Boys’ hockey: Teams make final pre-holiday break pushes

Andover

Centennial scored twice in the third period to push past Andover 4-2 Dec. 14.

Goals from Tyler Tomberlin and Zach Sitarz bookended a busy second period and Tyler Vold picked up assists on both goals, but it wasn’t enough for the home conference win. Huskies goalie Ryan Olson made 24 saves in the loss that dropped Andover to 2-3 overall and 1-3 in the NWSC.

Anoka goalie Robbie Goor, left, tracks a puck into his padding ahead of Blaine’s Jack Buck during their Northwest Suburban Conference game at Anoka Dec. 12. The Bengals won 6-1 and Goor made 31 saves in the loss.

Anoka goalie Robbie Goor, left, tracks a puck into his padding ahead of Blaine’s Jack Buck during their Northwest Suburban Conference game at Anoka Dec. 12. The Bengals won 6-1 and Goor made 31 saves in the loss. Photo by Bill Jones

Anoka

Anoka scored four times in the second period en route to a 4-2 win over Robbinsdale Armstrong at Anoka Ice Center Dec. 14.

The even strength goals came before the 3:33 mark of the second period. Michael Talbot broke the game open at the 1:45 mark, Alex Orn followed at 2:11, Ryan Steetar at 3:23 and 10 seconds later Travis Mashuga made it 4-0. Talbot was the only player to add a second point, assisting on Orn’s tally.

Win No. 2 of the season marked the end of a four-game home stand for Anoka which traveled to Duluth East Dec. 19 then Irondale Dec. 21. Anoka faces Holy Angels in the opening round of the Schwan Cup, 12:30 p.m. Dec. 26 on Rink 1 at the Schwan Super Rink.

Blaine

Blaine rebounded from its first loss of the season (3-1 against East Grand Forks, Dec. 13) with a 11-0 win over Coon Rapids Dec. 14. Tyler Cline and Joey Lau each had four points and 14 skaters added points.

Anoka’s Gavin Putt, front, searches for the puck while Blaine’s Jesse Slawson, back, moves around Putt during the Bengals 6-1 win at Anoka Dec. 12. The game was the first of three straight days of play for the Bengals. East Grand Forks handed Blaine its first loss of the season 3-1 Dec. 13 before the Bengals pounded Coon Rapids 11-0 Dec. 14 at Fogerty Arena.

Anoka’s Gavin Putt, front, searches for the puck while Blaine’s Jesse Slawson, back, moves around Putt during the Bengals 6-1 win at Anoka Dec. 12. The game was the first of three straight days of play for the Bengals. East Grand Forks handed Blaine its first loss of the season 3-1 Dec. 13 before the Bengals pounded Coon Rapids 11-0 Dec. 14 at Fogerty Arena. Photo by Bill Jones

Blaine posted a 6-1 win at Anoka Dec. 12 to open a stretch of three games in as many days.

The Bengals finished a three-game home stand against Armstrong Dec. 19.

Blaine opens its holiday tournament at St. Louis Park against Maple Grove at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 26.

Spring Lake Park

The Panthers scored a season-high 11 goals in an 11-3 win over Mora/Hinckley-Finlayson Dec. 14 to improve to 4-3-0 overall.

Sixteen different Panthers contributed to the scoring led by Brandon Richards’ hat trick and Deven Sunell and Austin Long each added four points. Goalie Aaron Furlano made 30 saves in the win while his counterpart Tanner Baxley turned away 50 of 61 shots.

Spring Lake Park’s Jake Kroll looks to make a pass during an 11-3 win against Mora/Hinckley-Finlayson Dec. 14. Kroll had two assists, while teammate Brandon Richards had a hat trick and Austen Long added two goals and two assists.

Spring Lake Park’s Jake Kroll looks to make a pass during an 11-3 win against Mora/Hinckley-Finlayson Dec. 14. Kroll had two assists, while teammate Brandon Richards had a hat trick and Austen Long added two goals and two assists.Photo by Bill Jones

Jason Olson is at
jason.olson@ecm-inc.com

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