Blaine hands slumping Anoka 4-1 loss
Blaine improved its record to 8-1 overall following Tuesday’s 4-1 rivalry-game win at the Anoka Ice Arena.
Anoka stand-out Emilie Brigham set up line-mate Katie Burkey just 2:34 into the contest but that was as close as the Tornadoes would get as they lost for the fourth time in five games.
Blaine’s Kiersten Falck evened the game with 1:36 left in the second period before the Bengals broke the game open with three goals in the final period.
Katie Swanstrom scored 16 seconds into the period with assists from Sam Swanstrom and Amy Schlagel in what would be the game-winner. Bengal Alissa Wolens made it 2-1 at the 7:45 mark of the period before the Swanstrom’s connected on an empty-net goal with 1:11 remaining. Sam scored the goal as Katie had the assist.
Blaine goalie Courtney Jensrud posted 24 saves while Anoka’s Molly Scarborough had 20 saves.
Anoka came into Tuesday’s contest off a 9-1 win over North Metro in Anoka, Dec. 8. Brigham and Parent led the scoring parade with four points each as nine different Tornadoes collected points and five had at least two points.
Brigham had two goals and Parent had three assists as they ended a three-game losing streak with an exclamation point. Scarborough started in net, making six saves before Hailey Huspek posted seven saves over the third period.
Anoka scored four special teams goals with Kati Beckman scoring two power play goals and Parent added a shorthanded 4:47 into the contest.
Andover improved to 9-3-0 overall and remained at the top of the Northwest Suburban Conference standings with a 7-1-0 record after its 8-2 Northwest Suburban Conference win at Champlin Dec. 11.
The Huskies, winners of its last seven-of-eight games outshot the Rebels 45-17 and scored four times in the middle period and three more goals in the final period for the lop-sided win.
Huskies Sidney Portner collected three points (two assists) as eight players collected at least two points as Mariah Czech and Mikayla Goodin each had two goals while Carly Haskins, Krista Flanagan and Sierra Langlie each had two assists. Rebecca Voltin and Paige Dale each scored and assisted once.
Goalie Maddie Rooney turned away 15 shots.
The win came days after Eden Prairie handed the Huskies a 5-4 loss in its Northwest Suburban Conference-Lake Conference crossover game.
Eagles Josie Olson scored late in the first period to give the visitors the edge of confidence heading into the first intermission. Just over two minutes into the second period it was Goodin who tied the game with a power play goal, set up by McKenzie Aguilar. Eden Prairie responded with two goals, 42 seconds apart.
Goodin scored her second goal of the period at the 16:10 mark of the period to set up an intense final 17 minutes of play.
Goodin completed the hat trick just 2:05 into the final period as the goals went back and fourth. Goodin’s third goal made it 3-2 for Anodver. After the Eagles made it 4-3 at the 8:20 mark, Carly Haskins tied the game at the 13:17 mark.
Eden Prairie’s Allison Koloski scored the game-winner about 90 seconds later, with just 2:06 left in regulation.
Ninth-grade Huskies goalie Maddie Rooney stopped 28 shots to drop her record to 7-3-0 overall. She still has a 1.60 goals against average and a .926 saves percentage.
The Cardinals dropped to 1-5 following a 3-1 Northwest Suburban Conference loss to Centennial at the Coon Rapids Ice Center Dec. 11.
Coon Rapids opened the scoring as Allie Stalboeger converted on the power play with assists from Heidi Hannula and Amber Ammann at the 13:59 mark of the opening period.
Centennial responded quickly in the second period, pulling even just 34 seconds into the period and added the game-winner at the 10:39 mark of the period and finally put in its third goal just 1:40 into the third period for the final score.
Centennial outshot the Cardinals 28-18 as Ali Weber made 25 saves.
Spring Lake Park
The Panthers (2-6) halted a three-game skid by winning its second game of the season, a 3-0 score against St. Louis Park at Fogerty Arena in Blaine Dec. 8.
Taylor Turnquist scored the third goal of the game in the third period and set up Maggie Ronning for a second-period, power play goal. Miranda DeBoer opened the scoring at the 12:45 mark of the first period as the Panthers outshot the Orioles 43-11. Spring Lake Park goalie Mackensay Kelly made 11 saves for her second shutout and win of the season.
St. Francis/North Branch
St. Francis (2-5) was shutout for the third time this season as Princeton handed the Saints a 2-0 loss in a North Suburban Conference/Mississippi 8 Conference meeting Dec. 11. St. Francis goalie Dakotah Bullen posted 18 saves in the loss.