Red-hot Huskies look to keep that momentum alive

 

Coon Rapids’ Lukas Ruff, right, attempts to dump the puck in against Andover’s Reece Tullbane. Tullbane, a juniors sits fourth on the team with 21 points. Nine came in the last four games.       Photo by Bill Jones

Coon Rapids’ Lukas Ruff, right, attempts to dump the puck in against Andover’s Reece Tullbane. Tullbane, a juniors sits fourth on the team with 21 points. Nine came in the last four games. Photo by Bill Jones

Among the wins were four shutouts of Osseo, Cloquet, Armstrong and Champlin Park by a combined score of 26-0, plus one-goal wins against Maple Grove, Centennial and Anoka.

Add a 5-2 win over seventh-ranked Elk River and a 3-1 win over Maple Grove and the Huskies seem to have found a winning formula at the right time.

Scoring hasn’t been an issue for the Huskies with three players over the 30-point mark.

Senior captain Tyler Tomberlin leads the team with 58 points in only 21 games for a 2.76 points per game average. Tomberlin has collected at least two points in 13 straight contest for 42 points (14 goals) over the stretch as well as two hat-tricks with the second coming in a 7-0 win at Champlin Park Jan. 30.

The other hat-trick came in a 9-1 rout of now top-ranked Lakeville North, Dec. 28. Tomberlin also had two assists to match his season-high points total at five. The other five-point game included four goals in an 8-0 shutout of Armstrong Jan. 25.

Tomberlin’s sophomore linemate Zach Sitarz sits second on the team with 44 points and Tyler Vold is third with 37 points (29 assists).

Sitarz has 23 goals this season and at least one in seven of the last nine games.

His first career hat-trick came in the 7-0 rout of Cloquet-Esko-Carlton Jan. 21 and followed that with a two-goal, two-assist performance in an 8-0 win over Armstrong. Sitarz added one goal and assist against Elk River and a pair of assists against Maple Grove.

Blaine’s Kiersten Falck, left, competes for a puck against Andover’s Mikayla Goodin during the Bengals 3-0 win at Fogerty Arena in Blaine Jan. 5.  Photo by Bill Jones

Blaine’s Kiersten Falck, left, competes for a puck against Andover’s Mikayla Goodin during the Bengals 3-0 win at Fogerty Arena in Blaine Jan. 5.
Photo by Bill Jones

Andover senior goalie Ryan Olson put together four shutouts in five contests in a span of 14 days and continues to be a solid backstop with a solid .910 saves percentage and 2.42 goals against average. His 39 stops in the 3-1 win over Maple Grove Feb. 4 was one save shy of his season high (40 saves in a 7-6 loss to Elk River, Dec. 7).

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

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