by Samantha Lefebvre
Anoka girls’ hockey (17-1) continued its winning streak with a 2-1 victory over Blaine (10-6-1), the streak reaching 13 following the Jan. 10 contest.
No. 3 ranked Anoka put the puck in the net in both the first and second periods, and Blaine came through with a goal in the third period and stayed aggressive to stay on track for one more goal to tie the game, but fell short.
The win avenged the Tornadoes’ only loss of the season, a 3-2 overtime defeat to the same Bengals at Fogerty Arena, Nov. 29.
Tornadoes sophomore forward Blair Parent scored both goals for the Tornadoes.
The first one came halfway through the first period, while the second goal slid into the net about 10 minutes into the second period. Assisting Parent on both goals was junior forward Emilie Brigham and senior captain Katie Johnson as the top Anoka line continued to produce offensively.
Scoring for Blaine was sophomore Kiersten Falck at the beginning of the third period.
Although Blaine lost by one goal, the Bengals outshot the Tornadoes in two of the three periods and by one overall, 27-26.
“We had our opportunities,” Blaine Coach Steve Guider said. “I have to give their goalie [Katie McLain] credit, she did very well and made big saves for them.”
McLain had a total 26 saves, letting only one shot get past her.
As of Jan. 4, Anoka was ranked third in the state for Class 2A following Benilde-St. Margaret’s and Hill-Murray. The Tornadoes next game will be away against Centennial High School Jan. 14 at 3 p.m.
Blaine will travel to Eden Prairie Jan. 12 for a non-conference game at 7 p.m.