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.
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.