Several area boys’ hockey teams were in action Saturday, including Spring Lake Park’s home opener.
Spring Lake Park is off to a 2-0-0 start thanks to a 6-5 win against Sibley followed two days later with a 3-1 win over Simley in the home opener at Fogerty Arena.
Austen Long and Brandon Richards each scored a hat trick in the season-opener Thursday evening at Sibley as six others factored in the assists, led by Nick Heid’s two helpers. Brian Jones made 18 stops in the win.
Long added another goal Saturday afternoon in the second period to put the Panthers ahead. David Taylor made it 2-0 for the home team 2:15 into the third period and Pete Seinko converted on the power play to make it 3-0, 13:02 into the final period.
Spring Lake Park goalie Aaron Furlano stopped 13 shots and was 2:07 from a shutout in his first varsity start.
Centennial 4, Andover 3
Two days after dropping a one-goal game at Wayzata, Andover found itself on the wrong side of another one-goal loss, this time in the Northwest Suburban Conference opener against Centennial in Circle Pines Saturday afternoon.
Andover’s Tyler Vold had a pair of power play goals but Centennial scored four unanswered goals to gain the edge it needed for the conference win. Huskies Brady Barthold set up both of the visitor’s opening goals with the first coming at 13:54 of the opening period, scored by Christian Mohs before Vold’s first power play goal at the 11:40 mark of the second period. Andover goalie Chase Perry made 29 saves in the loss to give him 48 saves with a .889 saves percentage through two games.
Eden Prairie 4, Anoka 2
Anoka welcomed Eden Prairie for their Northwest Suburban Conference/Lake Conference crossover game Friday night at Anoka Ice Center. The Eagles outshot Anoka 44-28 including a 17-7 advantage in the first period as the visitors established a 2-0 lead.
Anoka came back to tie the game on goals by Cody Pinewski and Chase West. Adam Orn assisted on both goals at 6:44 and 13:51, respectively.
Eden Prairie prompted retook the lead back 22 seconds later in what was the game-winner from Mason Bergh. It was Bergh’s second goal of the game. Eden Prairie secured the win with another goal just over two minutes later to make it 4-2. Anoka goalie Robbie Goor stopped 40 shots in the loss.
Legacy Christian 3, Minnehaha Academy 3 (OT)
Legacy returned to action five days after Robbinsdale Armstrong spoiled the Lions home opener at the National Sports Center in Blaine, 9-2 to settle for a 3-3 tie against Minnehaha academy in Minneapolis Dec. 1.
Legacy put 50 shots on net and held an 11-3 advantage in the eight-minute overtime period but couldn’t solve Hawks goalie Alex Katz who posted 47 saves in the tie. Lions goalie Tanner Balk stopped 27 shots.
The Lions went 0-4 on the power play while Minnehaha Academy went 1-for-3.
Legacy’s Brock Thompson put the visitors ahead 6:22 into the second period before Minnehaha Academy scored twice in a span of five minutes to lead 2-1. Legacy came back to tie the game up with 51 seconds left in the second period on a goal b Joe Olufson. Lions teammate Lucas Stauffeneker scored at the 12:35 mark of the final period to make it 3-2 but 2:03 later the homicide scored the equalizer.