Rebels’ Josh Cisar leads state in scoringJosh Cisar has lit up Northern Minnesota goaltenders for 68 points in his team’s first 19 games with 43 goals, including one Tuesday night in a 6-2 Northern Lakes Conference loss to conference-leader WSFLG, to go along with 25 assists.
By: Jeff Papas, Pine Journal
He’s the state’s leading scorer, just ahead of his brother.
But to Moose Lake Area senior Josh Cisar, the team always comes first.
Cisar has lit up Northern Minnesota goaltenders for 68 points in his team’s first 19 games with 43 goals, including one Tuesday night in a 6-2 Northern Lakes Conference loss to conference-leader WSFLG, to go along with 25 assists.
He leads his brother Tyler (34/27/61) by seven points in the state scoring race, with Duluth Marshall’s Judd Peterson third by three points. Jake Cisar (9-14-23) has also made a solid contribution to this year’s team.
“The season started out way better than the second half has,” Josh Cisar said. “We started out with a lot of points and our goal with Tyler was for us each to score 100.”
But that hasn’t worked out, with Tyler Cisar being held off the board in three of the Rebels’ last four games. That’s a tribute to how well the two work together – which can be little short of magical.
“They work very well together, but they can still get better,” Rebels Coach Josh Gamst said. “Josh has been so good, though, he works so hard at everything – games, practices, you name it.”
“We haven’t won as much as we would have liked this year,” Gamst added, “but with Josh, what you see is a complete player, with good hands and speed and a tireless worker.”
Yet, for Josh it’s all about the team.
“We do score a lot, Tyler and I, but I’m happy to contribute to the team’s win,” Josh said. “That means working hard every day and every game.”
His on-ice relationship with his brother is, as you might expect, ESP on ice.
“We always know where the other is,” Josh said. “We’ve been skating together for years, we have a bond out there, and we know we can rely on the other one to score when they have the puck.”
“We just try to stay confident and think we are the best ones out there,” he added. “We are confident our shots will go in the net, we shoot for the open hole, and most of the time it goes in.”
Cisar is being recruited by UMD for football, but says both he and his brother may try out for junior hockey teams next year.
“I like football, but I definitely like hockey better,” Josh said. “It’s my passion.”
“Josh is a better hockey player, I think,” he said. “He has more of a future in hockey. Football is a rough game, you get banged up, but I think hockey is where his passion is.”
Hockey is a passion around the Cisar family’s dinner table, where Josh, Tyler and freshman sister Karina (4/3/7 for the Moose Lake Area girls team) talk hockey and virtually nothing else.
“Never anything but hockey at the dinner table,” Josh said. “My parents (Rick and Karen) are supportive and my dad is at every one of our games. My mom splits time with the girls and I don’t get to see Karina play very much.”
Josh notes the support from the Moose Lake community is a big help.
“It’s great to see all the support we get from our fans and alumni every game,” he said. “I’m grateful for the support they show in all our sports. All the alumni and parents get out there and support us.”