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November 17, 2011

Mavericks' Dorr, Mueller rekindle old magic

Roseville pair put on Minnesota State hockey's top line

MANKATO — Adam Mueller and Michael Dorr grew up about a mile and a half from each other on the same street in Roseville. Eventually, that road led both of them to Minnesota State University to play hockey.
The two seniors forwards have been friends and, with the exception of a couple of seasons, teammates since their days playing youth hockey.
“Since peewees or squirts,” Mueller said.
It was back when they were young kids that Mueller and Dorr started playing on the same forward line together. Using their speed, they quickly developed a knack for knowing where the other one was and racked up a mess of goals and assists.
“You just kind of knew where the other one is going to be,” Mueller said.
That lasted into high school and during the 2006-07 season — when Dorr was a senior and Mueller was a junior — they compiled 59 goals and 68 assists, playing together much of the time.
The next year, Dorr went on to play junior hockey and was off to the University of Minnesota after that. After Mueller finished his final season at Roseville High, he went straight to Minnesota State.
They were reunited as teammates again in 2009-10 after Dorr transferred to MSU. However, until the last couple of weeks, they haven’t been on the same line very much at all. Dorr has been a first-line winger, while Mueller often has been an energy-line player and found a niche as a penalty killer.
“Part of it was our injuries,” Mavericks coach Troy Jutting said of the reason he moved Mueller up to the top line four games ago, “plus the fact that we needed to develop some chemistry because of the injuries.
“They’ve spent some time together. There’s some ready-made chemistry there.”
Better late than never, Mueller said.
“Obviously, I’ve wanted it like that forever,” he said. “But now it’s like, ‘Let’s do this.’ I hope we can get some scoring going.”
Playing with junior center Eli Zuck, Mueller and Dorr have each have a goal with the other one assisting over the last three games. Dorr scored on a breakaway in a Nov. 5 win at Michigan Tech, and Mueller finished off a pretty short-handed rush against St. Cloud State on Saturday.
“It’s kind of fun,” Dorr said. “We’re getting chances and playing well.”
Besides the two goals, the pair also as created several other scoring chances and has lamented not finishing them off with goals. They hope they’re able to cash in on a few more this weekend at No. 8 Minnesota Duluth today and Saturday.
“Hopefully, we keep playing together and make a run,” Mueller said.

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