Blaine doubles-up Anoka on the road 4-2
After an 0-4 start, not only did Anoka (1-5) win its first game of the season but did so by posting a 2-0 shutout over Northwest Suburban Conference foe Osseo Dec. 8.
That success didn’t carry over to Thursday’s NWSC game against Blaine who handed the Tornadoes a 5-2 loss.
Five goals against was a season high for Anoka who gave up that most in the previous two games combined (3-2 loss to Maple Grove, Dec. 6 and 2-0 loss to Osseo).
Anoka’s Ryan Peterson scored just 64 seconds into the game at Osseo and Adam Orr clean-up with a third-period empty-net goal on the power play with 11 seconds left for the final score as goalie Robbie Goor needed to stop just 15 shots for his first shutout.
Thursday night was a different story as No. 8-ranked Blaine (3-0-1) outshot the Tornadoes 35-16 for the game which included a 13-2 first-period advantage.
Blaine broke free with a pair of goals by Joey Lau and Brandon Notermann, 18 seconds apart to lead 2-0 after the first period.
Blaine’s Dallas Garads added a power play goal at 15:28 of the second period with assists from Lau and Tyler Cline.
Cline added his own power play goal, 3:55 into the third period with assists from Alex Copa and Jesse Norling.
Anoka’s Orr and Gavin Putt were sent to the penalty box for roughing while Joey Lau received a double-minor for roughing and high-sticking to create a power play for Anoka. The Tornadoes promptly took care of the player-advantage as captain Kristian Manthey put the home team on the scoreboard six seconds into the power play. Eight, third period penalties gave both sides plenty of time to work on special team situations as Anoka scored once again on the power play. This time it was Peterson who found the back of the net at the 11:23 mark to make it 4-2 Blaine. Goor posted 30 saves in the loss while Blaine’s Andrew Houle stopped 14-of-16 for the win.
Blaine has a tough challenge Saturday evening as they travel to St. Louis Park to face defending Class AA champion Benilde-St. Margaret’s at 7 p.m.
One trend developing for Andover boys’ hockey says that the team which scores four times wins.
Andover is 2-3 while the winning team has reached that four-goal peak, four-out-of-five times so far this season. The Huskies are 2-2 in those games, which equals four, as in the 4-2 win at Champlin Park Dec. 13.
Andover scored three times in the second period to help propel the squad to its second win in three games after the Rebels carried a 1-0 lead after scoring with 1:12 left in the first period.
Power play goals from Tyler Tomberlin and Tyler Vold within the first 5:12 of the second period gave the visiting Huskies a 2-1 lead. The man-advantage was set up by a five-minute boarding major call to Champlin Park’s Calvin Spencer in addition to an interference penalty to another teammate just 37 seconds into the period.
Less than three minutes later Jake Klockers made it 3-1 with assists from Derek Olsen and Cal Rak to sustain Andover’s success.
Seventeen penalties were dished out in the game, nine coming in the second period alone and the team’s spilt 37 penalty minutes.
Huskies netminder Chase Perry had a busy evening stopping 34-of-36 shots while Andover managed to keep Rebels goalie Tyler Nelson busy with 32 shots.
The Cardinals dropped to 0-4-1 after being outshot 39-12 in a 5-1 loss at Centennial Dec. 13.
Sam Naegele scored the lone Coon Rapids goal which came on a third-period power play. Seth Johnson and Cody Ancheta assisted on the tally while goalie Justin Ball made 34 saves in the loss.
St. Francis improved to 3-2 after scoring four times in the final period of a 5-1 North Suburban Conference win over Chisago Lakes in East Bethel Dec. 13.
Saints Kyle Wagner had three points, including two goals while Cameron Kaehler added a goal and assist and goalie Darion Hanson stopped 28 shots in the win.
Legacy Christian Academy
Legacy improved to 3-1-1 following a 13-0 thrashing of Pine City/Rush City in its Two Rivers Conference opener Dec. 11.
The Lions scored five times in both the first and second periods to put the game out of reach in the third period, outshooting the Dragons 35-15, including an 8-1 margin in the final period.
Thirteen different skaters figured in the scoring for Legacy, highlighted by Tyler Arenz four points (two goals), Brock Thompson had three points (two assists), Brandon Leier and Shaw Wiczek each had three points (two goals) and Zach Cole added three assists. Lions goalie Tanner Balk had 15 saves in the first shutout of the season.
Spring Lake Park
Farmington had too much for the Panthers as they dropped to 3-2 overall, losing for the second time in three games Thursday night.
Farmington scored just 29 seconds into the game but Spring Lake Park came roaring back with three goals from Jacob Nystrom, Skyler Fisher and Pete Seinko to lead 3-2 into the final minute of the second period. Seinko’s shorthander at 16:03 gave the lead to the visitors who just as quickly surrendered the lead as the Tigers tied the game just nine seconds later.
The home fans inside Schmitz-Maki arena went crazy as the Tigers scored the game-winner just 55 seconds into the third period.
Despite turning away 32 shots, Panthers goalie Aaron Furlano took the loss.