Holiday hockey tourney recaps, Dec. 26 edition

Girls’ hockey

• Anoka 3, Rogers 2, Armstrong/Cooper Tournament

The Tornadoes scored once in each period and seven different skaters picked up points in the opening win at tourney played at New Hope Arena. Hailey Miller scored 29 seconds into the second period after Blair Parent pulled Anoka even on a power play goal at the 12:14 mark of the first period.

Kari Manthey added an even strength goal 2:44 into the third period to give the Tornadoes three unanswered goals before the Royals made it 3-2 halfway through the final period.  Anoka outshot Rogers 37-21.

The Tornadoes face Champlin Park in an all-Northwest Suburban Conference game at 8 p.m. Friday night and the same teams will start 2014 at the Anoka Area Ice Arena Jan. 4.

• Benilde-St. Margaret’s 3, Andover 2, Eden Prairie Holiday Tournament

Andover dropped to 4-5-2 after Benilde collected a 3-2 win in the Eden Prairie Tournament Dec. 26.

• Blaine opened its own Mid-Winter Board Battle tournament with a 4-0 win against fellow Fogerty-Arena tenant Spring Lake Park in the quarterfinals Dec. 26.  The Bengals scored three times in the first period with different skaters including Sarah Ganley at the 2:02 mark to get the scoring started. Katie Swanstrom was assisted by twin sister Sam Swanstrom at the 12:52 mark to make it 3-0 then assisted on Amy Schlagel’s power play goal at the 6:34 mark of the second period to make it 4-0.

Blaine goalie Makayla Tilton made 11 saves in the shutout while Panthers counterpart MacKensay Kelly had 30 saves.

• Coon Rapids couldn’t get past Owatonna, 3-2, in the quarterfinals of the Cardinal Cup at Coon Rapids Ice Center Dec. 26.  Lily Hackett scored twice in less than three minutes before the 8:04 mark of the final period but it wasn’t enough for Coon Rapids. Owatonna’s Abby Sawyer had one goal and assist in the second period but goalie Jessica Cole posted 13 saves in the win.

Coon Rapids’ Brittany Buhl made 28 saves in her third start of the season in net. She posted 34 saves in  a 4-0 loss to Elk River Dec. 3.

Boys’ hockey

• Eastview scored a 4-1 win against Andover in the Silver Division at the Schwan Cup Thursday.

Huskies sophomore Zach Sitarz scored on a power play, 4:26 into the third period with assist to Tyler Vold and Jon Chorzempa. Andover goalie Ryan Olson had 21 saves dropping his season record to 3-5-0 with an .879 saves percentage and 3.30 goals against average.

Andover took four penalties in the final 3:23 of the contest after Eastview had five infractions in the first two periods.

•Alec Seeger scored 6:04 into overtime to help Anoka win its fourth game of the season an the opener against Holy Angels in the Schwan Cup Bronze Division quarterfinal at the National Sports Center in Blaine Dec. 26.

A pair of second period goals, 3:24 apart from Travis Mashuga helped the Tornadoes reach overtime after the Stars took a 3-1 lead midway through the second period.

Marshall Barnes made it 3-1 at the 8:21 mark of the period only to have Mashuga score 37 seconds later to make it 3-2.

Anoka goalie Robbie Goor made 31 saves to improve to 2-4-1 with a 3.85 goals against average and .868 saves percentage.

• Coon Rapids earned the award for longest road trip of the holiday tourney season with a trek to Roseau. Coon Rapids wasn’t reward in a 2-1 loss to fellow Cardinals team, Alexandria in the quarterfinals Dec. 26.

Hunter Grunzke tied the game with 38 seconds left in the second period but Alexandria’s Jack Steffl scored at the 11:45 mark for the final score.

Coon Rapids goalie Zack St. John made 29 saves and the Cardinals dropped a sixth straight game.

• Spring Lake Park opened the Schwan Cup Open Division with a 4-1 win over Minneapolis Novas at the Schwan Super Rink Thursday, its’ sixth win of the season.

The Panthers scored twice in the second and third periods and outshot Minneapolis 32-19.  Brandon Richards and David Taylor set up goals by Jacob Nystrom and Nick Turnquist. Nystrom and Turnquist set up Zach Benson for a power play goal 8:15 into the second period to jumpstart the attack.

Spring Lake Park goalie JT Hirschi posted 18 saves in the win to drop his goals against average to 3.00 and saves percentage to .818.

• Legacy Christian scored a 7-2 win over Bagley/Fosston in Thursday’s North Shore Holiday Tournament quarterfinal at Rukavina Arena in Silver Bay. The Lions are the defending champions and picked up its third win on the season with three goals in the second and third periods while outshooting Bagley by a 58-12 margin.

Lions senior captain Tyler Arenz had a hat trick, Shaw Wiczek had two goals and Zach Cole added two assists in the win.  Tanner and Jorgen Balk saw time in net, combining for 10 saves on 12 shots against.

• St. Francis opened play in the Perpich North-South Challenge with a 7-4 loss at Virginia/Mountain Iron-Buhl Thursday night. The challenge pins the Saints, Mahtomedi and Brainerd against three Iron Range powers in Virginia, Grand Rapids and Hibbing. The three range communities hosted games Dec. 26-28.

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