Eighth-ranked Bengals remained unbeaten in the Northwest Suburban Conference after a 6-1 win at Osseo Jan. 26 to improve to 11-0-0 and winners in its last seven games.
Joey Lau had two goals and one assist as Alex Copa had a pair of assists and Tyler Cline added one goal and one assist to boost his team-high points total to 32. Goalie Bailey Ketola stopped just 11 of the 12 shots he faced while the Bengals peppered Orioles goalie Alex Otto for 37 shots.
Blaine needed overtime to down No. 14 Elk River Jan. 10. The Bengals entered the third period down 3-1 but Jesse Norling scored just 2:14 into the final period to make it 3-2 and Lau scored on the power play at 7:51 to tie it up. Cline sealed the win with a goal coming 4:22 into overtime with an assist from Brandon Notermann.
Blaine struggled to find goals despite outshooting the Elks 46-19 which included a 14-3 edge in the third period.
After going seven games without a win (0-5-2) Andover (8-9-2) seems to have turn things around with three straight wins by a margin of 16-1. Granted Anoka, Coon Rapids and Robbinsdale Armstrong have five combined Northwest Suburban Conference wins but any win is good right now.
The Huskies posted back-to-back 6-0 shutouts against the conference’s two bottom teams, Coon Rapids and Armstrong.
The Huskies overwhelmed Armstrong with a five-goal second period. Brady Barthold scored twice and added an assist, Tyler Vold, Tyler Tomberlin and Zach Sitarz each had two assists. Tomberlin scored once as did Jared McComber ad Christian Mohs.
Nick Manney scored twice in the opening period against Coon Rapids and added a third-period assist. Barthold and Mohs each had two assists.
Goalie Chase Perry made 22 saves in the back-to-back shutouts. Andover’s attack outshot the opposition 101-22 in the two games.
Andover scored a 4-1 win over rival Anoka Jan. 19, outshooting the Tornadoes 34-16. Manney had two goals and one assist, Vold had two assists and Barthold had one goal and one assist. Perry posted 15 saves in the win.
After beating Coon Rapids 4-3 Jan. 17, Anoka’s offense has gone quiet, scoring just once in each of the last three games.
That last win against the Cardinals included two Tornaodes goals from Jake Mack and a goal and assist from Alex Orn. Mack’s second goal of the game came 3:38 into the final period on a shorthand situation. Coon Rapids’ Seth Johnson had two assists as the team’s traded four goals in the final period.
The Lions continued to build its most successful season yet winning 11 times in 13 games. Legacy dropped two games in three days against Two Rivers Conference foes Minneapolis Novas (9-2) and WSFLG (2-1), Jan. 23 and 25, respectively.
Legacy returned to form Jan. 29 in a 5-2 win against North Branch, scoring three times in the second period of a non-conference tilt in Lidstrom. Brock Thompson scored twice and assisted on another goal while Tyler Arenz, Elmo Holleran and Sam Asfahl each had one goal and one assist. Goalie Tanner Balk had 25 saves.
Spring Lake Park
Five losses were matched by a current five-game winning streak as Spring Lake Park toppled St. Louis Park 2-1, Jan. 26 and Irondale 4-1, Jan. 29 recently.
Jacob Nystrom is on quite a scoring streak for the Panthers. After scoring the first goal in a 2-1 win over St. Louis Park Jan 26, he added three more goals, two coming less than two minutes into the third period against Irondale. Teammates Pete Sienko and Austen Long assisted on two of the goals. Vince Benfield scored the final goal for the Panthers and JT Hirschi posted 17 saves in the win.
Three nights earlier, Long was the hero as he scored the game winner 3:28 into the second period against the Orioles. Panthers goalie Aaron Furlano made 29 saves for the win.