Girls Hockey recap Jan. 14-19

by Jason Olson
Sports Editor

After tying Centennial 2-2 Jan. 14, No. 2 ranked Anoka regained its dominant form to outscore the opposition 10-3 in wins over Champlin Park (5-2, Jan. 17) and Buffalo (5-1, Jan. 19).

Tuesday’s win over the neighboring Rebels was close for two periods as the Tornadoes took a 2-1 lead into the second intermission before a three-goal third period for the final 5-2 score.

Champlin Park tied the game 6:48 into the third period before Katie Johnson scored twice in the third period to go with her first period tally for her second hat trick of the season (first came in a 5-1 win at Rogers Nov. 15).

The top line of Johnson, Emilie Brigham and Blair Parent accounted for 10 points to boost its season points total for the line to a whopping 135 points.
Brigham and Parent each had three points with two assists.

Anoka goalie Katie McLain posted 15 saves to improve to 18-1-1 with a 1.63 goals against average with a .937 saves percentage.

Andover won its sixth game in a row as they scored three times in the second period to top rival Blaine 4-2 Jan. 17.

Four different players scored for the Huskies including Ellie Haskins, Abbie Turpin, Paige Dale and Mikayla Goodin. Another four different players picked up the assists in what was a team win.

Sam Swanstrom and Katie Swanstrom picked up their 14th and ninth goals of the season, respectively as the team fell to 10-7-3 overall.

Blaine completed a tough week with a 3-0 loss at Centennial Jan. 19 to drop to 0-2-3 over its last five games. Blaine’s last win came in an 8-2 win over North Metro Jan. 7.

Coon Rapids
The Cardinals snapped a five game losing streak Jan. 17 as they downed North Metro 3-0 for its second shutout of the season and first win of 2012.
Tori Buckley had two assists while Emily Tronson, Jane Hannulaand Chelsea Cyert scored for Coon Rapids who put 47 shots on the Stars goal. Cardinals goalie Ali Weber made 19 saves in the win.

St. Francis/North Branch
After handing St. Louis Park a 2-1 overtime loss Jan. 12, the Saints dropped back-to-back games including an 8-1 loss to North Suburban Conference foe Irondale Jan. 13 followed by a 5-4 loss at Bloomington Kennedy Jan. 17.

Tuesday’s loss at the Bloomington Ice Garden featured 54 shots on goal as the Saints came out strong with a 12-5 shots lead in the first period before the Eagles won the shots battle in the second period 14-6 and led 4-3 heading into the third period. St. Francis outshot Kennedy 10-7 in the third period as each team scored once. St. Francis’s Jessica St. Marie scored a power play goal at the 10:06 mark of the third period to cut the lead to one, but that was as close as they would get.

Erynn Downey led the Saints with one goal and assist as goalie Dakotah Bullen made 21 saves in the loss.

Spring Lake Park
The Panthers blew out St. Louis Park 7-0 at Forgerty Arena Jan. 14 before succumbing to Irondale in a 3-0 shutout Jan. 17.

The North Suburban Conference win Saturday included two goals and one assist by Maggie Ronning while Maddy Wallraff had three assists and one goal. Karissa Thompson and Kelly Morris had two points each (one goal).

Panthers goalie Mackensay Kelly had 30 saves in the loss to Irondale.

Area girls’ hockey recap and state coaches association rankings, released Jan. 18.
Class AA as of Jan. 18
1. Benilde-St. Margaret’s
2. Anoka
3. Minnetonka
4. Hill-Murray
5. Roseville Area
6. Edina
7. Elk River/Zimmerman
8. White Bear Lake
9. Lakeville South
10. Eagan

Class A
1. Breck
2. Warroad
3. South St. Paul
4. Thief River Falls
5. Orono
6. Blake
7. Mound-Westonka
8. Red Wing
9. Chisago Lakes
10. Rogers