Girls hockey: Panthers end Coon Rapids’ season in section opener

It’s officially section time for girls’ hockey as No. 9 seed Spring Lake Park/St. Anthony Village moved past No. 8 Coon Rapids in the Section 5AA play-in game.

The Panthers jumped to a 3-0 lead with first period goals from Maddy Kelly and Taylor Turnquist. Kim Patterson scored with 2:06 left in the second period to dampen the Cardials spirits.

Spring Lake Park’s Hannah Schultz, right, tries to seperate Coon Rapids’ Lily Hackett from the puck during the Section 5AA play-in game in Roseville Feb. 6. Ninth-seeded Spring Lake Park topped No. 8 Coon Rapids 4-2. Photo by Bill Jones

Spring Lake Park’s Hannah Schultz, right, tries to seperate Coon Rapids’ Lily Hackett from the puck during the Section 5AA play-in game in Roseville Feb. 6. Ninth-seeded Spring Lake Park topped No. 8 Coon Rapids 4-2. Photo by Bill Jones

Coon Rapids nearly completed a comeback as Amber Ammann put the Cardinals on the scoreboard with a power play goal at 7:57. Jane Hannula hooked up with sister Heidi Hannula to make it 3-2 with 1:59 left in the contest. Spring Lake Park’s Maddie Ronning scored with three seconds left to put the game out of reach.

Coon Rapids out shot the Panthers 36-16 and finished with a 5-21, losing the last six games in a row.

Spring Lake Park improved to 10-14-2 overall and winners of its last seven out of 10 games.

The reward for the Feb. 6 win is a date with top-seed Mounds View.

The Mustangs and Panthers kick off the first of four games to be played at Roseville Arena Feb. 9 starting at 12:30 p.m.
No. 4 Anoka vs. No. 5 Champlin Park, 2:30
No. 2 Andover vs. No. 7 Centennial, 5 p.m.
No. 3 Blaine vs. No. 6 Irondale, 7 p,m.

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