Schwan Cup Gold Division
In the boys’ hockey Gold Division 11th ranked Burnsville had a mild upset over 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.
• Blaine took its second loss of the season in as many days when No. 6 Minnetonka handed it 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 by 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 Frischmon collected the goal with an assist going to Jack Micek.
Blaine goalie James Simmer spent the night between the pipes, making 29 saves.
• Despite scoring twice in the final period, it wasn’t enough for Blaine as No. 1-ranked Edina scored the game winner in overtime for the 3-2 win Friday afternoon in the seventh-place game of the Gold Division at Schwan Super Rink 3 in Blaine.
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 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 unsportsmanlike conduct penalty plus a two-minute unsportsmanlike 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 when Ian Scheid scored with one second on the clock for Blaine to put the game into overtime. Norling and Cline assisted on the game-tying tally.
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 Ponies 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 for Andover to take a 2-1 lead into what would be an eventful final period.
• Andover was sent to the third-place game after losing 2-0 to red-hot Prior Lake in the Silver Division championship semifinal 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 of which they took advantage, scoring at the 11:00 mark to make it 2-0.
• Centennial spoiled Andover’s hopes of a top-three finish by way of a 4-1 win in the Huskies first taste of the Schwan Cup Dec. 28.
The Cougars also won the previous meeting of the two Northwest Suburban Conference foes by a 4-3 score Dec. 1. Friday’s Silver Division third-place contest had the same winner after the Cougars took a 3-0 lead less than eight minutes into the contest. 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
Spring Lake Park (6-3-0) won its Open Division quarterfinal 3-0 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 had 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 was shut out by Bloomington Kennedy 5-0 in the championship semifinal, despite outshooting the Eagles 25-24. Furlano took the loss stopping 12 of 14 shots in 32 minutes before JT Hirschi stopped six shots in 18 minutes of work.
•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 to Somerset, Wis., in the consolation championship game Friday evening inside Schwan Super Rink.
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. But 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 it 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 scored twice 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.
St. Francis goes 2-1 at Perpich North-South Challenge
St. Francis (7-5) 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 at 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 game 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 shoot-out 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 to 5-4 with only minutes left. Hibbing ended 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 wins at Roseau tourney
It took 10 games into the season, but Coon Rapids (1-9-2) picked up its first regulation win of the season thanks to Jake Bruner’s second-period one-on-one goal in a 1-0 win over Minot, N.D., in the Roseau Holiday Classic opener Dec. 27.
Bruner pulled the puck to his forehand and snapped a shot off the iron and in.
Despite being outshot 40-16, the Cardinals stayed strong in the defensive end to help goalie Zach St. John earn his first shutout and win of the season with some brillant saves.
“I kind of expected one of our goaltenders to have a huge performance like this,” coach Brandon Mileski said. “Zack is competitive and he fights to keep the puck out of the net.”
The Cardinals added a 5-4 shootout win against Chisago Lakes Dec. 28 and 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 as the final buzzer sounded in regulation to tie the game which proved to be the key in the second tie of the season for the Cardinals.
The Wildcats tried to clear the puck with two seconds and Ancheta caught the clearence and tossed a shot on goal.
“We led 3-2 in the final four minutes and needed a miraculous goal with 0.1 seconds left to force overtime. That win has a chance to be a season-changer for us,” Mileski said.
Goalie Justin Ball made 28 saves plus all three shoot skaters he faced 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.
Mileski categorized the tourney as a success: “I think it was a confidence booster to win the game against a good Minot team, then beat Chisago Lakes. We also played Roseau very hard.”
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