Questions were being asked of Logan Ness and he answered them in relative ease.
His answers following Moorhead’s 4-0 upset over Eagan in the semifinal round of the Minnesota state hockey tournament were short. It led to Moorhead coach Dave Morinville cracking a smile and letting everyone in the press know Ness isn’t the biggest talker.
Good thing his linemates – Bryant Christian and Aaron Herdt – are talkers.
“There have been things we’ve seen from Logan in practice that have just been like, ‘Wow’,” said Christian, who had a goal and two assists against Eagan. “We’ve been waiting to see that from him in a game and now we are seeing it.”
Moorhead goaltender Michael Bitzer might have had the performance of the tournament to this point stopping 34 shots against a team with four Division I commits.
But it has been Ness, who has been Moorhead’s most consistent forward and to a degree, most clutch.
Ness scored his team’s second and third goals grabbing an assist on Christian’s goal, which was the fourth goal of the game.
“I think the biggest thing is he has such a heavy shot,” Christian said. “He’s able to shoot it from angles a goalie wouldn’t expect and he’s able to put in areas where the goalie cannot get to it.”
Herdt, a sophomore, added Ness’ other strength is being able to find open ice and get in an area where he can really make his mark.
Ness’ two goals came on plays where he was able to find open ice and do the most with the real estate he had. His first goal was on the power play and Christian fed him a smooth centering pass and Ness, who was at the base of the net, knocked it in for a 2-0 lead in the third
His second goal was the culmination of everything Herdt and Christian said about their linemate. Moorhead was in its end and when it got the puck, Ness started skating towards Eagan’s zone and was the beneficiary of a cross-ice pass resulting in a breakaway.”
Ness, at full speed, fired a shot on net leaving Eagan goaltender Christian Butler helplesss for a 3-0 lead pretty much assuring a victory.
“Take that breakway goal he had,” Herdt said. “He got a really nice pass and then when it was Logan’s turn, he buried it.”
Ness has really commandeered defenses these playoffs striking at the most opportunistic times.
He roared into the postseason with a five-goal game against Monticello-Annandale-Maple Lake in the Section 8AA quarterfinals. Ness was quiet against Roseau in the section semifinal but got hot again in the section final against Brainerd scoring the game-winning goal.
Then of course came the two-goal performance against Eagan making many wonder what could be next.
Because after all, Ness is more.
“I don’t really think it matters who we play,” Herdt said. “Logan doesn’t care. He’s just going to go out there and do it.”