by Jason Olson
Feb. 16 boys’ hockey recaps.
Osseo 6, Coon Rapids 4
For the second time in four games Coon Rapids posted four goals, but unlike its 4-2 win against North Metro Feb. 9, the Cardinals came up short against Osseo 6-4, Feb. 16.
Osseo scored three times in the second period to carry a 4-1 lead into the final period before Coon Rapids came roaring back to score three times inside the first 5:49 of the period.
Cardinals senior Brent Johnson scored twice and goalie Patrick Drazkowski posted 26 saves.
Coon Rapids lost for the sixth time in seven games in the back-and-forth game at Coon Rapids Ice Center.
Anoka travels to Coon Rapids to close out the regular season Feb. 18. [smooth=id:524]
No. 15 Andover 5, Champlin Park 1
Andover (17-6-2, 14-4-2) closed out the regular season with its sixth win over the last eight games. The lone loss was a critical Northwest Suburban Conference 5-4 loss to Blaine Feb. 11 as the two teams finished runner-up in the standings to Maple Grove.
The Huskies put 19 shots on goal in the first period at Champlin Park.
Andover’s Calvin Rak had two goals and one assist while Jared McComber added pair of assists. Huskies goalie Chase Perry stopped 32 shots in the win.
Centennial 4, Anoka 3
Three goals in the second period helped propel Centennial past Anoka in a Northwest Suburban Conference game Thursday night. The Tornadoes (8-16-0, 6-13-0) out shot the Cougars 31-28 and scored once in each period in then loss. Anoka took a 2-0 lead on goals by Kyle Thorpe and Hans Gorowsky before Centennial scored three times over the final 8:28 of the second period to pull away. Anoka goalie Robbie Goor made 24 saves in the loss.
Anoka travels to Coon Rapids Saturday afternoon to close out the regular and conference season.
No. 12 Blaine 6, Armstrong 4
Blaine continued to find ways to score in bunches in a 6-4 Northwest Suburban Conference home win against Robbinsdale Armstrong Feb. 16.
Over the last four games, all wins for Blaine, the Bengals have out scored the opposition 20-11.
The two teams entered the third period tied 3-3 before Blaine scored three times before the 10 minute mark of the period. The Bengals used power play goals from Joey Lau and Joey Vogel, 16 seconds apart to pull way for good.
Jesse Norling completed a hat trick to make it 6-3 for Blaine at the 9:38 mark of the period. Dylan Lambert had three assists and Nic Simpson added a pair of assists. Blaine goalie Nick Malvin made 14 saves as the Bengals out shot Armstrong 38-18 and the two teams combined for 53 penalty minutes.
Blaine travels to Centennial to close out the regular season Saturday evening in a game that has implications for the final conference standings. Centennial sits two points behind Andover and Blaine for second place in the Northwest Suburban Conference with 28 points.
Legacy Christian 2, Cambridge-Isanti 1
The Lions (12-10-1, 6-7-1) won for the fourth time in five games Thursday night, defeating Cambridge-Isanti 2-1 in a non-conference game played at the Schwan Super Rink.
Legacy Christian scored twice in the third period to overcome a 1-0 deficit to add its 12th win of the season. Brandon Leier scored 46 seconds into the third period to even the score and Brock Thompson scored the game winner at 8:57.
Lions goalie Nick Stolarczyk had 26 saves.