Male Area Athlete of the Week: Seeling showing his skills on the ice

Pequot Lakes senior is Male Area Athlete of the Week

Tyler Seeling

Known for his swing on the golf course, Tyler Seeling is showing he has quite the hockey shot, too.

The senior for the Northern Lakes boys hockey team is the Lightning’s eading scorer with 19 goals, including a stretch in January where he scored 11 goals in four games.

Since the New Year, Seeling has scored 15 goals total and dished out four assists. He has the team lead in points with 27.

“He’s kind of an ice-in-his-veins type player,” Northern Lakes head coach Craig Larson said. “He knows what needs to be done out there and he’s going to do whatever he can do in his role to help the team win. He puts the team in the best possible situation to win whether it’s scoring or making a big hit.”

Seeling credits it’s confidence that helps him find the net.


“As soon as I get the puck on my stick, I feel like I can score a goal,” he said. “I feel like early in the season I didn’t really have it, but as soon as you get a couple, you feel you can score every single time.”

He said his success in golf also helps him with his confidence on the ice.

“Just being able to stay in the right mental state and know that it will eventually come around,” he said. “If something goes wrong out there, I can have the right mental state and stay even-keeled.”

Last season, Seeling was third on the team in points with 30 -- 15 goals and 15 assists. He scored a hat trick in the Section 5-1A Final against Monticello which sent Northern Lakes to its first state tournament in program history.

“For me, it’s not about scoring the goals, it’s more about making the team win and going far,” Seeling said. “Hopefully we can get there again and do some damage.”

Seeling said he learned a lot from the 13 seniors of last year’s team which helps him be a better leader.

“I kind of learned from them how to act and how to lead a team,” he said.

This season, Seeling scored six goals in a 8-4 win against Pine City Jan. 4. He then scored two goals against Prairie Centre Jan. 6 and two more goals against Mora/Milaca Jan. 11.


“He’s got good finishing power, which means he can see the open parts of the net,” Larson said. “He picks his head up right before he shoots which is pretty common for guys who are goal scorers — they can see their shot before they shoot it and he does. He has really good hands and the ability to protect well which gives him enough time to shoot.”

He scored at least one goal in every game in January and has tallied three points or more in four of the six games in the month.

“He’s gotten stronger,” Larson said. “He’s gotten more confident in his ability to be a game changer. He’s averaging almost two goals a game right now and he’s picked up where I thought he’d be last year in terms of scoring.”

As a golfer, Seeling doesn’t get to show his aggressive side on the course and he doesn’t really know where his aggressiveness comes from.

“I’ll just say being able to make plays and getting people off the puck by using my body is a little easier,” Seeling said. “My favorite part is the physical aspect because in golf you don’t really get any of that at all.”

Larson said Seeling leads by example and says the right things at the right time.

“He’s got a great personality,” Larson said. “He loves to practice and loves to compete during practice. He likes to work on his craft to help prepare. He questions the right things and challenges me as a coach to make improvements with all my players including himself. He’s a determined young man.”

Other notable performances:
Basketball: Jaxon Janski, Little Falls, scored 23 points against Pierz.
Noah Oberfeld, Pierz, scored 30 points against Little Falls.
Carsen Turk, Crosby-Ironton, scored 21 points against Greenway.
Brandon Greenwaldt, Verndale, scored 20 points against Bertha-Hewitt.
Sam Rysavy, Pequot Lakes, scored 25 points against Little Falls.
Hockey: Cole Woods, Wadena-Deer Creek, has scored at least one goal in six straight games.
Wrestling: Parker Zutter, Road Crew, finished first in the Terry Teiken Invite.
Caleb Ruhl, Road Crew, finished first in the Terry Teiken Invite.
Owen Carlson, Road Crew, finished first in the Terry Teiken Invite.
Brady Ruhl, Road Crew, finished first in the Terry Teiken Invite.
Chance Abraham, Road Crew, finished first in the Terry Teiken Invite.
Connor Tulenchik, Road Crew, finished first in the Terry Teiken Invite.
Austin Staricha, Road Crew, finished first in the Terry Teiken Invite.
Riley Peters, Road Crew, finished first in the Terry Teiken Invite.
Kobi Endres, Wadena-Deer Creek, finished first in the Terry Teiken Invite.


Tyler Seeling
Year: Senior
School: Pequot Lakes
Sport: Hockey
Position: Forward
Highlights: He has scored 11 goals in his last four games.

Started at the Dispatch in June of 2019.
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