Gold Division, Consolation game
Edina 3, Blaine 2 (OT)
Despite scoring twice in the final period, it wasn’t enough a scored the game winner in overtime for the win Friday afternoon at Schwan Super Rink 3.
Edina scored twice in the first period, the second goal coming three minutes into a five-minute major penalty for checking from behind served by Joey Lau in addition to a 10-minute game misconduct.
Edina held that lead through the second period, despite Blaine losing Tyler Maki for a 10-minute unsportmanlike conduct penalty plus a two-minute unsportmanlike minor in the later stages of the second period.
Jesse Norling put the Bengals on the board 2:38 into the final period.
Drama unfolded late in the period as Ian Scheid put the game into overtime as he scored with one second on the clock. Norling and Tyler Cline assisted on the game-tying tally.
Silver Division, Third place game
Centennial 4, Andover 1
Centennial also won the previous meeting of the two Northwest Suburban Conference foes by a 4-3 score Dec. 1. Friday’s Silver Division Schwan Cup Third place contest had the same winner as the Cougars took a 3-0 lead less than eight minutes into the contest and finished with a 4-1 win over Andover. Cougars forward Wyatt Close had two goals and Andover’s Brady Barthold scored in the final 1:32 of the game to break-up the shutout Centennial goalie Patrick Munson had going. He finished with 16 saves in the win while the Huskies split time between Chase Perry (22:49, eight saves) and Chris Hamling (28:11, 14 saves).
Andover’s Christian Mohs took a first-period five-minute major penalty plus a 10-minute game misconduct penalty for Checking from Behind.
Open Division, Consolation championship
Somerset, Wis. 4, Spring Lake Park 2
After splitting the first two games in the Schwan Cup Open Division, Spring Lake Park came out on the wrong side of a 4-2 loss against Somerset, Wis, Friday evening inside Schwan Super Rink at the National Sports Center in Blaine.
Somerset goalie Jordan Langness posted 32 saves as the Panthers outshot the Spartans 34-17.
Spring Lake Park’s Jason Roeske tied the game late in the first period and Marcus Mulvihill tied the game once again, late in the second period. Somerset made it 3-2 just before the buzzer at the end of the period and added a fourth goal 4:43 into the final period.
Anoka goes winless at South St. Paul tourney
Anoka is still searching for win No. 2 of the season after running its current losing skid to five straight games after going 0-3 at the South St. Paul holiday tournament, played inside historic Wakota Arena Dec. 26-28.
The Tornadoes opened the tournament with a 10-1 loss to fifth-ranked (Class A) Hermantown, Dec. 26. Woodbury added a 5-3 win Dec. 27 and tourney-host South St. Paul finished with a 2-1 win over the Tornadoes Dec. 28.
Hermantown’s Travis Koepke had a five-point game (three goals) as they took a 6-0 lead into the first intermission. Anoka’s Kristian Manthey set-up Michael Lehn on a third-period power play goal to break-up the shutout.
Anoka came on strong against Woodbury, scoring twice late in the first period to lead 2-1 thanks to power play goals by Jacob Mack and Adam Orn. Mack added a second goal in the second period to tie the game 3-3 after the Royals added two goals less than four minutes into the period. Woodbury took a 4-3 lead into the final period.
Anoka goalie Robbie Goor was busy between the pipes, making 41 saves as the Tornadoes were outshot 46-21.
The Tornadoes finished play in the tournament against South St. Paul. Anoka’s Andrew Dallum broke the scoreless contest 1:31 into the second period with assists going to Cody Pinewski and Travis Mashuga. The Packers tied the game 2:09 later and scored the eventual game-winner with 48 seconds left in the period. Anoka went 0-3 on the power play and outshot South St. Paul 29-23.
Legacy sweeps way to North Shore Tournament title
Legacy Christian Academy (7-2-2) won its three games in the North Shore Tournament, played inside Rukavina Arena in Silver Bay Dec. 27-29.
