Anoka adds 4-3 wins
For the second time in less than a week Anoka (3-12-1) not only won a game, but did so by a 4-3 score.
The Tornadoes snapped a nine-game losing skid with a 4-3 win against Robbinsdale Armstrong at Anoka Ice Arena Jan. 12 before a 4-3 win against rival Coon Rapids Jan. 17, also at Anoka Ice Arena.
Anoka opened the game against Armstrong with a bang, scoring three times in a span of 3:34 in the opening period. Two goals by Drew McLaughlin and Andrew Dallum came at even strength before Cody Pinewski scored short-handed at the 12:46 mark of the period.
Chase West scored just 25 seconds into the middle period to make it 4-1. Armstrong rallied with two late goals in the third period to make things interesting for the Anoka faithful. When the Falcons made it 4-2 at 10:33, McLaughlin took a five-minute major for boarding at the same time. Anoka did a good job clearing the puck short-handed, but the Falcons cut the lead to just one goal with 31 seconds left in regulation.
Tornadoes goalie Robbie Goor posted 23 saves in the win.
Five nights later, Anoka found itself in another battle with cross-town rival Coon Rapids.
Anoka’s Jacob Mack scored twice, including a short-handed goal at the 3:38 mark of the third period, to make it 3-1. The two teams traded goals over the rest of the period with the Cardinals (2-12-2) cutting the lead to one goal with two seconds left when Sam Naegele scored with the assist going to Wilfred Raeker-Rebke.
Coon Rapids’ Seth Johnson had two assists as it lost for the fourth time in five games.
The teams combined to go 2-13 on the power play and Anoka held a 36-25 shots edge.
Andover all tied up
For the third time in a row, Andover couldn’t solve its opponent in regulation and for the second time came away with a tie as Osseo and Andover skated to a 3-3 draw. That followed a heartbreaking 6-5 loss to No. 14 Elk River/Zimmerman in Andover Jan. 15 and a 4-4 tie against No. 8 Centennial Jan. 12.
The Elks scored three times in the second period to lead 4-1, but Andover responded with a furious four-goal outburst in the third period, outshooting Elk River 17-9 in the period. Cal Rak and Nick Manney each scored twice in a span of 10 minutes. Rak tied the game with his second goal of the period, which came with 51 seconds left in regulation. He finished with a hat trick after scoring the Huskies first goal of the game at 3:42 into the second period to cut the lead down to 2-1.
Brady Barthold and Tyler Tomberlin each had two assist for Andover. Huskies starter Chase Perry gave up four goals in the first 23:49 before behind relieved by Chris Hamling for the rest of the game. Hamling stopped 10-of-12 shots and the pair combined to make 35 saves.
St. Francis 7, Cambridge-Isanti 1
The Saints improved to 10-6 overall, 4-1 in the North Suburban Conference, to stay in second place in the standings after outshooting the Bluejackets 43-21 Jan. 15. St. Francis’ Jimmy Mayer had two goals and Cam Kaehler picked up three points (two assists), while goalie Darion Hanson had 20 saves in the win.
Spring Lake Park 14, Cooper 1
Spring Lake Park (7-9, 3-3) ended its six-game losing streak with a bang in a 14-1 win over Robbinsdale Cooper in a North Suburban Conference game at the New Hope Arena Jan. 17.
The Panthers scored six times in each of the first two periods and had a 5-0 lead by the 4:01 mark of the first period.
Austen Long had a hat-trick to boost his team-leading points total to 23, while 15 players collected points for the Panthers. Jacob Nystrom and Pete Sienko had three assists each. Deven Sunell and Brandon Richards had four points each (three assists). Nick Heid, Noah Simonson and Jason Roeske each had two goals. Skylar Fisher had three points, including two assist, and goalie Aaron Furlano had 23 saves.
Fourteen goals is the most since a 13-2 win against Fairmont during the River Lakes Tournament Dec. 27, 2011. The Panthers were on the wrong end of a 15-0 loss to Benidle-St. Margaret’s Feb. 4, 2012.
No. 9 Blaine 5, Maple Grove 2
Ninth-ranked Blaine faced a heavily depleted Maple Grove squad for the first time since its 15-1 loss in the Section 5AA finals last March.
The Crimson played without 13 players, who were serving a suspension, as Blaine won a key game in the race for the Northwest Suburban Conference crown. The win keeps Blaine at the top of the standings with an 8-0-0 record (10-4-1 overall), while the defending conference champion Crimson dropped to fourth with a 7-2-0 record, 9-8-0 overall.
Blaine scored three times in the final period to put the game out of reach at Fogerty Arena in Blaine after Tyler Frischmon scored just 2:03 into the contest and Jack Micek doubled the lead with his opening-period goal at 12:54.
Maple Grove tried to come back as they made it 2-1 less than four minutes into the second period, but Blaine put the brakes on any hopes of a comeback from the visitors. Bengals standout Tyler Cline scored 57 seconds into the final period to make it 3-1. After Aric Kohns made it 3-2 at the 8:34 mark, Bengals captain Jesse Norling responded with a goal 40 seconds later to make it 4-2. Dallas Gerads scored the final goal for Blaine with 1:39 left.
The Bengals outshot the Crimson 41-21, including a 17-6 edge in the third period.
Alex Copa had two assists goalie Bailey Ketola posted 19 saves in the win.
Legacy stays hot
The Lions had their fourth shutout of the season and improved to 12-2-2 overall in a 9-0 win over Moose Lake in a Two Rivers Conference game Jan. 15.
Legacy Christian outshot Moose Lake 51-2 and 10 different Lions collected points. Legacy’s Brock Thompson led the way with four points (three goals) to boost his season total to 30 points, Lucas Stauffeneker had two goals and Ike Larson had two assists to give him 28 points this season.
Legacy Christian stayed at the top of the conference standings with a 4-1-1 mark, one-half game ahead of 4-0-0 Minneapolis Novas.