by Jason Olson
The Huskies (9-3-0, 13-3-1) began 2012 with back-to-back shutouts against Champlin Park (1-0, Jan. 3) and Elk River/Zimmerman (2-0, Jan. 5) before handing Coon Rapids a 3-1 loss Jan. 7 to make it four straight wins for the Huskies.
Senior goalie Madison Denny (10-5-0) has four shutouts this season, three since a 5-0 win over North Metro (0-12-0, 2-17-0) Dec. 17 with a slim 1.02 goals against average and a .952 saves percentage. She’s given up more than two goals once in 15 games and has stopped 105-of-107 shots during the four game winning streak.
Andover sophomore Mikayla Goodin scored a second period goal in a 1-0 win at Champlin to kick off the 2012 portion of the schedule on a high note Jan. 3. The Huskies out shot the Rebels 33-30 at the Champlin Ice Forum as Denny posted the shutout.
Elk River/Zimmerman was next on the three-game road trip for the Huskies in game between the current second (Elks) and third (Huskies) place teams in the Northwest Suburban Conference standings.
Andover came away with a 2-0 win as Goodin, the Huskies’ leading scorer, accounted for both goals against the Elks, despite being out shot 24-22. Rebecca Voltin assisted on both goals with McKenzie Aguilar and Hannah Trom also assisting. Goodin scored 16 seconds into the game and made it 2-0 at the 14:13 mark of the third period.
Goodin scored her 16th goal of the season in the second period as the Huskies downed Coon Rapids 3-1 Jan. 7. Goodin set up Sierra Langlie for a second period power play goal to make it 2-0 for the visitors before she converted her own goal with 44 seconds left in the period. Andover out shot the Cardinals 16-6 in the period.
Coon Rapids (3-7-0, 5-12-0) solved the Andover defense and Denny late in the third period as Heidi Hannula scored at the 12:57 mark with assists going to Addie Rust and Tori Buckley. Cardinals goalie Ali Weber made 23 saves in the Northwest Suburban Conference loss.
The Cardinals lost for the sixth time in seven games, including both games of 2012. They began the new year with a 4-3 overtime loss to Centennial Jan. 3 in its first overtime game of the season.
Rust took a penalty 29 seconds into overtime and Centennial took advantage of the situation scoring 1:31 later after the Cardinals led 3-1 midway through the second period.
Amber Ammann put Coon Rapids up 1-0 at the 8:51 mark of the first period and that stood until the 16:12 mark as the Cougars pulled even, just before intermission.
Jane Hannula took the lead back for the Cardinals scoring 11 seconds into the middle period and teammate Tori Buckley made it 3-1 at the 7:03 mark.
The Bengals opened 2012 with a 5-1 loss to one of the co-conference leaders Elk River/Zimmerman 5-1, Jan. 3.
The Elks’ Jonna Curtis had a hat trick while Bengals goalie Tara Hoverstad posted 32 saves in the loss.
Special teams proved to be the difference as the Elks converted on 3-of-7 power plays while Blaine went 0-for-3 in its chances.
Kiersten Falck scored the Bengals’ lone goal at the 4:20 mark of the third period with an assist from Brittany Palmer to make it 2-1. The Elks scored three times, including twice on the power play in a span of five minutes. Curtis scored 2:50 apart before the 15:35 mark of the third period for the final score.
The Elks came out strong in the first period, out shooting Blaine 17-8.
Blaine followed the loss with an 8-2 win over North Metro at Fogerty Arena Jan. 7. It was the Bengals’ second win over the Stars in eight days. The two teams squared off in the finale at the Mid-Winter Meltdown in Eden Prairie with Blaine winning 2-1.
The Jan. 7 contest featured a five-goal second period by the Bengals as they out shot the Stars 56-21 in the contest to remain winless in the Northwest Suburban Conference.
Falck had a huge game to boost her team-high points total to 25 with a six-point effort Saturday night. She collected a hat trick by the 12:41 mark of the second period.
Sam Swanstrom had three points (two assists) and Katie Swanstrom scored twice. Five different players scored a goal and three more added assists. Erin Harper had two assists and Birttany Palmer added two points (one goal) while Hoverstad made 19 saves.
The third-ranked Tornadoes pushed its winning streak to 12 games following a 3-2 overtime win over Robbinsdale Armstrong/Cooper Jan. 7.
Anoka captain Katie Johnson was the difference as she gave the visitors a 1-0 lead in the first period, assisted on lineman Emilie Brigham’s third period goal which tied at game at the 8:54 mark of the period and scored the game-winner in overtime. Blair Parent was credited with the OT assist while Tornadoes goalie Katie McLain made 26 saves in the win.
Anoka began the new year with a 7-1 win over North Metro Jan. 3 which marked the one month anniversary since they began the current winning streak (3-2 win over Centennial, Dec. 3). A scoreless first period gave way to a three-goal second period and four-goal, third period while the Tornadoes out shot North Metro 62-18 in the game.
Anoka had six different players score as Blair Parent scored twice and Emilie Brigham had three assists. Katie Johnson and Cassandra DeBoer added two assists each and Karin Larson had one goal and one assist.
Spring Lake Park
The Panthers went 1-1-1 during the first week of 2012 as they began with a 5-5 tie at North St. Paul Jan. 3.
Spring Lake Park came back from down 2-0 in the second period with three goals from Kim Patterson, Miranda Mulvihill and Taylor Turnquist in a span of 5:04. The Polars scored another pair of goals to open the third period before the Panthers answered with two of its own goals from Karissa Thomson and Taylor Patterson. North St. Paul tied the game with 14 seconds left in regulation and neither team scored in the eight minute overtime session.
Spring Lake Park goalie Mackensay Kelly posted 27 saves in the tie.
Two nights later the Panthers scored a 2-1 win over North Suburban Conference rival Totino-Grace at Fogerty Arena. Spring Lake Park scored in the first and third periods on goals by Kelly Morris and Mulvihill. Kelly posted 25 saves for the win.
Two days later the Panthers traveled to St. Louis Park for another conference rivalry game where they faced top-ranked (Class AA) Benilde-St. Margaret’s. Spring Lake Park came away with a 12-1 loss and were out shot 50-14. Maggie Ronning scored the lone Panthers goal which came at the 13:52 mark of the second period. Spring Lake Park went 0-for-5 on the power play.
St. Francis/North Branch
The Saints began 2012 with a 2-2 tie at Cambridge-Isanti before falling at Totino-Grace on back-to-back days, Jan. 6-7.
Two power play goals early in the third period by Katie Sigfrinius and Danae Douville tied the game, then took a 2-1 lead which stood until 1:10 was left in regulation when the Bluejackets pulled even for the final total.
St. Francis goalie Kendra Barck made 44 saves to settle for the tie.
Sigfrinius scored the lone Saints goal in the 5-1 loss to Totino-Grace Jan. 7 as St. Francis goalie Dakotah Bullen made 29 saves in the loss.