The Lions opened with a 6-1 win over Moose Lake which featured 76 shots on goal by Legacy as six different players scored followed by a 5-0 win over North Shore and finished with a 10-2 win over Ely Dec. 29.
The Lions once again peppered the opposition as Ely goalie Kaei Richards stopped 64-of-74 shots. Tyler Arenz led Legacy with a six-point game (four assists) and Ike Larson had five points (three assists). Brock Thompson finished the tournament with six points (three goals).
St. Francis goes 2-1 at Perpich North-South Challenge
St. Francis (7-5)Wag earned a hard-fought pair of wins against Virginia and Grand Rapids at its holiday-break tournament on the Iron Range, Dec. 27-29.
The Fighting Saints opened the tournament with a 6-2 win at Virginia. The Blue Devils took an early lead, but St. Francis’ Kyle Wagner scored twice in a span of 88 seconds to give the visitors a 2-1 lead into the first intermission. Wagner added a pair of assists as five Saints figured in the scoring and goalie Darion Hanson posted 25 saves for the win.
Despite being outshot 48-25, St. Francis used three goals in the second period to top No. 11-ranked and Section 7AA-foe Grand Rapids 3-2 Dec. 28. Wagner scored 3:41 into the second period to break the scoreless start before teammate Cam Kaehler scored on the power play with the assist from Zach Foesch. Aaron Folk made it 3-0 for the Saints 25 seconds later with help from Carter Hilgers.
The tourney came to a close with a 6-4 loss at Hibbing Dec. 29. Another shootout saw the teams combine for 78 shots on net. The Bluejackets led 2-0 before St. Francis fought back with a pair of goals from Foesch and Ben Falk. Hibbing scored with 44 seconds left in the second period to carry a 3-2 lead into the second intermission.
Hibbing scored two more quick goals, 26 seconds apart less than eight minutes into the period before Kaehler scored twice (10:27 and 11:58) to cut the lead down to 5-4 with only minutes left. Hibbing cut the tension with a shorthanded goal with 1:44 left in the contest to seal the win. Hanson finished with 34 saves, giving him 105 saves over the three games.
The Saints ended its pre-Christmas schedule with an 11-0 romp against North Suburban Conference foe Cooper in East Bethel, Dec. 22.
While St. Francis overwhelmed the Hawks 57-9 in shots, it was six goals in a span of less than five minutes at the end of the first period that was the difference. Foesch finished with seven points (four assists) giving him a team-high 25 points, Kaehler had five points (four assists) and Ryan Mohard had a hat trick. Sam Karas added three assists and Brett Aldrich had two assists as Hanson posted nine saves in the shutout win.
Coon Rapids posts first win in Roseau tourney
It took 10 games into the season, but Coon Rapids (1-9-2) picked up its first win of the season thanks to Jake Bruner’s second-period goal in a 1-0 win over Minot, N.D. in the Roseau Holiday Classic opener Dec. 27.
Despite being outshot 40-15, the Cardinals stayed strong in the defensive end to help goalie Zach St. John earn his first shutout and win of the season.
The Cardinals added a 4-4 tie against Chisago Lakes Dec. 28 finished with a 6-2 loss to No. 18-ranked Roseau Dec. 29.
Coon Rapids scored first in each period against Chisago Lakes but it was Cody Ancheta’s goal with one second left in regulation to tie the game which proved to be the key in the second tie of the season for the Cardinals. Goalie Justin Ball made 28 saves in net for Coon Rapids.
Roseau simply overwhelmed the Cardinals inside its home – Roseau Memorial Arena, by outshooting the visitors 56-20, including a 22-2 second period.
Rams Zach Yon scored 10 seconds into the second period after a scoreless opening period. Roseau jumped to a 5-0 lead before Robbie Randall and Samuel Naegele scored for Coon Rapids midway through the third period. Randall scored on the power play with assists from Seth Johnson and Ancheta. St. John stopped 50 shots in goal for the Cardinals.