Boys Hockey opener, Nov. 27 recap

Spring Lake Park 4, Henry Sibley 2
Panthers Branadon Richards and Austen Long each had a pair of goals and defenseman Nick Heid added a pair of assists while Spring Lake Park won its season opener at Sibley Thursday night.¬† Long’s second goal came 45 seconds into the third period to secure the win as the Panthers outshot Sibley 26-13. Panthers goalie Brian Jones made 11 saves in the win.

Wayzata 2, Andover 1
Andover visited Wayzata to open its season Thursday night in a Northwest Suburban Conference/Lake Conference cross-over game.

Huskies’ Reece Tullbane scored less than eight minutes into the contest played at the Plymouth Ice Center.

Wayzata’s Matthew Freytag tied the game 3:24 later on the powerplay.

Despite Andover outshooting the Trojans 15-10 through two periods, the score stayed even until midway through the third period when Brian Machut scored the game winner. Wayzata outshot Andover by an 11-4 margin over the final period.

Rogers 3, Anoka 0
Anoka opened the season with a much closer 3-0 loss at Rogers than the final score indicated. The Tornadoes outshot Rogers 12-9 in the first period and 11-6 in the third period. The problem was that Rogers scored three times on six shots in the final period. The Royals scored twice in a span of 2:53 and added a third goal in an empty net in the final minute.

Anoka goalie Robbie Goor made 30 saves in the loss.

The two teams combined to go 0-for-12 on the powerplay, while they shared 54 penalty minutes. ¬†Nine penalties were handed out during the second period. Anoka captain Kristian Manthey was ejected for fighting with Rogers’ Alexander Lorman six minutes into the second period. Anoka’s Dylan Adler received a five-minute boarding major two minutes later.

Robbinsdale Armstrong 9, Legacy Christian Academy 2
Armstrong scored four times in the second and third periods to spoil Legacy’s home and season opener at the Schwan Super Rink in Blaine Thursday night.

Lions forward Brock Thompson scored both goals and Tanner Balk posted 22 saves in the loss.

Armstrong’s Ben Hansen collected six points (four assists) and two others had three points for the Falcons.

Hopkins 2, Coon Rapids 1
Hopkins scored twice inside the opening five minutes of Coon Rapids’ home and season opener Thursday evening and made that lead last.

Coon Rapids’ Sam Naegele put the Cardinals on the scoreboard at the 13:53 mark of the first period, but that was as close as Coon Rapids could get. Hopkins also held a 42-16 shots advantage as Cardinals goalie Justin Ball turned away 40 saves in the loss.

North St. Paul 5, St. Francis 2
The Polars scored four times in the third period to upset St. Francis in its home and season opener in East Bethel Tuesday night.

Saints forward Zach Foesch scored 3:19 into the game for the early lead but North St. Paul tied it up later in the period. That score stood until the Polars exploded for three more goals to lead 4-1 by the 4:02 mark of the final period.

St. Francis’ Tate Blankenship scored to make it 5-2 with an assist from Foesch.

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