Schwan Cup opening day
Burnsville 3, Blaine 1
In the boys’ hockey Gold Division it was 11th ranked Burnsville with the mild upset of fifth-ranked Blaine in the second quarterfinal game of the day at Ridder Arena on the campus of the University of Minnesota Dec. 26.
The loss was the first for the Bengals as Burnsville’s Brock Boesner had two goals and Tyler Sheehy added three assists for the win. Blaze goalie Nic Anderson stopped 31 shots while Blaine goalie Bailey Ketola stopped 22 shots.
Blaine’s lone goal came from Tyler Frischmon 1:31 into the second period after Burnsville scored twice in the first period.
The Bengals move on to the Consolation semifinals where they face Minnetonka at noon, Dec. 27 at Ridder Arena. The Consolation Championship and seventh-place games will be played at Schwan Super Rink No. 3 Dec. 28 at either 1 p.m. or 6:30 p.m.
Andover 3, Stillwater 2
Tyler Tomberlin had two assists and Brady Barthold scored the game winner at the 11:31 mark of the third period for Andover (5-4-0) in a 3-2 win over Stillwater (3-4-1) in the boys’ Silver Division quarterfinal game played at Schwan Super RInk Dec. 26.
The Ponnies scored the lone goal in the opening period before Cal Rak evened things up midway through the second period. Tomberlin set up Jared McComber 1:47 into the third period to take a 2-1 in what would be an eventful final period.
With the win, the Huskies move on to face Prior Lake in the championship semifinal set for 6 p.m. on Schwan Super Rink No. 4, Dec. 27. The championship is slated for Ridder Arena, 5:30 p.m., Dec. 28.
Spring Lake Park 3, Winona 0
Spring Lake Park (6-3-0) won its Open Division quarterfinal game by way of a 3-0 result against Winona (5-3-0) at Schwan Super Rink Dec. 26.
Panthers freshman Austen Long had two goals and one assist while sophomore Deven Sunell added one goal, one assist and Pete Sienko added two assists while outshooting Winona 32-19. Spring Lake Park goalie Aaron Furlano recorded his fourth win and lowered his goals against average to 2.67.
Spring Lake Park faces Bloomington Kennedy at 8:30 p.m. Dec. 27 at Schwan Super Rink 2 in the championship semifinal. The Open Division championship is set for noon, Dec. 28 at Ridder Arena.