Huskies split week games
Andover followed up its 2-1 upset of No. 9 Eden Prairie Dec. 15 with a 4-2 win over Coon Rapids Dec. 15, followed by a 4-2 loss to No. 5 ranked Duluth East, Dec. 22.
The Huskies used a three-goal first period to set the tone against District 11 rival Coon Rapids as they outshot the Cardinals 20-2 in the period and 48-10 in the game. Tyler Vold, Brady Barthold and Tyler Tomberlin scored in the opening period for Andover less than four minutes apart. Barthold added a power play goal in the second period for the final Huskies goal.
Both Cardinals goals came on the power play from Cody Ancheta and Jake Bruner.
Huskies goalie Chase Perry made eight saves for the win, while Coon Rapids net minder Zach St. John stopped 44 shots in the loss.
The Greyhounds invaded the Andover Community Center Dec. 22, but it was the Huskies who came out strong. Andover built a 2-0 lead with goals from Christian Mohs and Zach Sitarz while outshooting Duluth East 14-7 in the first period.
That was all the Greyhounds would concede as they scored twice in the each of the remaining periods, going two-for-three on the power play while Andover struggled with the man-advantage going zero-for-six. Perry made 24 saves, while Duluth East’s Casen Sjerven made 26 stops.
Tornadoes losses mount up
Anoka’s 1-7-1 pre-Christmas record doesn’t look good but a closer look at the schedule reveals a different outlook for Anoka faithful. Of the nine games played, five have come against ranked teams including (No. 13 Class A Rogers, No. 3 Class AA Eden Prairie, No. 5 Duluth East, No. 8 Blaine and No. 11 Elk River/Zimmerman). They were competitive against each of those opponents, losing by two goals or less three times including a 2-1 overtime loss to Elk River Dec. 18.
The lone win was a 2-0 shutout of Osseo Dec. 8, while losing to Maple Grove 3-2 and Roseville 6-3.
The Dec. 22 loss at Roseville finished the pre-holiday schedule as the Tornadoes went three-for-five on the power play with goals from Kristian Manthey, Chase West and Jacob Mack. Each had at least one assist and West had two assists.
The lone tie came against Northwest Suburban Conference foe Armstrong 1-1, Dec. 15.
In keeping with the tough match-ups, Anoka traveled to the South St. Paul Tournament Dec. 26 and drew No. 2-ranked Hermantown in the opener. Of the remaining 13 regular season games, six are against ranked teams.
Bengals push through first month
Blaine (6-0-1) rose to No. 5 in the latest Class AA ranking after a fourth win against a ranked team.
The Bengals added its first shutout of the season when No. 14-ranked Moorhead suffered a 3-0 loss Dec. 21 at Fogerty Arena.
Brandon Notermann had two goals and Ian Scheid added three assists, while goalie Bailey Ketola turned away all 20 shots he faced for the win.
Blaine’s defense frustrated the Spuds who were held to just three shots in the second period, while Blaine had the game edge 32-20.
The non-conference game was the final tune-up before the Bengals opened play in the Schwan Cup against No. 11-ranked Burnsville at Ridder Arena Dec. 26.
After playing in the highest-profile holiday hockey tournament in the state, the Bengals don’t have much time to breath as they begin 2013 against No. 9 Duluth East (Jan. 3), No. 15 Andover (Jan. 5) before traveling to No. 10 Elk River Jan. 10.
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