Girls’ hockey recap: Anoka falls back to .500 with loss to top-ranked Skippers

Anoka ended 2012 with a 4-1 loss at top-ranked Minnetonka Dec. 20. The loss drops the Tornadoes to 6-6-1 overall and 2-6-0 since Nov. 27. They’ve been outscored 22-9 during that span, minus a 9-1 win over North Metro Dec. 8.

The Skippers held Anoka in check early by a 13-3 shots advantage through the first period. Anoka kept pace on shots over the final two periods (10-9 and 12-11), but two goals from Sydney Baldwin were too much to overcome in the end.

Blair Parent scored the lone Anoka goal 3:29 into the third period to cut the lead in half, 2-1. Assists went to Hailey Miller and Emilie Brigham.

Minnetonka went right back on the offensive to make it a 3-1 game six minutes later and scored the final goal with two seconds left on the clock.

Tornadoes goalie Molly Scarborough posted 31 saves in the loss.

While the Tornadoes have a fantastic top line of Blair Parent, Emilie Brigham and Kate Burkey, the key for the second half of the schedule is to find additional scoring. The trio have 68 of the team’s 107 points so far and while a plus-15 is a great thing when it comes to goal-differential, teams are going to exploit that balance as the season progresses.

Andover settles for draw

Tenth-ranked Andover held a fiery Northern Wright County squad to a 1-1 draw inside the Andover Community Center Dec. 18. The game was the last match before the extended holiday break. The Huskies return to action against Blaine Jan. 5 in Andover in what is a rematch from the Bengals’ 2-1 overtime winner Nov. 17. Blaine’s Sam Swanstrom tied the game at the 11:39 mark of the third period and then won the game with a goal 24 seconds into overtime.

Panthers finish pre-break with loss

After Spring Lake Park put together consecutive wins against St. Louis Park (3-0) and Cambridge-Isanti (2-1) Dec. 8 and 15, the Panthers regressed with a pair of narrow losses to close out the pre-holiday break schedule.

North St. Paul handed the Panthers a 4-3 loss Dec. 18 followed by a North Suburban Conference loss at Chisago Lakes 3-1, Dec. 21.

Seven different skaters accounted for the points against North St. Paul as Maggie Ronning scored in both losses.

Jason Olson is at jason.olson@ecm-inc.com

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