Minnetonka and Edina earn big wins, Moorhead wins 10th straight

#1AA Minnetonka 2, #3AA Hill-Murray 1

Two second-period goals were enough as top-ranked Minnetonka outlasted No. 3AA Hill-Murray 2-1 at Aldrich Arena.

After a scoreless first period in which Minnetonka outshot the Pioneers 13-9, the Skippers took advantage of a power play when Lindzi Avar notched her 15th goal of the season for a 1-0 lead. About seven minutes later fellow senior Kendra Distad notched her 12th of the season for a 2-0 cushion.

It stayed that way until the 3:53 mark of the third when Hill-Murray’s Jaycee Chatleain scored her 16th of the season to make it 2-1. But that’s all they could get past Minnetonka goaltender Layla Hemp, who finished with 33 saves. Hill-Murray’s Grace Zhan was equally impressive with 31 stops. The Skippers improved to 19-2-1 and will host Eden Prairie Saturday. Hill-Murray fell to 18-3-0 and will host Hastings Saturday.

Lindzi Avar scored one of Minnetonka’s two goals in their 2-1 win over #3AA Hill-Murray Thursday. LPH PHOTO BY JEFF ANDERSON


#6AA Edina 3, #2AA Andover 0

In a show of the parity amongst the top handful of teams in Class AA, No. 6AA Edina avenged a 3-0 loss on Dec. 27 to No. 2AA Andover with a 3-0 win over the Huskies Thursday night.

The Hornets outshot the Huskies 26-16, including 22-10 through the first two periods.

The game was scoreless, however, until midway through the second when sophomore Cate McCoy scored her 12th goal of the year.

It stayed 1-0 until the 10-minute mark of the third when Hannah Halverson notched her 19th of the season, assisted by Tori Anderson. Halverson then added her 20th into an empty net for the 3-0 win.

Nora Hannan stopped all 16 shots she faced to earn her third shutout of the season. She now sports a .931 save percentage. Edina improved to 17-5-1 and will host North Wright County Saturday. Andover fell to 15-4-3 and will host Champlin Park/Coon Rapids next Tuesday. Thursday’s win was also the 200th for Edina Head coach Sami Cowger.

#12AA Stillwater 6, #14AA Woodbury 6 OT

In one of the more entertaining games on the night, No. 14AA Woodbury staked themselves to a 4-0 lead only to see it dissipate and end in a 6-6 tie with No. 12AA Stillwater in a Section 4AA battle.

The Royals scored just a minute into the game when Alexa Bricko got them on board, assisted by Hailey Graunke. Abbey Lendzyk made it 2-0 five minutes in and then Graunke made it a 3-0 game at the 11-minute mark on a goal assisted by Maddison Boone and Stella Aune.

But they weren’t done. Olivia Mishacoff made it 4-0, assisted by Laini Gnetz and Natalie Meeder, with just under five minutes left in the frame.

Stillwater finally got on board with a minute left when Brynne Laska scored assisted by Brooke Nelson and Josie St. Martin to make it a 4-1 game after one period.

Nelson made it 4-2 94 seconds into the second with St. Martin assisting on the power play tally, but Bricko responded with her second of the game, also on a power play, assisted by Brooke Gnetz.

Down 5-2, Stillwater scored 20 seconds later to make it a 5-3 game. Senior Addy Finn then scored to close out the second period to make it 5-4.

In the third, goals by Stillwater’s Belle McKenzie and Nelson’s second of the game lifted the Ponies to a 6-5 lead. But Lendzyk scored her second of the night to tie it 6-6 with two minutes left.

In overtime both squads had three shots on goal, but neither could score as the game ended in a 6-6 tie. Stillwater is now 15-7-1 and will take on East Ridge Saturday. Woodbury (17-3-2) will take on Forest Lake.

Addy Finn scored one of Stillwater’s six goals in their 6-6 tie against Woodbury. LPH PHOTO BY JEFF ANDERSON

#5AA Benilde-St. Margaret’s 4, #15AA Eden Prairie 1

The Red Knights controlled play most of the night, outshooting the Eagles 38-10 on their way to a 4-1 win. Ellie Stewart, Avalyn Mikkelson, Talla Hansen and LuLu Rucinski all scored for BSM. Gianna Kowalkoski scored for Eden Prairie. The Red Knights improved to 16-3-1 and will host Holy Family Saturday. Eden Prairie fell to 12-10-1 and will travel to take on top-ranked Minnetonka Saturday.

#9AA Moorhead 5, North Wright County 2

Moorhead continued their winning ways with their 10th win in a row and 20th win of the season in a 5-2 win over North Wright County.

Ella Holm scored twice and added an assist, Olivia Kortan added three assists and Kate Kosobud had a goal and an assist to lead the Spuds, who are now 20-2-1 on the season. Kortan’s three assists gives her 28 on the season. She leads the Spuds with 45 points. Holm’s two goals gives her 14 on the season and 30 points. Moorhead will try for their 11th straight win against Brainerd/Little Falls Tuesday.

#10AA Lakeville South 2, #20AA Apple Valley 1

Claire Bronson continued her stellar play with a 25-save effort to help Lakeville South hold off Apple Valley 2-1 Thursday.

The Cougars built a 2-0 lead on goals by Lilly Hunst and Senna Hoffmann. Apple Valley’s Makayla Moran finally solved Bronson with three minutes remaining, but the senior goaltender held on late for the win to improve the Cougars to 18-1-3 on the season. They will take on crosstown rival #7AA Lakeville North Tuesday. Apple Valley (13-8-2) will host Lakeville North next Thursday.

Gentry Academy 2, #2A Orono 1

Orono outshot defending Class AA champions Gentry Academy 47-12, but ran into a hot goaltender in Isabelle Duetz and lost 2-1.

Ana Myers scored both goals for Gentry Academy, her second in the third period being the game winner. Elsa Myers assisted on both goals. Gabi Lopez scored the lone goal for Orono.

Other Scores:

Mankato East 3, Winona 1

Mankato West 4, Fairmont 1

Shakopee 3, Metro-South 0

Alexandria 4, Willmar 0

Northfield 4, Albert Léa 0

Bemidji 4, East Grand Forks 1

Marshall 5, Luverne 2

Duluth Marshall 2, Moose Lake Area 1

Maple Grove 7, Wayzata 0

Northern Lakes 8, International Falls 1

Owatonna 15, Austin 0

Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato 6, Prairie Centre 0

Prior Lake 5, Eagan 1

St. Paul/Two Rivers 1, Robbinsdale Armstrong/Cooper 1

Farmington 2, Eastview 1

Breck 6, Waconia 0

Minnesota River 4, Worthington 1