Huskies rebound to win consolation trophy

Andover (18-10-3) bounced back from a loss in its first state girls hockey tournament game, a 4-2 loss to No. 3 seed Eden Prairie, with a pair of satisfying wins to lift the Class AA state consolation bracket trophy.

Andover stands near the blue line during pregame introductions. Photo by Jason Olson Andover senior Sierra Langlie snaps a shot on the Eden Prairie goal late in the first period. Photo by Jason Olson Andover's Sierra Langlie works the puck through the neutral zone. Photo by Jason Olson Andover's Sierra Langlie, middle, looks to make a pass between two Eden Prairie skaters. Photo by Jason Olson Andover's Sidney Portner, left, deflects the puck away from an Eden Prairie skater. Photo by Jason Olson Andover's Michelle Holmes skates past an Eden Prairie skater during the first period of the Class AA state quarterfinal. Photo by Jason Olson Andover's Michelle Holmes, right, tries to work the puck free from an Eden Prairie player. Photo by Jason Olson Andover's McKenzie Sederberg skates with the puck through neutral ice. Photo by Jason Olson Maddie Rooney earned a place on the Wells Fargo All-Tournament team. Photo by Jason Olson Andover eighth-grader Claire Butorac passes the puck during the first period of the AA quarterfinal. Photo by Jason Olson
Andover's Michelle Holmes skates past an Eden Prairie skater during the first period of the Class AA state quarterfinal. Photo by Jason Olson

Leading scorer Mikayla Goodin scored her 19th and 20th goals of the season in what was also the game winners.

First was a double-overtime goal in a 2-1 win over Burnsville Feb. 21 in the consolation semifinal. The next broke a scoreless consolation final against Mounds View. Goodin scored with 1:42 left in regulation on the power play with an assist from senior captain Sierra Langlie and sophomore McKenzie Sederberg.

Junior goalie Maddie Rooney stopped 18 shots for her seventh shutout of the season.

State quarterfinals loss

Eden Prairie scored three unanswered goals to down Andover 4-2 in the Class AA state girls’ hockey quarterfinal game played at Xcel Energy Center Thursday, Feb. 20.

A scoreless first period gave way to a four-goal second period that saw the teams skate off the ice for the second intermission tied 2-2.

Langlie fired a slapshot from just inside the blue line past Eagles goaltender Whitney Padgett to open the scoring on the power play just 3:05 into the period.

Eden Prairie (20-7) tied the game on a rebound goal by Crystalyn Hengler just over four minutes later.

Andover retook the lead after Jordan Olsen made a heads-up read from behind the Eagles goal to find Abbie Turpin skating free toward the goal. Teammate Michelle Holmes let the puck sail past her where Turpin collected it on her stick, waiting for the goal to open up and fired a wrist shot past Padgett at 13:45.

Eden Prairie junior Charly Dahlquist slotted home a loose rebound at the back door side of the Huskies goal to tie the game up heading into the locker rooms.

Dahlquist, the Eagles leading scorer with 37 points coming into state, scored what would be the game-winner just 1:40 into the final period.

She snapped a shot into the upper corner of the goal, over Rooney’s blocker, to make it 3-2.

Eden Prairie added an empty net goal by Kate Rydland with 1:11 left to send the Eagles into Friday’s semifinal against Hill-Murray and Andover into the consolation bracket semifinal against Burnsville at Ridder Arena.

Rooney did a spectacular job of limiting Eden Prairie’s quality scoring changes even though the shots totals heavily favored the Eagles for the game 30-17. That includes a 15-3 edged in the second period when Andover scored twice.

The Huskies continued to have a strong supporting cast in the form of the rowdy student section, clad in white-out T-shirts and headbands. The Andover students filled over a section while across the rink, Eden Prairie brought only a handful of students.

Andover coach Melissa Sailor the support from the community throughout sections was appreciated.

“They were able to pack the house for the section final at Fogerty [Arena] too. It was a big deal,” she said, noting other Andover teams adjusted their schedules to make it to the section final against Elk River.

Weather delays

One of the worst winter storms in recent memory delayed the start of the consolation semifinal against Burnsville at Ridder Arena Friday morning.

The Huskies late arrival pushed the start back only 10 minutes but it was Goodin’s 19th goal of the season, one minute into the second overtime to top the Blaze 2-1.

Holmes and Sederberg set up the goal, nine minutes into overtime.

Rebecca Voltin gave Andover a 1-0 lead, 7:59 into the contest and that score stood before Burnsville capitalized on the power play just 2:28 into the third period.

Rooney posted 27 saves as the Andover offense peppered the Burnsville net by an 11-5 edge in overtime.

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