Boys’ hockey: Huskies score late in a pair of wins; Elks hand Blaine its first conference loss

Boys’ hockey update through a busy Jan. 9 that saw Blaine take its first conference loss and others score late goals for mid-season wins.


Andover scored twice in the third period in a key Northwest Suburban Conference 3-2 win over Maple Grove Jan. 9.

Sophomore Zach Sitarz and Tyler Vold came through with the goals for the Huskies at 8:37 and 14:14 of the third period after the Crimson took a 2-1 lead with 44 seconds left in the second period.

Andover turned it up in the third period outshooting Maple Grove 15-6 and 40-31 for the game.

Leading scorer Tyler Tomberlin had two assists and goalie Ryan Olson had 29 saves for his sixth win of the season, ending a two-game skid.


Out of the holiday break, Anoka picked up a 4-2 win over Champlin Park Jan. 4, featuring two goals from Anoka’s Jordan Peterson, whose second goal proved to be the game winner 47 seconds into the third period. Connor Nicklaus had two assists to help the cause. Champlin Park outshot the Tornadoes 42-27.

Centennial shutout the Tornadoes at the Anoka Area Ice Arena, 4-0, Jan. 9.


Elk River scored four unanswered goals to hand Blaine its first Northwest Suburban Conference loss of the season, 6-4, Jan. 9.

Elks’ Chase Springman tied the game 3:44 into the third period and scored the game winner less than four minutes later at 7:22.

Elk River’s Dylan Bouten scored 2:06 apart in the first period, but Blaine countered in the second period on goals by leading scorer Tyler Cline at 1:55 and 4:09 to give the home team a 4-2 lead.

Blaine goalie Bailey Ketola stopped 20 of 26 shots he faced, while Elks counterpart Joey Grillo stopped 22 of 26 shots.

Coon Rapids

Coon Rapids began the new year with a trip to Rochester John Marshall and an 8-2 loss Jan. 4.

Cardinal senior Tyler Wojociechowski scored 2:10 into the contest to tie the game after the Rockets scored after just 32 seconds. John Marshall broke the 1-1 game 17 seconds later and made it 3-1 another 25 seconds later. The home team added two more goals to make it 5-1 after the first period.

Coon Rapids’ other goal was scored by Chris Lundberg 4:26 into the second period and goalie Zach St. John made 47 saves in the loss.

Five days later, Osseo needed overtime to get past Coon Rapids, 3-2. Osseo’s Mason Hautala scored 6:16 into the extra session on a power play to end the Northwest Suburban Conference game.

The Cardinals tied the game twice on goals by Garrett Dey and Wojociechowski, but it wasn’t enough. Dey assisted on Wojociechowski’s goal at the 6:02 mark of the third period, but the Cardinals record fell to 2-10-0.

Legacy Christian

Legacy continued Two Rivers Conference action with a 4-1 home win over Mora/Hinckley-Finlayson, Jan. 9.

Elmo Holleran scored a power play goal at 15:14 of the third period and assisted on the other three Lions goals to give him 13 points on the season and help Legacy improve to 6-6-0.

Spring Lake Park

Spring Lake Park had a two-game winning streak snapped in a 7-3 loss at Totino-Grace Jan. 9.

The North Suburban Conference opener for both sides had the Panthers down 4-3 heading into the final period, despite being outshot 34-15 through the first 36 minutes of play.

The Eagles peppered Spring Lake Park’s Aaron Furlano by a 21 to five shots margin and he finished the contest with 50 saves and the loss.

Spring Lake Park’s Deven Sunell had a goal and assist to highlight the offensive production.

St. Francis

After losing to Cloquet 6-5 Jan. 4, it was St. Francis’ turn to score a half-dozen goals in a 6-2 win over Monticello Jan. 9.

The Saints fourth win of the season featured a four-goal third period in a span of less than seven minutes by different skaters. Kyle Wagner finished with two goals and two assists and Lucas Caroll had four assists.

Wagner helped St. Francis earn another impressive win, this time in a 10-1 win against Cambridge-Isanti Jan. 11. The senior winger had four goals and six assists, playing a role in goal during the rout.

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Blaine's Nic Simpson, right, tries to knock the puck loose from Andover's Tyler Tomberlin. Blaine's Brandon Notermann, front, bursts past Andover's Zach Sitarz during the Bengals 5-3 win Jan. 4. Coon Rapids' Brett Johnson knocks the puck away from Huskies John Chorzempa. Coon Rapids' Lukas Ruff, right, makes a pass before Andover's Reece Tullbane intercepts the puck. Coon Rapids' Michael Fredrickson, back, tangles with Andover's Tyler Vold during their Dec. 19 contest. Photos by Bill Jones Cambridge's  Collin Anderson splits Panthers Adam Bachmeier and Noah Bormann during their Jan. 2 contest. Photos by Bill Jones Spring Lake Park's Brandon Richards, right, watches a deflection sail away from the Bluejackets goal. Spring Lake Park's Jacob Nystrom, left, works the puck away from Cambridge's Kurtis Grimm. Spring Lake Park's Luke Turnquist, right, sets to make a pass away from Cambridge's Luke Nelson. Spring Lake Park's Jake Kroll, left, makes a pass away from Mora's Justin Kneiszler. Spring Lake Park's Tyler Larson knocks the puck away from Mora's Vincent Bentfield. Photos by Bill Jones
Cambridge's Collin Anderson splits Panthers Adam Bachmeier and Noah Bormann during their Jan. 2 contest. Photos by Bill Jones

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