Saints add Schwan Cup girls’ hockey hardware

St. Francis/North Branch (4-8-1) lifted the third-place trophy in the Schwan Cup Green Division after a 2-1 overtime win against Minnehaha Academy Dec. 29.

Blaine Goalie Courtney Jensrud tracks the puck across the puck during a game against Forest Lake Dec. 29. Photo by Bill Jones.

Blaine Goalie Courtney Jensrud tracks the puck across the puck during a game against Forest Lake Dec. 29. Photo by Bill Jones.

The win was the second against the Redhawks this season (5-2, Nov. 20 in East Bethel).

Despite outshooting Minnehaha 43-13, it was the Saints Katie Sigfrinius who scored the game-winner 4:55 into overtime. St. Francis’ Kaylyn Foriti tied it up at 8:07 of the third period.

Goalie Dakotah Bullen posted 12 saves for the win.

St. Francis opened the tournament with a 5-2 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 Bullen posted 15 saves.

The win was followed by a 3-2 loss to Pequot Lakes Dec. 28.

St. Francis’s Maddie Kaehler, left, protects the puck from a Minnehaha Academy player during a Schwan Cup Green Division game Dec. 29. Photo by Bill Jones

St. Francis’s Maddie Kaehler, left, protects the puck from a Minnehaha Academy player during a Schwan Cup Green Division game Dec. 29. Photo by Bill Jones

Nataile St. Marie tied the game at the 14:13 mark of the first period for the Saints with the assist going to Wagner. Once again the St. Marie/Wagner combo came through to tie the game, this time 5:00 into the third period. Wagner scored with assists from Paige Swanson and St. Marie while Bullen made 20 saves.

• Spring Lake Park’s struggle to find wins continued as the club traveled to Austin for a holiday tournament Dec. 27-29.

New Prague handed the Panthers (3-11-0) a 5-2 loss in the opener Dec. 27.

Maggie Ronning had four goals in the tournament, including two in the opener against New Prague, while Taylor Turnquist and Kim Patterson had assists and goalie Molly Sienko had 30 saves.

Minneapolis topped SLP/STA 4-3 and Northfield used a 4-1 score to pass the Panthers in the finale.

Gabby Luoma and Maddy Kelly also scored against Minneapolis.

• Anoka (8-8-1) 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.

That would be the lone win for the Tornadoes as third-ranked Eden Prairie and top-ranked Benilde-St. Margaret’s skated to 4-1 and 6-0 wins, respectively, Dec. 28-29.

The Tornadoes outshot Eagan 34-25 and Blaire Parent won the game for Anoka 14 seconds into overtime.

Anoka’s standout forward Emilie Brigham scored twice (power play, then shorthanded) in a span of 4:03 minutes in the second period to force overtime. Tornadoes goalie Molly Scarborough turned away 23 shots in the win.

Scarborough posted 45 saves against Eden Prairie and Parent scored the lone Anoka goal with the assist going to Amanda Kimmerle.

Benilde-St. Margaret’s scored 17 seconds into the first period and 24 seconds into the second period en route to the lop-sided win as Anoka completed what’s been a miserable December going 3-7-0 after a 4-1-1 November.

• Coon Rapids snapped a six-game losing streak with a 3-2 win over Duluth in the final game of the ABRA Holiday Invitational at Braemar Arena in Edina Dec. 28.

The win came after losses to Stillwater and Grand Rapids/Greenway, 4-2 and 3-1, respectively, Dec. 26 and 27.

Junior Britni DelCastillo scored the Cardinals first goal against Duluth, 3:31 into the second period on a power play and set up Allie Stalboerger’s power play game-winner with 36 seconds left in regulation. Duluth tied the game with two quick goals in a span of 17 seconds by the 12:22 point of the third period.

Cardinals goalie Ali Weber posted 25 saves in the win.

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. 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.

• Blaine went 2-1 as it hosted a four-team invitational tournament at Fogerty Arena, Dec. 27-29.

The Bengals, playing without head coach Steve Guider who was helping coach the U.S. Women’s under-18 national team at the World Championships in Finland, outscored the opposition 17-5 in the series.

Blaine downed Onalaska, Wis., in the opener 12-2 Dec. 27. Kiersten Falck had 10 points (seven assists), Katie Swanstrom had five points (three assists) and Sam Swanstrom had six points (four goals) as eight different Bengals factored in the scoring. Courtney Jensrud posted 17 saves for the Bengals.

Next up was Hayward/Spooner, who the Bengals shutout 4-0.

Blaine finished with a 3-1 loss to Forest Lake, Dec. 29.

Falck scored seven seconds into the game, while the Rangers Rachel Skogland tied the game up 1:47 later. Forest Lake scored twice before the 10:00 mark of the second period to seal the win against the favored Bengals, who dropped to 11-6-1 overall this season.

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

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