Fourth-ranked Blaine (7-4-1) began its 2013 portion of the schedule with a 5-1 loss to No. 9 Duluth East Jan. 3 before rebounding with a 5-0 shutout of budding rival Andover Jan. 5. Both games were played at Fogerty Arena.
Bengals senior Dallas Gerads put the home team ahead 1-0 just 80 seconds into the contest against Duluth East. From that point on it was all Greyhounds as they outshot the Bengals 32-18 and scored five unanswered goals.
Duluth East’s Meirs Moore tied the game just over four minutes later and teammate Alex Toscano scored twice in the second period. Blaine’s Bailey Ketola stopped 27 shots in the loss.
Two nights later, Blaine reversed its fortunes against No. 16-ranked Andover (5-7-0) by posting its second shutout of the season and haulting a four-game losing skid.
Blaine outshot the Huskies 48-20, but held them to just two shots in the first period. Andover goalie Chase Perry made 43 saves, but his saves percentage dropped to .899 and goals against average rose to 3.15 in the Huskies first action of 2013.
Blaine’s Brandon Notermann scored twice and Tyler Cline picked up two assists and one goal to boost his team-high 18 points, while Notermann kept pace with 17 points. Joey Lau added one goal and one assist in the final period also.
Keytola posted 20 saves to boost his saves percentage to .900 and has been in goal for both shutouts.
Anoka slump continues
The Tornadoes (1-11-1, 1-4-1) started 2013 the same way it ended 2012 – with another loss as Champlin Park handed Anoka a 4-2 Northwest Suburban Conference loss to remain seventh in the conference standings.
The Rebels scored three times in the final period after Anoka took a 2-1 lead into the second intermission. Anoka’s Jordan Peterson scored late in the first period with assists from Alec Seeger and Matt Collin. After Champlin Park tied the game at the 9:40 mark of the second period, Anoka’s Kristian Manthey took advantage of a power play to make it 2-1 with 5:58 left in the middle period. Jordan Peterson and Andrew Dallum were credited with assists.
Just 14 seconds into the third period, Peterson was sent to the penalty box with a five-minute boarding major. Champlin Park took advantage by tying the game 1:30 into the power play and scored the game-winner on another power play at the 7:51 mark of the final period.
Cardinals’ up-and-down start to 2013
Coon Rapids (2-10-2) came out of the gates of the new year with its best result of the season, a 7-1 win over Robbinsdale Cooper Jan. 3, before Maple Grove blanked the Cardinals 7-0 when the teams resumed Northwest Suburban Conference play Jan. 5.
Cardinals’ leading scorer and captain Seth Johnson had a hand in six of the seven goals against Cooper, including scoring four times to boost his season points to 16. Robbie Randall had four assists and Cody Anchetta had two goals and one assist for the Cardinals, while goalie Justin Ball had 17 saves to earn his first win of the season and improve to 1-5-1.
Two days later, Maple Grove peppered Cardinals goalie Zachary St. John with 52 shots, 45 of which he stopped.
The Crimson scored five times in the first period and three times inside the first 6:27 of the game.
Legacy keeps rolling
Legacy Christian Academy moved to 8-2-2 and 2-1-1 in the Two Rivers Conference following its 7-0 win over North Branch Jan. 4.
The win is the fifth straight for the Lions and third shutout of the season. They have outscored the opposition 70-26. Lions Brock Thompson had two goals and one assist and three others added one goal and one assist, while goalie Brandon Cram stopped 13 shots for the win.