by Jason Olson
Boys’ Hockey recaps from Jan. 5-7.
Andover rebounded from a 7-6 loss to Blaine two days earlier with an 8-1 win at Coon Rapids Jan. 7.
Andover’s Brady Barthold collected a hat trick, while Jared McComber and Nick Manney each added three points (two assists) as the offense exploded for five goals in the third period for the Northwest Suburban Conference win. Six different Huskies scored and four more added assists.
The Huskies outshot Coon Rapids 33-17, including a 12-4 margin in the third period.
Coon Rapids senior defenseman Aleksi Mustaniemi scored a power play goal 3:40 into the second period with the assist going to Alex Wojceichowski.
Anoka (3-9) gave up two goals in the third period in a 5-4 loss to Robbinsdale Armstrong in a Northwest Suburban Conference game at the Anoka Ice Center Jan. 5.
Tyler Hong scored twice in the first period as the Tornadoes led 3-2 at the first break and 4-3 heading into the third period.
Kyle Thorpe and Chase West each had two assists for Anoka, while goalie Nick Cameron posted 27 saves in the loss.
Champlin Park handed Anoka a 4-2 loss two days later at the Champlin Ice Center. Once again a poor third period by the Tornadoes translated into two Rebels goals for the win.
Anoka outshot Champlin Park 35-24, but couldn’t solve Rebels goalie Tyler Nelson more than twice.
Hong scored both Anoka goals in the second period to give him a team-high eight goals and 13 points this season.
After winning at Andover 7-6 on Jan. 5, 10th-ranked Blaine returned home to face Wayzata Jan. 7 in the Lake Conference versus Northwest Suburban Conference game but Blaine dropped a 4-1 decision to the No. 12 ranked Trojans. Wayzata used three power play goals to pass the Bengals.
Spring Lake Park
Spring Lake Park fell to 3-8 following a 4-3 loss at Simley Jan. 5. Spring Lake Park’s Gage Rickenbach opened with a goal at the 9:06 mark of the first period before the Spartans scored three unanswered goals. Panthers forward Jake Matthys converted a power play chance at the 13:50 mark of the second period to pull within one goal of Simley before the third period.
Matthys scored his second goal of the game at the 14:05 mark of the third period to tie the game 3-3 only to have Simley convert a power play chance 1:45 later in what was the game-winner.
Panthers goalie Brandon Jones made 19 saves in the loss.
Cambridge-Isanti visited Spring Lake Park two days later and came away with a 6-2 win over the Panthers at Fogerty Arena.
The Panthers scored twice in the second period on goals by Brandon Reimann, while Jones made 26 saves in the loss.
St. Francis extended its winning streak to two games following a 4-1 win over Mora Jan. 3 and a 4-3 win at Chisago Lakes Jan. 6 in a North Suburban Conference game.
The Fighting Saints dumped the Wildcats when Kyle Wagner scored his second goal of the game at the 3:46 mark of the third period. The power play goal was set up by Aaron Folk and CAmeron Kaehler. Goalie Darion Hanson posted 24 saves in the win.
Legacy Christian celebrated Homecoming with its second win over Moose Lake in eight days Jan. 7. Legacy won the Two Rivers Conference game 7-3, despite being outshot 27-20.
The Lions came back from a 1-0 deficit with goals by Tyler Arnez and Brock Thompson. The two added third period goals secured the win. Zack
Cole had a goal and two assist, while Dan Olufson, and Matt Larson each had two assists. Legacy goalie Nick Stolarczyk made 24 saves in the win. [smooth=id:454]