Tony Larson sure seems to be asserting himself nicely in the Clark Cup Playoffs and Finals for the Dubuque Fighting Saints. The 2011-2012 incoming University of Alaska Anchorage Seawolf freshman defenseman and Former Blaine High School power-play quarterback from Ham Lake, Minnesota enjoyed a solid rookie season on the blueline in the USHL for Dubuque The 5ft 10in, 180lbs Larson played in 47 games scoring 2 goals with 10 assists and an overall respectable +4 rating on a team that finished 37-14-9 for the 2nd best record in the league's regular season. His totals were good enough to be the 3rd highest scoring defenseman on the roster.
In his final high school season Tony established himself as puck moving defenseman who was a dependable offensive asset on the power play. But over the course of his rookie USHL season it seems that wasn't a role he was able to take over from established veteran defensemen. However, so far in 10 USHL Clark Cup playoff games Tony has contributed 3 goals and 2 assists to lead Dubuque goal scorers from the blueline.
The Saints are currently facing Green Bay in the best of 5 Clark Cup Finals. They lead the series 2-1 after winning tonight's game 4-2 in what looks like (at least from the boxscore) must have been a fairly greasy last 4 minutes or so with lots of delay of game, roughing and misconduct penalties assessed; Green Bay won the 1st game 3-0 and Dubuque won the 2nd 2-1. Larson scored tonight's game tying goal at 10:12 of the 2nd period and assisted on the 3rd at 11:45 during a minute and thirty-three seconds 3 goal onslaught which overwhelmed the Gamblers.
Joining Tony at UAA this coming season from Dubuque will be current teammate Derek Docken who as a defenseman established a firm presence in the USHL as one of the most responsible and committed defensive players in the league. For a large part of the regular season Derek sat atop the +/- ratings for the entire league.
As a senior at Blaine Tony was teammates with another incoming UAA freshman Eric Scheid who went golfing with his USHL Lincoln teammates in the first round of the playoffs. Scheid had an excellent first season in the USHL as well scoring 15 goals with 21 assists in 57 games.
Larson, Docken and Scheid collectively represent this coming season's "Minnesota contingent" for the Seawolves.