by Jason Olson
Several area teams were in action Jan. 10-12 as we recap a few of the games.
Blaine 59, Forest Lake 50
Blaine used a 15-point halftime lead to its advantage during the second half of its game against section foe Forest Lake Jan. 12. The two sides combined to shoot 59 free throws as Blaine shot 20-of-26 while Forest Lake hit 22-of-31.
The Rangers cut Blaine’s lead to 56-50 with 58 seconds left before Blaine guard Trent Hensler made two free throws and Ryun Hobbs made another for the final score.
Blaine senior guard Tanner Schumacher had 20 points on 5-of-9 three pointers and senior forward Josh Limberg added 15 points. Forest Lake’s Anthony Tyler led the visitors with 15 points, including 12-of-17 from the line.
Anoka 74, Andover 73
Anoka (4-8) ended its four game losing skid with a dramatic 74-73 overtime win to keep Andover winless (0-10) following the rivalry and Northwest Suburban Conference game.
The Tornadoes led by three points at the half and held a 6-5 edge in overtime for the win. Andover put up a season-high points but couldn’t make a final shot in the one-possession loss.
Anoka’s Marcus Tyus had a game-high 28 points as Mike Wilkerson and Tony Pederson had 15 and 14 points, respectively.
The Huskies had five players score in double figures, led by Devon Fellerman with 22 points.
Champlin Park 69, Coon Rapids 68
Omot Okwan had a game-high 24 points and senior guard Pierre Roddy had 23 points while Coon Rapids (1-6, 4-6) came up one point short in a 69-68 home loss to Northwest Suburban Conference rival Champlin Park Jan. 12.
The Rebels led by four at the break as Coon Rapids bid for the come-from-behind win fell one basket short as they out scored the Rebels 34-31 in the second half.
The narrow loss comes two days after Coon Rapids came out on the losing end of a 95-44 score to Park Center.
Spring Lake Park 84, Totino-Grace 69
Spring Lake Park won its sixth game in a row, this time at North Suburban Conference Totino-Grace Jan. 10. The Panthers led by six points at the half and outgunned the Eagles 48-39 in the second half for the key win. Guard Sean Scott had 30 points while Bryce Williams and Robert Ben each had 18 points.
PACT 79, Heritage 75
PACT regained its winning form in a 79-75 win over Heritage Christian Academy Jan. 12.
The win was marked by Panthers senior Drew Zieroth who had a career and program high 39 points while Danny Nelson added 20 points for PACT’s first ever Minnesota Christian Athletic Association win.
Andover 6, Champlin 1
The Huskies (9-5) continued to put a 7-6 loss to Blaine behind them (Jan. 5) as they won consecutive blowouts. Andover began the week with an 8-1 win over Coon Rapids, Jan. 7 before handing Champlina 6-1 defeat to set up a key home game against Elk River Jan. 14.
Andover senior captain Tyler Jokinen jumpstarted the party with the game’s first goal 28 seconds into the first period. The Huskies leading scorer Calvin Rak set up the only goal of the first period. Three power play goals in a span of 3:41 propelled Andover to a 4-0 lead as Brady Barthold, Rak and Tyler Vold scored in the middle period.
Andover out shot Champlin Park 19-10 in the period and 38-31 in the game.
Barthold assisted on both third period goals to give him a three-point evening to bring his season total to 20 points, tying Christian Mohs and one point behind Nick Manney and Rak.
Andover sophomore goalie Chase Perry made 30 saves to improve to 9-5-0 with a 2.81 goals against average and a .909 saves percentage.
Centennial 4, Anoka 1
The Tornadoes (3-11) were held to one goal in consecutive games as No. 16 Centennial won 4-1 Northwest Suburban Conference contest Jan. 12. Anoka’s Tyler Hong scored 1:52 into the contest but that was all the offense the home team could produce in the loss which saw 40 minutes of penalties in the game.
