• Andover came up short against Hopkins 79-56 in the opening round of the Augsburg Classic in Minneapolis Thursday. The Royals led 38-26 at the half and added another 11 points to the lead in the second half. Andover’s Kane Ruhl led the team with 11 points, while Hopkins had three players in double-digits led by Jamal Davis with 13 points.
• St. Francis opened play in the Dassel-Cokato Tournament with a 71-51 win over Detroit Lakes Dec. 27. The win sets up a meeting against Zimmerman, who handed the host Chargers a 52-44 loss in the other game of the tournament. The Saints sophomore center Blake Moreno had a game-high 21 points, while junior forward Jake Johnson added 15 points and junior guard Austin Carlson had 14 points.
• PACT lost its Mounds Park Academy Tournament opener to St. Croix Lutheran 66-50 Dec. 27. Panthers senior guard Drew Zieroth had a game-high 19 points and junior guard Danny Mooers had 10 points in the loss.
• Seventh-ranked (Class AAA) Spring Lake Park was upset by Hayfield 70-59 in the Tartan Invitational quarterfinals Dec. 27. The Panthers face Bloomington Kennedy in the consolation bracket after Centennial downed the Eagles 73-69.
• Spring Lake Park stand-out Breanna Semanko had a game-high 25 points as the Panthers held on for a 69-67 win over a very strong Andover squad in the Roseville Holiday Tournament opener Dec. 27.
The Huskies led by three points at the break, but they couldn’t stay with Spring Lake Park in the second half which went to the Panthers 40-35.
Andover had five players with at least 10 points, led by Madi Hahn’s 15 points, while the dynamic duo of Olivia Graham and McKenzie Becker dominated the boards grabbing 17 and 13 rebounds, respectively. Graham had 14 points and four steals. Haydn Becker also had 14 points with two
steals and one blocked shot.
Rogers Holiday Tournament
Anoka at Rogers
St. Francis vs. Forest Lake
• New Prague scored three times in the final period to hand Spring Lake Park a 5-2 loss in the opening round of the Austin Invitational Dec. 27. Both Panthers goals came from Maggie Ronning while Taylor Turnquist collected two assists and Kim Patterson had another helper. Spring Lake Park goalie Molly Sienko had 30 saves in the loss.
• Anoka bounced back from a 4-1 loss to second-ranked Minnetonka Dec. 21 with a 3-2 overtime win over No. 19 Eagan in the Edina Invitational quarterfinal Dec. 27.
The Tornadoes outshot their south suburban foes 34-25 and Blaire Parent won the game for Anoka 14 seconds into overtime.
Anoka’s standout winger Emilie Brigham scored twice (power play, then shorthanded) in a span of 4:03 minutes in the second period to force overtime. Anoka goalie Molly Scarborough turned away 23 shots in the win.
• Coon Rapids ran its losing streak to six games dropping its first two games at the Edina Invitational. Stillwater topped the Cardinals 4-2 before Grand Rapids/Greenway did the same in a 3-1 score.
Coon Rapids’ Amber Ammann scored at 13:57 into the second period and Jane Hannula added another goal, 7:23 into the third period, to go with an assist on Ammann’s goal in the loss to Stillwater. Cardinals goalie Ali Weber posted 29 saves in the loss.
Senior Tori Buckley scored the lone Coon Rapids goal against Grand Rapids/Greenway at the 11:05 mark of the second period after Coon Rapids conceded goals at the 1:02 mark of the first period and then 55 seconds into the second period. Weber made 24 saves in the loss.
• St. Francis/North Branch opened play in the Schwan Cup Green Division with a 5-2 quarterfinal win over Watertown, S.D., Dec. 27.
The Fighting Saints outshot Watertown 42-17 as Kalley Wagner and Maddie Kaehler each finished with a goal and assist. Five different St. Francis players scored and goalie Dakotah Bullen posted 15 saves.
St. Francis moves on to play Northern Lakes, 7 p.m., Dec. 28 at Schwan’s Super Rink 8. If the Saints will, they will face the winner of the Minnehaha Academy/International Falls game at noon Dec. 29 at Ridder Arena. If the Saints lose, they face loser of the Minnehaha Academy/International Falls game, 4:15 p.m., Dec. 29 at Schwan’s Super Rink 2.
• Blaine took its second loss of the season in as many days as No. 6 Minnetonka handed No. 4 Blaine a 6-2 defeat Dec. 27. The Skippers outshot Blaine 35-24 and scored three times in the second period to take control of the game. Minnetonka built a 4-0 lead before Blaine winger Dallas Gerads scored on the power play assisted fby Joey Lau and Tyler Cline with 39 seconds left in the second period.
Minnetonka’s Max Coatta scored twice, including a shorthanded goal 4:24 into the third period, to make it 5-1 before Blaine capitalized on another power play 46 seconds later when Tyler Frischmon collected the goal with an assist going to Jack Micek.
Blaine goalie James Simmer spent the night between the pipes, making 29 saves.
The Bengals face top-ranked Edina in the seventh-place game Dec. 28 at Ridder Arena.
• Andover will face Apple Valley in the third-place game of the Schwan Cup Silver Division Dec. 28 after the Huskies dropped a 2-0 decision to Prior Lake, Dec. 27.
Prior Lake’s Austin Hill scored 55 seconds into the game and that goal was nearly all the Lakers needed. Andover’s Zach Sitarz took a checking from behind penalty at the 7:51 mark of the third period, which included a five-minute major and a 10-minute game misconduct penalty. That penalty gave the Lakers a power play chance which they took advantage of, scoring at the 11:00 mark to make it 2-0.
• Spring Lake Park was shut out by Bloomington Kennedy 5-0, one day after shutting out Winona 3-0 in the Schwan Cup Open Division quarterfinal. Now the Panthers will face Somerset, Wis., in the third-place game after the Eagles were outshot 25-24. Panthers goalie Aaron Furlano took the loss stopping 12-of-14 shots in 32 minutes before JT Hirschi stopped six shots in 18 minutes of work.