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Granite City forward Kothenbeutel impressive in NAHL debut

December 15, 2014
Granite City Lumberjacks and NA3HL forward Travis Kothenbeutel made the most of his recent call up to the NAHL this past weekend.
Kothenbeutel was called up to play for the Austin Bruins in their home game on Friday night against the Minnesota Magicians.  Safe to say that Kothenbeutel did not disappoint in his NAHL debut.
The 17-year-old from Sauk Rapids, Minnesota recorded assists on both Austin goals, including the game-winner, as the Bruins beat the Magicians, 2-1. Kothenbeutel was also +2 win the win. Although he went scoreless the next night, the Bruins managed to pick up a point in an overtime loss at Coulee Region.
Kothenbeutel (5’10/160) is having a career season to date with 24 points in 23 games played. His 18 assists ranked 2nd on the team this season.
In 47 career NA3HL games with Granite City, Kothenbeutel has 44 career points. 
Kothenbeutel joined Granite City during two points of the season last year, before and after the high school season. He was a tender of the Aberdeen Wings last year. 
"Nothing's been given to Travis and he's earned everything along the way," head coach Brad Willner said. "If he didn't earn his spot on our team, he wouldn't be on our team. He brings energy. He just goes all of the time and works, works, works. When he gets knocked down, he just gets back up and keeps on going."
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