Girls hockey: Blaine, Andover hang true to top seed status

Section 7AA

Top seed Andover held true to form, reaching the Feb. 13 championship game in Duluth against No. 2 seed Elk River/Zimmerman.

This issue went to press before that game was played. Look for results in the Feb. 21 edition.

Andover goalie Maddie Rooney is one key to the success for the top-seeded Huskies that are two wins from state.    Photo by Bill Jones

Andover goalie Maddie Rooney is one key to the success for the top-seeded Huskies that are two wins from state. Photo by Bill Jones

The Huskies enjoyed the home ice advantage, winning the opening two rounds by a combined 14-2 score. First up was a 9-1 win over No. 8 Cambridge. Andover scored seven times in the first period including Sidney Portner’s goal just eight seconds into the game. Abbie Turpin finished with two goals and three others each had one goal and an assist.

The Huskies faced No. 5 seed Forest Lake in the semifinals, winning 5-1 with four goals in the second period.

Senior captain Sierra Langlie tied the game with 1:04 left in the first period and took the lead just 26 seconds into the second period. She assisted on Turpin’s goal to make it 3-1 at the 5:10 mark of the period.

St. Francis/North Branch ended its season with a 3-0 loss to Elk River in the quarterfinals Feb. 6.

The Saints were out shot 41-16, giving up early goals in the first 45 seconds of the second and third periods to set the tone. Saints goalie Kendra Barck stopped 38 shots.

The team finished 8-12-5 overall and 2-6-2 record in the Mississippi 8 Conference to place sixth in its first season with the conference.

Coon Rapids' Bryna DelCastillo dumps the puck in on Blaine during a regular season meeting in Coon Rapids. Photo by Bill Jones

Coon Rapids’ Bryna DelCastillo dumps the puck in on Blaine during a regular season meeting in Coon Rapids. Photo by Bill Jones

Section 5AA

• Amy Schlagel scored three times for top-seed Blaine in a 7-0 rout of No. 8 Rogers in the quarterfinals at Roseville Saturday afternoon.

Blaine jumped to a 4-0 lead in the first period keyed by two goals from Kiersten Falck and finished the game with a 52-18 shots advantage, including a 21-3 edge in the second period.

• Ninth-seeded Coon Rapids’ season came to an end with a heartbreaking 3-2 overtime loss to No. 8 Rogers at Roseville Feb. 5.

Down 2-0 less than two minutes into the third period, Coon Rapids (5-18-3) scored twice to force overtime. The Cardinals outshot the Royals 44-19 in the game the shot in overtime were 3-1 in Rogers’ favor.

Coon Rapids coach Jessica Christopherson said the team felt very good going into the extra session.

“We had played a great third period and were getting a lot of chances,” she said. “Once we got the tying goal we thought we’d win it in regulation. So at the break, we just regrouped a little … it was all very positive.”

Cardinals forward Allie Stalboerger scored at the 3:25 mark and Lily Hackett tied the game at 14:45. Heidi Hannula assisted on both goals and Hackett assisted on Stalboerger’s tally.

Christopherson said it was tough to accept that type of ending to the season.

“Our kids competed well, all year, and I’m so proud of that,” she said.

Hackett, a sophomore, led the Cardinals with 17 points (10 assists) this season.

Rogers’ Gabrielle Billing scored both regulation goals including a short-handed goal at 1:57 of the third period.

She also set up Kassie Scherling with the overtime score at the 5:16 mark.

Coon Rapids came into sections with consecutive wins against North Metro (5-2, Jan. 30) and Champlin Park (3-1, Feb. 1).

The Cardinals overpowered the Stars by a 54-10 shots edge and Britni DelCastillo had a hat trick and one assist. Sister Bryna DelCastillo assisted on each goal.

Against Champlin Park, it was Coon Rapids’ comeback ability that prevailed with three goals in the final period. Stalboerger tied the game at 1-1 at 2:52. Britni DelCastillo scored the game winner with 1:32 left in regulation. Hackett scored to make it 3-1 with 51 seconds left.

Weber made 23 saves for her third win of the season.

• Seventh-seeded Spring Lake Park/St. Anthony Village came into sections with a 3-1-1 record over the last five games.

That success didn’t transfer to the section quarterfinal where No. 2 seed Irondale prevailed 4-2 Saturday afternoon in Roseville.

Allie Guzy and Maggie Ronning scored for the Panthers but four points from Irondale’s Samantha Donovan helped the Knights move on. Alex Toupal added the other two goals and they out shot the Panthers 28-19.

Ronning finished the season with 28 points, second best behind Kim Patterson’s 36 points (19 goals).

• Anoka senior Blair Parent scored the lone goal in the No. 6 seeded Tornadoes 3-1 quarterfinal loss to No. 3 Mounds View Saturday.

Anoka’s leading scorer, Parent, collected her 18th goal and 30th point of the season.

Mounds View’s Cristi Oliver scored twice and Sydney Brodt added two assists and Anoka goalie Molly Scarborough made 39 saves.

The Tornadoes finish the season 9-16-1.

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

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