this opportunity with a great program like St. Cloud State.” Assistant Coach Nigel Dube was quick to praise Lizotte both on and off the ice saying “I’m excited for Blake, and the Tauros he’s a special player and person. He’s a team player that has a true passion for the game that was evident from the first time we met him at camp.” Lizotte was equally as effusive of the Tauros coaching staff stating crediting them with helping his development and saying “I really want to thank the entire staff and organization for helping me take this next step.”
Lizotte chose St. Cloud for several reasons, the reputation of the program and staff of course played a part but there was a personal pull as well; both of Lizotte’s parents Mike and Lisa Lizotte attended St. Cloud as well. Lizotte described committing to his parents alma mater “a dream come true.”
Lizotte becomes the eighth Tauro to commit to play NCAA DI hockey since the organization was started play in the 2011/12 season; he is the first to commit to St. Cloud.