Boys’ Hockey recap: Valentine’s Day edition
Anoka blanks Cardinals 3-0
Three of Anoka’s five wins this season have come by way of a shutout as junior goalie Robbie Goor stopped all 27 shots he faced in a 3-0 win at Coon Rapids Ice Center Feb. 14.
Chase West scored twice and Gavin Putt added two assists as both clubs wrap up the regular season Saturday.
Crimson top Blaine in 12-goal game
Maple Grove (12-5-0, 14-11-0) handed Northwest Suburban Conference champion Blaine (16-1-0, 18-5-1) its first conference loss of the season, 7-5 at Maple Grove, which also snapped a 12-game winning streak for the Bengals, dating back to Jan. 3.
Blaine skated to a 5-2 win over the Crimson in their first meeting of the season, Jan. 17 at Fogerty Arena. Maple Grove was skating with a vastly depleted line-up as more than a dozen players served a suspension. That game was a highly anticipated rematch of last year’s section final in which the Crimson humiliated the Bengals 15-1.
Maple Grove erupted for a five-goal second period Thursday night, scoring on just 14 shots in the period. Blaine held the shots edge in the game 33-26, including an 8-3 edge in the third period.
The fireworks started early as Blaine’s Joey Lau put the visitors ahead just 4:07 into the contest only to have the home side answer 16 seconds later.
Another flurry of goals came midway through the second period as four goals were scored in a span of 62 seconds to give Maple Grove a 5-4 lead with 4:28 left in the period.
Neither team found success on the power play as they combined to go 0-for-9 with the man-advantage.
Lau and Dallas Gerads each had two goals while Jesse Norling added a pair of assists in the loss.
Crimson stand-out Josh Passolt erupted for six points (four assists) and Sam Valerius had five assists.
Huskies take out aggression on Osseo to end regular season, 8-2
Andover (9-7-2, 12-11-2) out shot Osseo 21-1 in the first period and didn’t let up in the final Northwest Suburban Conference game of the season Feb. 14.
Andover’s Christian Mohs collected a hat trick as the team posted 50 shots on the Orioles goal which helped them forget a 5-2 loss to Blaine two days earlier.
Tyler Tomberlin and Tyler Vold each added three assists and one goal and back-up goalie Chris Hamling stopped 26 shots to earn his second win of the season.
Tomberlin led the team with 19 assists and 30 points followed by Brady Barthold with 27 points (17 assists), Nick Manney and Mohs finished with 22 points each and Vold had 18 points (12 assists).