Girls’ Hockey update (Nov. 20): Tornadoes continue powerful start

Blaine  4, Elk River 2
The Bengals improved to 3-2 following their Northwest Suburban Conference win at Elk River Tuesday night.

Blaine’s Afton Zebro, left, collects and protects the puck from Elk River’s Samantha Westgaard during Tuesday’s game. Photo by Bill Jones

Kiersten Falck scored twice in the opening period and both on special teams before assisting on Amy Schlagel’s goal late in the third period to secure the win.

Schlagel and Sam Swanstrom set up Falck on a power play goal 4:08 into the game before Falck scored shorthanded at the 11:27 mark to make it 2-0 for the visitors.

Swanstrom scored in the second period for her second point of the game and goalie Courtney Jensrud made 22 saves in the win.

Andover 4, Maple Grove 1
Andover returned the win column after back-to-back losses with a 4-1 Northwest Suburban Conference victory over Maple Grove at the Andover Community Center Tuesday evening.

The Huskies returned to its early-season scoring form, matching a season high goals and put 41 shots on Maple Grove net minder Breanna Blesi.  Andover’s Maddie Rooney made 24 saves to improve to 3-2-0 and took a shutout halfway through the third period before the Crimson capitalized on the powerplay.

Andover found goals from four different players including Paige Dale, Krista Flanagan, Rebecca Voltin and Michelle Holmes. Seven players collected points and Holmes assisted on Dale’s first-period goal to give her two points in the win.

Anoka 4, Centennial 1
After tying Elk River 2-2 in the season opener Nov. 13, Anoka has erupted for 19 goals over its last three games.

Among those was a 10-4 win over Champlin Park in the Northwest Suburban Conference opener Nov. 17.

Anoka exploded for seven goals in the opening period, while outshooting the Rebels 19-4 in the period. Emilie Brigham scored three times in the period, two on the power play and also set up Katie Burkey on the game’s first goal, 21 seconds into the contest. Brigham finished with five points (four goals) and Blair Parent added four points (two goals) in the one-sided win.

The Tornadoes led 4-0 less than five minutes into the game to set the tone and Anoka goalie Molly Scarborough made 19 saves for the win.

Anoka’s offense continued to find goals as it handed Centennial  4-1 loss in Circle Pines Tuesday evening.

The Parent-Brigham-Burkey combination continued to pay off as the trio collected nine points and scored each of Anoka’s four goals. Brigham had three assists and scored midway through the third period for her 13th point in four games.

Scarborough once again started in net for Anoka, making 15 saves to take the win.

North Metro 3, Coon Rapids 2
For the second time in four days, Coon Rapids came out on the wrong end of a 3-2 score. This time North Metro made the Cardinals pay as they dropped to an 0-4 start.

The Cardinals opened the season with back-to-back shutout losses at the hands of Blake (7-0) and Andover (4-0).

Tuesday’s loss shouldn’t concern Coon Rapids fans too much after outshooting the Stars 49-22.

North Metro led 2-0 after the first period and Coon Rapids cut the lead in half when Abby Driste scored at the 10:55 mark with assists from Megan Hackett and Heidi Hannula.

Jane Hannula pulled the Cardinals even with a power play goal at the 7:37 mark of the third period only for North Metro respond with its own power play goal less than two minutes later for the game winner.  The Stars went 2-for-3 on the powerplay while Coon Rapids went 1-for-6.

Coon Rapids goalie Ali Weber made 19 saves in the loss.

Maple Grove eked out a 3-2 conference win in overtime Nov. 17 and outshot the Cardinals 30-21. Similar to Tuesday, the Crimson took a 2-0 lead in the first period including a 1-0 lead 88 seconds into the contest. It doubled the lead on a power play goal 10 minutes later.

Coon Rapids Allie Stalboeger answered on a second-period power play goal at 12:32 with assists from Heidi Hannula and Amber Ammann.

Jane Hannula tied the game 3:08 into the third period with help from Stalboerger and Ammann for the Cardinals.

Maple Grove’s Abby Larson ended the game 5:04 into overtime.

Weber stopped 27 shots in the loss.

Mounds View 6, Spring Lake Park/St. Anthony  0
The Panthers opened the season with a 6-0 shutout loss against what will be a section favorite Mounds View squad at Forgerty Arena.  The Mustangs went 2-for-4 on the power play while Spring Lake Park went 0-for-7 on the player-advantage. Panthers goalie Mackensay Kelly posted 23 saves in the loss.

St. Francis/North Branch 5, Minnehaha Academy 2
After being shutout by Forest Lake 7-0 one week earlier, The Fighting Saints opened their home schedule with a 5-2 win over Minnehaha Academy Nov. 20. St. Francis outshot the Hawks 46-17 as Kailey Wagner had two goals and Maddi Kaehler added two assists for St. Francis. The Saints had eight players factor in the scoring and goalie Dakotah Bullen posted 15 saves for the win.

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