Two days earlier it was top-ranked Duluth East who handed the Tornadoes a 6-1 loss in Duluth. Andrew Herlofsky scored the lone Anoka goal 12:28 into the third period with the assist from Hong and goalie Robbie Goor made 33 saves in the loss. Anoka’s offense put 16 shots on Greyhounds goalie Paige Skoog.
Blaine 6, Armstrong 1
No. 12 ranked Blaine (8-1, 10-4) remained solidly in second place of the Northwest Suburban Conference standings following a 6-1 win at Robbinsdale Armstrong Jan. 12.
Jack Micek scored at 1:18 and 2:51 into the first period with assists from Mac Nadeau and Alex Cope before Joey Lau made it 3-0 at the 5:52 mark.
Michael Brodzinski picked up a goal and assist as he and Tyler Cline set up Dylan Lambert for a power play goal midway through the third period. Cline had two assists in the game. Blaine’s Dallas Gerads scored to make it 5-0 at the 7:16 mark of the third period and goalie Nick Malvin posted 16 saves in the win and Blaine put 47 shots on the Falcons netminder Grant Mathiason.
Osseo 6, Coon Rapids 3
Coon Rapids (4-9-1, 0-6-1) couldn’t stay with Osseo in a 6-3 Northwest Suburban Conference game Jan. 12. Both sides put pressure on the goalies with the edge going toward the Orioles 33-27 in shots on net.
Coon Rapids senior defenseman Aleksi Mustaniemi gave the visitors an early 1-0 lead with a power play goal just 3:52 into the gmae. Osseo’s Bret Moody scored twice in a span of 54 seconds and completed the hat trick with a third period goal. He also assisted on one goal. Coon Rapids’ Bobby Smith scored 4:41 into the second period and Jake Bruner scored the Cardinals third goal at the 15:53 mark of the third period.
Coon Rapids’ Austin Berg started in net and made 27 saves in the loss.
Elk River 8, St. Francis 0
No. 14 ranked Elk River handed St. Francis its second loss of the week with an 8-0 loss Jan. 12 to fall to 4-10 overall.
Legacy 2, North Branch 2
Legacy Christian (6-5) continued its Two Rivers Conference schedule with a 2-2 tie against North Branch at Schwan Center Jan. 12.
The Vikings scored first, 1:55 into the game before Legacy’s Nolan Bloyer’s goal at 3:24 pulled even with an assist from Ike Larson.
North Branch converted a power play chance less than seven minutes into the third period only to the Lions respond with its own power play goal, this time off the stick of Tyler Arenz with assists going to Bloyer and Sam Asfahl.
North Brach took three penalties in overtime but Legacy couldn’t produce a goal, despite the Lions out shooting North Branch 36-12 in the game.
St. Francis/North Branch 2, St. Louis Park 1 (OT)
Afton Douville scored 7:26 into overtime as St. Francis (1-5, 3-15) picked up a North Suburban Conference win at St. Louis Park Thursday night. The Orioles took the early lead 6:29 into the contest before Fighting Saints’ Maddie Kaehler pounded home the game-tying goal at the 7:38 mark of the middle period with assist going to Kalley Wagner and Emily Swanson. St. Francis goalie Dakotah Bullen made 25 saves in the win which boosts St. Francis to 2-1-2 over its last six games.
St. Francis dropped a 3-0 decision to Spring Lake Park Jan. 10 with goals from Rochelle Perzel, Maggie Ronning and a third-period short hander from leading scorer Karissa Thompson. Thompson scored her 12th goal of the season, first in three games and leads the team with 17 points.
Panthers goalie Mckensay Kelly made 20 saves for the shutout victory.
Elk River 4, Coon Rapids 1
The Cardinals fell to 0-1-3 over its last four games which included a 4-1 loss to Elk River Jan. 10 as Jane Hannula scored the lone Cardinals goal 2:35 into the second period. By that time the Elks still led 2-1 before adding late goals in the second and third periods for the final tally. Coon Rapids outshot the Elks 12-8 in the final period after being out shot 21-13 over the first two periods.
Coon Rapids has two goals in the three losses while the lone tie was a 3-3 score against Centennial.