Shortreed lauds experience with Blizzard

Lucas Punkari

Following a two-year stint between the pipes for the Fort Frances Lakers, Emo goalie Jameson Shortreed headed south this past season in his continuing quest to play Division I college hockey in the NCAA.
The 19-year-old Shortreed spent the winter plying his trade with the Alexandria Blizzard of the NAHL, where in 18 games played he compiled a 7-5-2 record with a 3.14 goals against average.
“It was a good experience,” Shortreed said.
“The NAHL is a different kind of hockey than it is here locally with the SIJHL,” he noted. “You don’t see as much of that grinding type of game down there, so the biggest thing that I had to get used to at first was the speed of the game there.
“It was a different look at how to play the game.”
Shortreed, who captured the SIJHL’s goalie-of-the-year and rookie-of-the-year accolades during the 2009/10 season, joined the Blizzards following their pre-season training camp last summer—after he originally was noticed at another team’s camp.
“I ended up being invited to the Blizzards’ main camp by the head coach [Doc DelCastillo] after he saw me during my tryout for the [USHL’s] Fargo Force,” he recalled.
“He liked what he saw out of me there, and things went well for me at the tryouts for the Blizzard and I was able to make the roster.”
Playing a back-up role behind Quinnipiac University recruit Jacob Meyers, Shortreed made 18 appearances (14 of them starts) this season, with his best showing being a 35-save shutout performance in a 4-0 road win over the Coulee Region Chill back in November.
“I wouldn’t say that this year was the best hockey that I played, but I think that I was pretty solid,” Shortreed said.
“What I liked the most about my play this year was my ability to be quick in the crease and how I was able to battle for the loose pucks,” he added.
“But I also felt that I could have been a little bit better on my rebound control.”
Unfortunately for Shortreed, his season came to an early end March 10 when he suffered a separated left shoulder during the second period of a 4-1 win over the Aberdeen Wings.
“I went down to cover the puck during a play in front of the net and another player came in there and fell, which led to me tweaking my shoulder a bit funny,” he noted.
Having to miss the final month of the regular season, Shortreed watched from the stands as the Blizzard finished in second place in the Central Division with a 40-15-5 record.
“It was a pretty good season for the team as we set a franchise record in wins and we were right behind Bismarck [Bobcats] in the final standings,” said Shortreed.
“But unfortunately in the playoffs, we got knocked out . . . in the first round by the Austin Bruins in four games in a best-of-five series, so that stung quite a bit,” he sighed.
Looking to next season, Shortreed is hoping to return to the Blizzard. But he also is keeping his options open.
“I’m hoping to have a few tryouts in the USHL with the Fargo Force and maybe a couple of other teams,” he noted.
“But if nothing happens from there, I’ll head back to the Blizzard and continue to work on my goal of playing in Division I.”
If Shortreed does return to the Blizzard next season, he will be playing in a different city as the franchise is moving from Alexandria, Mn. to Brookings, S.D.