The Cardinals dropped to an 0-3 start following an 8-2 loss at Elk River in its Northwest Suburban Conference opener Dec. 6.
Coon Rapids scored twice on just seven shots, despite being outshot by a 45-7 margin including a 15-0 stretch in the final period.
The Elks had two players tally six points each: Jacob Jaremko (three goals, three assists) and Chase Springman (two goals, four assists) while eight different players figured in the scoring.
The Cardinals goals came in a four minute span in the second period by Seth Johnson and Jake Bruner. Coon Rapids goalie Justin Ball made 37 saves in the loss.
Two days earlier, the Cardinals lost to Irondale 4-2 despite scoring first. Coon Rapids’ Robbie Randall scored 9:39 into the game before the Knights evened the score 15 seconds later and made it 2-1 at the 11:05 point of the first period.
For the third game in a row, Anoka scored twice and for the fourth time in a row it wasn’t enough for a win as the Tornadoes dropped to 0-4 following a 3-2 loss at Maple Grove in the Northwest Suburban Conference opener, Dec. 6.
The Tornadoes scored twice in the first period, despite being outshot 13-5 and finished the game on the wrong end of a 43-13 shots total.
Matt Collin and Chase West scored six minutes apart in the middle of the opening period for Anoka, which caught the Crimson off-guard.
Maple Grove ‘s Joe Norenberg tied the game at the 11:14 mark of the third period and Josh Augustine scored the game-wnner 62 seconds later for the final total.
Anoka goalie Robbie Goor had a busy night stopping 40 shots.
Six days after coming back against Roseau to settle for a tie in the season-opener, Blaine’s offense exploded for a 9-2 win against Osseo in its Norhwest Suburban Conference opener Dec. 6.
Thirteen different Bengals figured in the scoring, led by Brandon Notermann’s five-point performance (four assists) and Nic Simpson’s three points (two goals) highlighted the evening as James Simmer stopped 12 shots to win his first varsity start between the pipes.
Dallas Gerads, Ian Scheid and Jack Micek each had two assists and Jesse Norling and Tyler Cline each scored twice.
Spring Lake Park
Spring Lake Park’s two game winning streak came to end Thursday as St. Paul Academy won 4-2 at Drake Arena.
Panthers Austen Long scored shorthanded and Nick Heid added a second special teams goal, this time with the extra player on the power play with 12 seconds left in the second period. Long assisted on Heid’s power play score and goalie Aaron Furlano posted 14 saves.